Forward, Together

Khesia Taylor

As the new University Editor, I am honored to be the editor of your—and now mine, too—beloved magazine and excited to be a team member in the Office of University Communications.

Shortly after I arrived on campus, the University unveiled Howard Forward 2024—a strategic plan that would further elevate Howard’s position as a toptier institution.

To move forward is to make progress, and Howard, in its more than 150-year history, has remained consistent in its trailblazing path of excellence. From producing four Rhodes Scholars to being No. 89 on U.S. News and World Report’s top national universities list to being a top producer of African American applicants to medical schools, Howard excels in academics and service.

When I think about how I’ve moved forward in my life, education has always been inextricably woven into my path—from interacting with my first teacher in day care who encouraged my love of reading, to my work in undergraduate and graduate school, to my professional career that has always involved some aspect of work in higher education. My path forward led me to The Capstone, where I will share stories of its alumni, students, faculty … its history.

I join Howard as it envisions its path toward achieving even greater success in academics, research and service to others. In this issue, you’ll read more about Howard’s vision for the next five years, but you’ll also read about the amazing work currently taking place and how your fellow alumni are shining in their fields. You’ll read about research a current Ph.D. student is doing on soil from a burial ground in New York and how that work has the capacity to impact medical research for African Americans. And you’ll also have an opportunity to learn about how a STEM program is increasing the number of black research scholars in the field.

This issue only tells a few stories of many. Howard Forward will undoubtedly increase Howard’s position as a leader in academics, and I am grateful to be entrusted with sharing these stories with our alumni. I hope this issue excites you about the future of the University and makes you beam with pride about the work being done. It is important to me that this publication highlights all the ways in which you are thriving, so I look forward to your story ideas, feedback on this issue and any thoughts you may have on how to make your publication more dynamic and engaging.

Excellence in Truth and Service, 

Khesia Taylor




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