Howard Bison Beat June 2017

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A Monthly Newsletter from the Office of the President


June 2017 Volume 6 Issue 5


Dear Howard Community, Each day, rays of sunshine highlight the beauty of the Capstone—a signal that summer has officially arrived and that another successful spring semester has concluded at Howard University. Although traditional semester-long classes have ended, the pulse on campus remains strong. I believe success is a compilation of increased research and development opportunities, student study abroad opportunities, alumni donors, STEM and liberal arts pipeline programs, women in leadership, and most importantly, an enhanced student experience. Although, I am reminded to be more obsessed with the journey than any one destination, I am certainly impressed by the victories of our students, faculty, and staff members. Many of whom have worked diligently to ensure the success of innovative programs such as Howard University’s Pre-Health Summer Enrichment Program, Bison STEM Scholars Program, Howard West (the University’s partnership with Google), the Inclusive Innovation Incubator at Howard University

and the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center. Additionally, a plethora of students were selected for prestigious national and international scholarships and fellowships. For the first time this year, more than 500 Alternative Spring Break students traveled to two international sites—Haiti and Ghana—and 11 domestic sites to respond to the needs of our communities through service and activism. I am also happy to announce that the University’s 13 schools and colleges are now being led by seven women deans and six male deans—indicative of this administration’s increased focus on providing access to leadership opportunities to women. All of the above are victories that will ultimately enhance the educational experience at Howard University. Since its 1872 announcement of having graduated the first woman in the United States,

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white or black, from a nonprofit law school, Howard has set a standard of excellence that has propelled leaders. These leaders—like our own commencement orator, Senator Kamala Harris have excelled in law, medicine, politics, religion, and other professions against significant odds. It was a special honor to welcome the first African-American and first woman to serve as attorney general and a daughter of Howard back to alma mater to impress her words of encouragement upon the class of 2017.

During the 149th Commencement Convocation, we conferred 2,191 degrees, including 300 master’s degrees and 105 Ph.Ds. More than 350 students received professional degrees in law, medicine, pharmacy and dentistry. Howard University is the site of the only dental and pharmacy colleges in the District of Columbia. We marked the 150th anniversary of the University’s founding throughout the academic year, and it is my belief that the establishment of Howard University constituted one of the most noteworthy accomplishments in the history of American colleges and universities. The summer semester at Howard University does not permit a decrease in momentum. Much like summer solstice, our days are longer, filled with strategic planning and focusing our vision toward the future. Our time is certainly NOW. Excellence in Truth and Service,


Class of 2017: Forging A Way Forward


Howard University’s 149th Commencement Convocation Honorary Degree Recipients


2017 David L. Boren Scholarship Recipients


2 Howard Women’s Unconventional Journey Toward Attaining Doctorate Degrees


HU Summer Innovation


New Appointments


Join us on “The Journey”

Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA President

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Class of 2017: Forging A Way Forward U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris delivered the commencement address in May, urging students to go to the front lines to fight for the nation’s deepest values of justice and equality. “History has proven that each generation of Howard graduates will forge the way forward for our country and our world, and now, graduates, it is your turn,” Harris said. “You are graduating in a very different time than you arrived a few short years ago.” Harris, a Howard alumna PAGE 4 | Bison Beat Monthly Newsletter | JUNE 2017

applauded the members of the class of 2017 for their social activism as college students, including their contribution to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and participation in the roiling protests of social injustice throughout the country. “You students have joined the fight for justice—you protested,” Harris said. “From the streets of Ferguson to the halls of the United States Congress, you have lived the words of James Baldwin, ‘There is never a time in the future in which we will work out our

salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.’” Harris is both the first AfricanAmerican and first woman to serve as attorney general for the state of California. She is the second African-American woman in history to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

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2017 David L. Boren Scholarship Recipients

Howard University’s 149th Commencement Convocation Honorary Degree Recipients

2 Howard University students, Corey Holmes and Grace Olubowale, were selected for the prestigious Boren Award and will study abroad for the 2017-18 academic year.

This year’s commencement celebration featured an all-women list of honorary degree recipients. Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray was posthumously recognized with an honorary doctor of laws. Murray, a 1944 Howard University School of Law graduate, was a quiet force behind some of the most iconic civil rights and social justice events of the 20th century. She was a founding member of the National Organization for Women. Murray also was the first African-American woman ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1977. Maureen Bunyan received an honorary doctor of humane letters. Bunyan is an awardwinning journalist and news anchor who is a founder and board member of the International Women’s Media

Foundation and a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists. In her remarks, Bunyan said opportunities for Blacks in the mainstream media were born out of the urban rebellions of the 1960s. She urged students to hold the media accountable and to promote the interests of African Americans, immigrants and other marginalized people. Howard University also celebrated one of its own renowned scholars. Eleanor W. Traylor received an honorary doctor of humane letters. Traylor is a Howard University graduate professor of English and an acclaimed scholar and critic in African-American literature and criticism.

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A true wordsmith, her passionfiled appreciation for Howard was expressed with sentiments that seemed to jump off pages and physically touch the hearts and minds of all who were under the sound of her equally captivating voice. Traylor said Howard inspired her vocational commitment “to prepare the next generation for its work— seriously, relentlessly, and even ruthlessly.” She exclaimed the institution had “mapped a way out of no way on the road to excellence” in its 150-year history. “The real beauty of this day is equaled only to that day when the idea of our University was born.”

The Boren Awards are administered by the Institute of International Education on behalf of The National Security Education Program. David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren Awards provide U.S.

Corey Holmes has been awarded a Boren Fellowship to study in South Africa during the 2017-18 academic year. He is a graduate student in the Department of African Studies and Research.

one of South Africa’s 11 official languages.” Grace Olubowale has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to study in India during the

I look forward to engaging with the South African culture, and becoming proficient in isiZulu, one of South Africa’s 11 official languages." - Corey

2017-18 academic year. She is a political science major with a minor in English at Howard I am excited to be a Boren Scholar in India. This scholarship is giving me the opportunity to return and University. She will study Hindi at the American learn a language that I have come to love." - Grace Institute of Indian Studies in Jaipur. "I am excited to be undergraduate and graduate Mbeki African Leadership a Boren Scholar in India. This students with resources and Institute in Johannesburg. “I scholarship is giving me the encouragement to acquire am truly humbled to receive the language skills and experiences Boren Fellowship,” said Holmes. opportunity to return and learn in countries critical to the future “I look forward to engaging with a language that I have come to love." security and stability of our the South African culture, and nation. becoming proficient in isiZulu, He will study at the University of Witwatersrand and the Thabo

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2 Howard Women’s Unconventional Journey Toward Attaining Doctorate Degrees Tamanika Ferguson’s desire to attain a Ph.D. started when she came to Washington, D.C., to attend Barack Obama’s first presidential inauguration in 2009. She saw Howard

University and said it was the place she wanted to pursue her doctorate studies. From age 14 to 22, Ferguson referred to herself as a street hustler, a teenage mother and a highschool dropout without a GED. But now, she is Dr. Ferguson.

“I learned never to give up and to listen to my own voice and take unconventional paths to achieving my goals in education as a black woman,” said Ferguson, who earned a doctorate in Communication, Culture and Media Studies. “Never let anyone tell you are not smart enough, and you don’t have what it takes. Don’t late the haters stop you from pursuing your Ph.D. Everyone has a different path in life, and you can create your own path that can be a light to other people.”

Before earning her Ph.D., Ferguson started her academic career at Long Beach City College in California. In 2000, she did not need a GED or a high school diploma to get an associate degree. In 2006, she transferred to California State University Dominguez Hills, where she earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Africana studies. Ferguson’s dissertation titled, “Women in Prison Speak: A Case Study of Writings by Incarcerated Women and their Advocates,” is timely and compelling, especially at a time in U.S. history when the female prison population is growing and women’s rights are generally being eroded on every front. Ferguson’s research puts imprisoned women on the communication research agenda. Few studies have been done

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for over a 20-year period, and allowed her to tease out their personal, political and social views as expressed in their writings. The study is theorized; using a feminist theoretical framework of analysis, she

“It is gratifying to see students like Tamanika confront the deeper issues in society as well as to have watched her development as a scholar with self-discipline and commitment to accuracy in her work,” Byerly

Carolyn Byerly; Velma LaPoint, Ph.D.; Erica Southerland, Ph.D.; Barbara Hines, Ph.D.; and Elsa Barkley Brown.

Ferguson is from Harbor City, California—south of Los Angeles—and she “I learned never to give up and to listen to my own voice aspires to teach and and take unconventional paths to achieving my goals in research at the university level in California. Her education as a black woman,” - Tamanika instrumental case study is interdisciplinary and contributes said. “While it was difficult to was able to show how these determine the role of race in this to the fields of communications, writings gave incarcerated sociology, political science, study, since most authors did women a voice, and over time, criminal justice and women’s not identify their heritage, and their collective voices formed studies. they rarely spoke specifically to an incarcerated women’s public TAMANIKA


on this population, and none of those studies consider the women’s ability to act and speak for themselves. Her focus on agency (through media activism) and voice are original and important because these factors move beyond the view of women in prison as helpless or as victims of the system. “Ferguson’s findings are useful,” said Carolyn Byerly, Ph.D., Ferguson’s adviser and chair of Howard University’s Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies. “Her analysis of newsletters and published essays in books brought to light the concerns of several dozen women’s ‘media activism’

racial concerns in their writings, Tamanika determined that her sample of authors were likely to be mainly women of color, since they account statistically for the majority of women in prison in California and the rest of the During Ferguson’s second year nation. The study thus responds of study, she took Byerly’s closely to the [Communication, class on gender, culture and Culture and Media Studies] communication. Thus, Byerly program’s goals of advancing was involved with Ferguson’s scholarship in the interest of research for several years. social justice, especially with respect to African Americans and “Black Girl Magic other marginalized is a rallying call communities.” of recognition. sphere. Ferguson’s instrumental case study is interdisciplinary and contributes to the fields of communications, sociology, political science, criminal justice and women’s studies.”

Embedded in the everyday is a magnificence that is so easy to miss because we’re so mired in the struggle and what society says we are.” AVA DUVERNAY

Upon graduating in May 2017, Ferguson attributed part of her success to her mentors in the program, including

For Radscheda Nobles, Ph.D., graduation signifies the completion of an uphill battle—a health disability combined with numerous financial constraints. Her completion of Howard’s four-year Ph.D. program in May 2017 reveals a journey characterized by tribulation and dedication. Nobles, who has a learning disability and neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue, has grown academically and emotionally, said Gina F. Marr, Howard University’s disability/ technology coordinator.

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Her struggles have made her stronger and successful despite her difficulties, and she’s now forever in the thread of HU Ph.D. graduates.” Nobles, who earned a Ph.D. in sociology, acknowledged that one of her biggest obstacles has been herself. She had been an unruly teenager, RADSCHEDA AND a high school DR. WATKINS dropout and homeless and had to come “There was a time she missed to terms with her past choices school because of lack of and worked hard to achieve her tuition and she decided to clean goals. homes to raise money for her fees to continue with her Ph.D. “I struggled with severe health program. Nobles would spend complications, financial and hours talking to the dean, asking housing issues and a lack of questions about how she could food at times,” Nobles said. enhance her dissertation. Our “I struggled most with people counseling center also provided not believing, supporting, services to help her achieve her nor accepting me due to goals. She is an inspiration to my disorder and what they our office and to other students. perceived to be shortcomings.

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However, through God’s grace and many other people that have supported me along this journey, I am a graduating doctoral student in the Sociology and Criminology Department,” she said. “I credit the following professors, who have been equally inspirational and supportive in this journey: Ralph Gomes, Ph.D.; Ivor Livingston, Ph.D.; Tariqah Nuriddin, Ph.D.; Valethia Watkins, Ph.D.; Vernetta Young, Ph.D.; Marie-Claude Jipguep, Ph.D.; Rebecca Reviere, Ph.D.; Linda Jones, Ph.D.; Dean Elaine Heath, Ph.D.; Ms. Gina Marr; and Ms. Joanna Bonner.”

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In all, my journey at Howard University has made me realize that I cannot mimic the way others run their race,” Nobles said. “My life, my mistakes and abilities do not allow me to run my race the same way as others, but acceptance of myself, my heart and my determination will give me the ability to stay in the race with others.” - Radscheda

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PROFESSIONAL DEGREES More than 375 students received professional degrees in law, medicine, pharmacy and dentistry. Howard University is the site of the only dental and pharmacy colleges in the District of Columbia.

Nobles is currently challenging others to get to know the stories of the people that are often overlooked. Professors, colleagues, friends and even financial aid workers are part of the daily rhythm at Howard, and it’s easy to make assumptions about them. Born in Greenville, North Carolina, and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Nobles received her master’s degree in criminal justice from Fayetteville State University and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. “In all, my journey at Howard University has made me realize that I cannot mimic the way others run their race,” Nobles said. “My life, my mistakes and abilities do not allow me to run my race the same way as others, but acceptance of myself, my heart and my determination will give me the ability to stay in the race with others. Thank God, I do not look like what I’ve been through … GED to Ph.D.” Nobles’ dissertation titled, “Intersecting Oppression: Sociodemographic Indicators, Disability Status, and Intimate Partner Violence Among Women of Color” utilized a populationbased dataset from the 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to assess reported experiences of intimate partner violence among disabled and non-disabled women of color. She’s been an educator for the last 10 years and currently teaches online courses at North Carolina A&T and Prince George’s Community College. She plans to write a book detailing her struggles and how she used her struggles to achieve higher academic and career goals. Ultimately, she hopes to use her expertise in research to build an academic career that has an impact on crime, disability and justice..

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HU Summer Innovation:

HU Summer Innovation

Howard West

Howard West serves as the realization of my vision to expand Howard’s presence to the West Coast and will provide one more opportunity for Howard University to offer innovative, world-class learning experiences to its students, preparing them for work and leadership in the community - Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA.

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Howard and Google’s longstanding partnership with the Google in Residence program was the foundation for Howard West. Because the Google in Residence program embeds Google engineers as faculty at Howard and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Howard West was a natural and logical next step. The program connects the geographical, academic and cultural divide between declaring a major in computer science and landing a job in tech.

This summer Howard University celebrates the launch of Howard West, a three-month, summer computer science residency for rising juniors and seniors in the University’s computer science program. It is a major step forward for Google’s efforts to recruit and retain diverse technical

talent. Howard West will produce hundreds of industryready Black computer science graduates—future leaders with the power to transform the global technology space into a stronger, more accurate reflection of the world around us. Howard students will gain

experience working in Silicon Valley, learn from top technology professionals and get advanced training. They also will learn valuable skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, communications strategies, decision-making and creativity, while using their academic knowledge in real-life contexts.

Within five years, 740 students will have matriculated. Howard West will serve the entire tech ecosystem—not just Google. For the University, this is another opportunity to provide innovative, worldclass learning experiences to its students, preparing them for work and leadership in the community. Students in the program will obtain 12 credits toward graduation through an immersion curriculum. Many Howard leadership and faculty helped make this program possible. The College of Engineering and Architecture, the Department of Computer Science and others who supported this effort are to be commended.

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HU Summer Innovation

Howard University’s Allison Morgan, Ph.D., Chronicles her Faculty Externship at MasterCard Our partnership with Mastercard allowed for a vital initiative that provided externship experience and practical experience in a digital business environment to update current models of academic curricula and enhance the job readiness of students. I remain invested in faculty development and I hope to ensure that Howard provides competitive resources for our students, staff and faculty. The externship focused on four critical areas that educated and exposed Dr. Morgan to recruitment processes, corporate culture, technical capabilities as well as innovation in the organization, including: brand awareness, building the talent pipeline, enhancing skills development and building future partnerships.” – Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA

During conversations with several people at MasterCard, ranging from seniorlevel executives to new college hires, MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga often says: “We do well by doing good.” It is obvious from my three-week tenure in the New York City TechHub at MasterCard, the organization is certainly “doing good.” MasterCard is currently going through a digital transformation process. Its successful core business is still at the heart of the organization, but its sights are set on infiltrating the digital payments industry. The company already has introduced MasterPass, the Qkr! App, and several other

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work is done, the goals and objectives of the organization, the focus on human capital and the shared mission of progress and growth. My goal for the externship was two-fold: to learn about digital transformation at MasterCard from the individuals working through it and to understand and evaluate the talent acquisition and recruitment process to look for opportunities to grow the minority talent pipeline. My time in the TechHub was organized around three key organizational areas: User Experience; Innovation and Labs; and Technology.

technologies that give them a seat at the digital table. The energy in the organization around innovation is infectious. During my time in the TechHub, my faculty externship allowed me an insider-view into the way

MasterCard has the benefit of an established brand, globalreach and dynamic resources, with the agility, forethought and enthusiasm of a start-up. The focus on the opportunities in digital are far-reaching and the motivation for the company is grounded in helping all people become members of the digital economy. Innovation, which is happening in all facets of the organization, has an incubator in the organization called MasterCard Labs. With the insulation and flexibility to be able to research, evaluate

and test new products and processes, Labs is where magic happens. Some of the challenges I witnessed for MasterCard in this space were related to value proposition for growth, maintaining identity around payment processing while competing with tech giants and evolving as a tech firm, and providing excellent customer in experience while still operating in the unique b2b2c (business to business to consumer) space. However, these challenges are a driver for the workforce at MasterCard. The employees view it as a personal challenge to understand how to position the organization for success in whichever avenue they can achieve the proper footing. It is an everyday battle, but the teams at MasterCard are wellpositioned to work for their space in the industry. In terms of talent, individuals at MasterCard are well-aligned with their roles in the organization. I view it as a testament to the organizational climate, leadership and opportunities, which allow people to be self-directed in their career trajectory. The attributes of

people who are successful at MasterCard exhibit intellectual curiosity, passion, emotional intelligence, adaptability and a love for learning. These attributes are shared across each of the business units and across all regions. In terms of diversity, MasterCard is aware of the work that needs to be done. They have made strides in some geographical locations, but there is room for growth across the entire organization, and it is my hope that the outcome of my externship will help the organization to better understand how to engage with diverse talent at all levels of the company. I enjoyed my opportunity at MasterCard and thank all the people who volunteered their time, interest and expertise with me. It was amazing experience, and I hope to see a flourishing partnership between MasterCard and Howard University grow and develop in the near future.

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HU Summer Innovation

Howard University’s FirstEver Freedom School In alliance with an unwavering commitment to the pillars on which the University stands— Truth and Service—this summer, the Office of the Dean of the Chapel presents Howard University’s first-ever Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program. The CDF Freedom Schools program seeks to build strong, literate, and empowered children prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation, and world. By providing a six-week summer reading enrichment curriculum for children who might otherwise not have access to books, the CDF Freedom Schools program plays a much-needed role in helping to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps. Marian Wright Edelman, founder, and president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, CDF has become


Over the years, CDF Freedom Schools and their partners have served more than 137,000 children in more than 100 cities and 29 states.

the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. Mrs. Edelman, a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, began her career in the mid-60s when, as the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. Mrs. Edelman has received over a hundred honorary degrees and many awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Howard University’s Freedom School will take place June 26-Aug. 4. Eleven Howard undergraduate students will work as Servant Leader Interns alongside two recent Howard alumni who will work as Assistant Site Coordinators. Together, they will serve more than 60

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scholars from the Howard Middle School and metropolitan area. The Office of the Dean of the Chapel is inspired by the University-wide support it has received. The Office of the President, Office of External Affairs, the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, the Division of Student Affairs, the School of

Education, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Undergraduate Studies all have partnered to make Freedom School a success. Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick: Lessons in Servant Leadership at the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® national training in Knoxville, TN 2015:

Photo Credit: Wingate Hughes Architects and Anice Hoachlander of Hoachlander Davis Photography.

HU Summer Innovation

The Inclusive Innovation Incubator at Howard University “IN3” The Inclusive Innovation Incubator, also known as In3, is in the Tech Corridor of Washington, D.C., at 2301 Georgia Ave. The 8,000-squarefoot facility is a product of an inaugural, public, private, academic partnership between the Office of the Mayor, Howard University and Luma Lab. The Inclusive Innovation Incubator, also known as In3, is in the Tech Corridor of Washington, D.C., at 2301 Georgia Ave. The

8,000-squarefoot facility is a product of an inaugural, public, private, academic partnership between the Office of the Mayor, Howard University and Luma Lab. With a vision of truly inclusive entrepreneurship and a bustling tech ecosystem, the Inclusive Innovation Incubator, the first incubator focused intentionally on Diversity and Inclusion, opened its doors in April 2017. “The Inclusive Innovation Incubator is a space that’s seeking to fill a need for opportunity in communities that are underrepresented in entrepreneurship and technology. Our proximity to

Howard University, one of the nation’s premier HBCUs, isn’t a coincidence. We’re hoping to leverage the legacy of passion and talent the university has to offer and bring diverse individuals from not only Howard’s community but from all over the District of Columbia and beyond. We’re looking forward to working with the University to collaborate around programming and opportunities that educate, engage, and inspire communities to include themselves in the innovation economy,” said Aaron Saunders, CEO of IN3. Saunders is also an adjunct faculty member in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at Howard University.

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New Appointments HU Summer Innovation NEW appointments

Bison STEM Scholars Program

D. Paul Monteiro Jr. CHIEF OF STAFF

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Lisa Schroeder


On June 8, Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick announced the appointment of Lisa Schroeder, a consultant with Financial Aid Services, as acting director of the Office of Financial Aid.

Increase the number underrepresented students who enroll in and successfully complete a Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D. program in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.


NEW appointments

On May 23, Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick announced that D. Paul Monteiro Jr. would assume the role of Chief of Staff, effective June 5.


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This first cohort of BISON STEM Scholars has a 3.8 average GPA and average SAT and ACT scores of 1345 and 27 respectively

Monteiro brings more than a decade of governmental, nonprofit and higher education experience. He has gained expertise working at the White House and across all branches of the federal government in several key roles. Most recently, he led the Community Relations Service at the U.S. Department of Justice, the program created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to help to mitigate community tensions in high-profile discrimination cases by working with elected officials, law enforcement executives, protest leaders, advocacy groups and other relevant stakeholders.

Schroeder is an accomplished financial aid professional with nearly 30 years of experience in this area. Prior to her role with FAS, she served as the director of Student Financial Aid at Lamar Institute of Technology. She also served previously at Lamar University Beaumont in various capacities in financial aid and student services. Schroeder earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration from Lamar University Beaumont. She is considered a “superuser” of Ellucian’s Banner system and also is experienced with several other student information and financial aid management systems. Additionally, she is proficient with the U.S. Department of Education’s suite of applications and platforms for administering Federal Student Aid.

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NEW appointments

Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce


The Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce will join Howard University as Dean of the School of Divinity. The first woman to serve in this role in the Divinity School’s 150-year history, Pierce will provide academic and administrative leadership, vision and oversight for graduate and professional programs in the School of Divinity. She joins Howard University effective July 24. Pierce earned her bachelor of art in English and religion from Princeton University, two master’s degrees (English and Africana Studies) and a Ph.D. in religion and literature from Cornell University. A respected educator, Pierce is the recipient of various awards and acclamations, including “The Root 100” Most Influential African Americans and an honorary doctor of humane letters from Livingstone College. Pierce

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also is an ordained Christian minister, with deep roots in the Church of God in Christ. As a community leader, she maintains a highly visible public intellectual presence through frequent appearances on television, radio and various social media.

Pierce comes to Howard University from Princeton Theological Seminary where she had served in various roles, including the Elmer C. Homrighausen associate professor of religion and literature and the director of the Black Church Studies Program.

Join us next time… on “The Journey” “The Journey” is a weekly 15-minute program hosted by Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, 17th President of Howard University. A family man, scholar, surgeon, leader, servant of the world, Frederick engages in dynamic dialogue with local and national guests, learning about their journeys and their thoughts on a full range of issues of the day. Listeners can hear conversations about raising boys to manhood, encouraging women in leadership, detecting cancer, mentoring youth, preventing domestic violence, the value of a village and much more. Listen here:

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