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Howard Magazine

Winter 2024

Dr. Vinson Howard Magazine cover

Winter 2024

Ben Vinson III Believes In The Howard Way

Recently named Howard University’s 18th president, Vinson has promised his authentic self in the role. As he completes his first 100 days, we contemplate his journey to The Mecca — and his ambitious vision for its future.

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Rin-rin Yu and Ben Vinson III
Rin-rin Yu Editor in Chief

Letter from the Editor

We decided to show everyone the duties of our new president, Ben Vinson III, specifically on a Monday in November ahead of Thanksgiving. We invited renowned photographer Cheriss May (BA ’94) to shadow him for the day and she arrived with three Leicas around her neck and sneakers, ready to go.

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Ben Vinson III portrait

In just these few months, I know for certain that Howard is truly poised for maximum strength, and I believe that we will get there—together. I cannot wait to witness all the spring semester has in store for The Mecca.

From the President


HU marching band at Celebration Bowl

Perspective: Winter '24

Celebrate Good Times



Drs Tamara Owens and Debra Ford in simulation center

Simulation and Clinical Skills Center Celebrates Major Milestones as Its Vision Comes to Fruition.

From humble beginnings, the center has grown into an integral campuswide resource, a vital Black voice and a global leader.


The Hilltop 1996

More Than Just Paper

A former editor-in-chief of The Hilltop looks back on the responsibility of reporting facts, recording history, and representing student and Black voices.