More than 200 congressional representatives and educators met on
Capitol Hill under the leadership of the School of Education,
the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the Open Society Institute
to find ways to bolster education and social outcomes for African-American
males. The conference highlighted the groundbreaking research of
Ivory Toldson, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Education.
During the forum, experts provided revisions to the No Child Left
Behind Act and offered recommendations to the education funding
provisions outlined in President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act of 2009.
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of Commencement 2009 is available to watch on www.howard.edu.
Photo by Justin D. Knight
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,
president of the Republic of Liberia and the first woman to lead
an African nation, visited the campus and discussed her new book—This
Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First
The Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center
and the Women Ambassadors Foundation sponsored the 14th Annual Women
Ambassadors Conference. The conference featured ambassadors from
various parts of the world who presented their views on this year’s
topic, “Expectations for a New Language of Diplomacy in the Obama
Photo by Candice Hardy
Children from the Howard University Hospital Child Development
Center were treated to a tour of two floors in the White
House, including the dining room where the First Family entertains
guests and one of the president’s meeting rooms.
The NASCAR Kinetics program held a sports panel featuring
Marc Davis, the WHUR-FM 96.3 sponsored racer and the only African-American
NASCAR racer; Brandon Thompson, diversity manager for NASCAR; Talia
Mark, a national account executive for NASCAR; and others.
Blaine Robertson, of Reserve, La., is the 2009 winner
of the Tom Joyner Foundation “Full Ride Scholarship,” which covers
full tuition, room and board and books up to 10 semesters. Robertson,
who was selected from more than 500 applicants for the scholarship,
plans to attend Howard in the fall.
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