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Release Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 1:47 PM
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Sholnn Freeman
Communications Specialist
President Ribeau Commissions Campus Safety Task Force

WASHINGTON (September 24, 2013) – Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau recently commissioned a 38-member University-wide task force to lead a comprehensive review of campus safety initiatives, identify best practices, as well as make recommendations that ensure that Howard maintains the safest possible learning environment.

“Safety is one of the highest priorities for the Howard University community. In our ever-changing environment, it is critical that we do everything in our power to ensure our classrooms, residence halls and campus community are safe,” President Ribeau said.

The task force is co-chaired by Tricia Bent-Goodley, Ph.D., professor of social work, and Ayana Watkins-Northern, Ph.D., director of University Counseling Services. The task force includes administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, community leaders and parent representatives. The task force will report its findings to President Ribeau by Dec.1, 2013.

 “We are taking this initiative very seriously as safety is of paramount importance,” said co-chairs Bent-Goodley and Watkins-Northern. “We have crafted a process to hear from university stakeholders while documenting the good work that is already happening. Through healthy dialogue and rigorous investigation, we hope to offer meaningful recommendations that can further support the safety of our university community.”

The written report from the task force will include a review of safety initiatives, and recommendations for community safety education to ensure that the campus and surrounding neighborhoods are aware of safe practices, safety resources and potential safety concerns. 

In an effort to improve safety and security awareness at Howard University, the President’s Safety Task Force (PSTF) is holding listening sessions for the Howard Community to give feedback on how to improve safety and security for all at Howard University and Howard University Hospital. Upcoming Listening Sessions include:

Graduate and Professional Students:

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. at Carnegie Hall/Conference Room A

Faculty and Staff:

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 at 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. at Carnegie Hall/Conference Room A

Undergraduate and Transferring Students:

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Carnegie Hall/Conference Room A

Howard University Hospital:

Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (location TBD)

Those unable to participate in the Listening Sessions, are encouraged to participate in the public comment period and submit ideas and comments about safety and security at Howard to or visit here. The deadline for comments, suggestions and/or inquiries is 5 p.m., Oct. 11, 2013.

For more information, visit here.



Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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