HUH Is A Healthy Patient-Centered Institution

March 27, 2017

Many of you may have read yesterday’s article in The Washington Post that attempts to discredit the phenomenal work we do every day serving patients. I am troubled by what was written, specifically the accusations of gaps in care and patient safety. The article is driven by dated information and focuses on cases more than a decade old. It completely ignores present day practices we employ to deliver quality patient care. We all know that Howard University Hospital is a much better hospital than the one portrayed in the article.

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Howard University Partners with Google to Launch ‘Howard West’

March 23, 2017

I am proud to announce a new partnership with Google and the launch of ‘Howard West,’ a three-month, summer Computer Science residency for rising juniors and seniors in the University’s Computer Science program. The residency includes a dedicated workspace on Google’s Mountain View campus and a generous stipend to cover housing and other expenses in Silicon Valley.

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A Time to Celebrate, Reflect and Plan for the Next 150 Years

March 20, 2017

The recent Charter Day Convocation and Sesquicentennial celebratory events were monumental milestones for our community; a time to celebrate, reflect and look to our future. The occasion called for highlighting Howard’s distinctive legacy of academic excellence and the many contributions we’ve made to society since our founding. We honored the leadership role we have played and continue to exercise in advancing myriad issues impacting the African Diaspora. Importantly, we experienced unprecedented fundraising success.

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Statement about Our Unwavering Committment

March 10, 2017

Earlier this week, I had an opportunity to speak with students, faculty, staff and alumni concerned with the current Administration’s immigration policy pronouncements and the impact it may have on undocumented Howard students or those vulnerable to these policies.  I share the concerns expressed. In response to these concerns and inquiries regarding the University’s position on these matters and requests to declare Howard a sanctuary campus, I offer the following commitments...

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Statement on International Women's Day

March 8, 2017

On March 8th every year, International Women's Day is celebrated to commemorate women and their achievements. Although women have made significant strides in their fight for justice—there remains a long distance to cover. International Women’s Day commemorates the movement for women’s rights and highlights the academic, social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Be Bold for Change.' At Howard University, we stand in solidarity with the women who stayed away from work today to demonstrate how important and integral they are to our economy and lives.

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Statement on Immigration Ban

March 7, 2017

Yesterday, President Trump released a revised executive order that outlines changes to the previously released 90-day ban on immigrant travel to the United States. The new directive takes effect on March 16 and suspends the issuance of new visas for travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for 90 days. Current visa holders and those with legal permanent resident status are not included.  The order will also suspend refugee entries for 120 days.

We remain deeply troubled by this ban and the impact it is having on our community. There are Howard University community members that will be directly or indirectly impacted by these policies.

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Statement on Freedom of Speech

February 28, 2017

"Howard University is committed to the principles of free speech, public protest, and inclusivity, even though these ideals may sometimes conflict with one another. However, our commitment to the safety, well-being, and support of the Howard University community remains our highest priority.

Freedom of expression is embedded in our founding principles. As a campus administration, we have honored this principle by defending the right of community members who express a wide range of often conflicting points of view. Howard University has long been a safe haven for such discourse, welcoming opposing views and providing a platform for stimulating dialogue among students, faculty, staff and alumni alike. Moreover, we are choosing to defend the right to free expression at a historic moment for our nation, when this right is once again of insurmountable importance."

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Statement on Meeting with Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos

February 9, 2017

“Howard University is pleased that Betsy Devos, the new Secretary of Education, chose to visit our institution as her first official campus visit. We have a longstanding, successful relationship with the Department of Education and I look forward to advancing this relationship under the Secretary’s leadership. Our conversation today was a very meaningful one and I welcome the opportunity to continue discussing the many ways we can work together to forward the work of higher education, specifically that of Howard University, Howard University Middle School of Mathematics & Science, and HBCUs in general.”