Service Above All

Khesia Taylor

I am continually impressed by the depth of Howard’s service initiatives. Spanning several states, countries and continents, it is work that is ever-expanding and evolving.

Most impressively, right here in D.C., the University has established and cultivated partnerships and projects that not only continue to move Howard forward, but allows the University to give and serve the city that it calls home.

Howard has the great advantage of being in close proximity to politics and Fortune 500 business headquarters, which creates a plethora of opportunities for the University; however, in a city where the poverty rate is 17.4 percent and some of the most disadvantaged Wards are predominantly Black, there is an ongoing call to action—a call that Howard continues to answer.

Throughout the pages of this issue, you’ll read stories about new facilities east of the river that will give residents in Wards 7 and 8 better access to health care; learning initiatives that creates early access points to higher education for young learners; an alumni-owned organization in southeast D.C. that provides a safe space for victims of gun violence; and much more.

New in this issue, you will find at the end of each article an icon that represents the pillar of Howard Forward 2024 it relates to, along with a new Howard Forward section that’s dedicated to providing updates on the strategic plan. It is my goal for alumni to become as familiar with the strategic plan as our administration, students, faculty and staff.

Read these pages with Bison pride and continue to move alma mater forward through your own acts of service.

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