In Memoriam

Alicia J. Petersen and Other Bison Who Have Passed On

Alicia K Petersen | Christa Beverly| Brin Hawkins | Other Bison Alumni by Class Year

Campus Gate with Flowers

Alicia J. Petersen, PhD

Petesen taught urban politics and public policy for more than 10 years in the Howard University Department of Political Science. She also oversaw the department’s former community development program and minor before her retirement in 2016. She was immensely loved by the many students she mentored; her classes were especially popular among political science and economics majors and minors in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Alicia Petersen

Petersen’s work on the community development program extended well beyond the classroom. Her efforts at connecting the department to the local community led to the establishment of many internships for hundreds of Howard students. She annually organized a Community Development Day event at Howard that brought together many DMV region community organizations to engage with students and to provide internship and employment opportunities. During the Clinton administration, she was appointed executive assistant to the deputy under secretary for rural development, where she worked on housing issues in the Lower Mississippi Delta and the Colonia regions.

She also served as special assistant to U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, focusing on equity in agriculture for Black farmers. In 2010, Petersen served as executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute.

Christa Beverly (BA ’83)

was a civil rights lawyer who actively advised her husband, Prince George’s County executive Rushern Baker III (BA ’82, JD ’86), in his political career. They met at Howard. Beverly was a government affairs director for the United Negro College Fund and worked as a congressional staff member.

Christa Beverly in front of a lake with a city in the background

In Memoriam

Brin Hawkins, PhD (BS ’64, MSW ’66)
September 16, 2021

Priscilla “Prissy” Lorraine Ryder (N. ’66, MEd ’82)
October 22, 2020

John L. Clark Jr. (MSW ’67)
April 3, 2020

Ali Salahuddin (BA.’70)
July 22, 2021

Sylvia Patricia Royal (N ’70)
September 15, 2021

Carlton Fraser (MD ’75)
November 21, 2021

Angela (Angie) B. Edwards (BS ’80)
August 23, 2021

This story appears in the Winter 2022 issue.

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