Social Affinity & Cultural Groups
The Graduate School at Howard celebrates and embraces our students' differences. The diversity of our graduate student community and the unique experiences and perspectives of our students enrich our scholarly community.
A Sense of Belonging
Howard's social affinity and cultural groups provide a sense of belonging and affirming space for students who share an identity, background, affiliation, or commitment to a cause. These groups offer a space to celebrate shared culture and traditions, discuss common experiences, and provide mentorship, support, and fellowship, where students are enriched by the diversity of perspectives that shape Howard’s community.
African Students' Association
The Howard University African Students' Association (HUASA) aims to promote the unity, progress, and strength of students of African and non-African descent on campus. The HUASA also has extended hands of friendship and enhanced relationships between continental Africans and Africans in the Diaspora. These hands of friendship also include various community service programs organized by the HUASA to improve the quality of life in the local community and beyond.
Caribbean Students' Association
The Howard University Caribbean Students Association (HUCSA) aims to promote cultural awareness and recognition of Caribbean people within the University and the local community. HUCSA provides a haven for those Caribbean-born members venturing into a foreign environment while introducing them to the unique nuances of the American way of life. HUCSA aspires to educate, edify, and enrich its members while providing relaxation and entertainment.
CHANGO! Spanish Cultural Society
Howard's Afro-Latino and Spanish Cultural Society (Changó) aims to educate students about the Latino countries neighboring the U.S., focusing on those that also make up the African Diaspora. Changó wants to create an open, safe space for discussion and learning to increase students' cultural competency. Changó is an organization for all students! Whether you are Afro-Latino, Latino, or looking to learn about the African Diaspora, Changó is the organization for you!
Ethiopian Eritrean Student Association
EESA advocates for the awareness of the Ethiopian and Eritrean communities on and off campus. EESA aims to bridge the gap between Ethiopian and Eritrean students, both native-born and the diaspora, in their respective countries. Its goal is to raise awareness and educate students on significant cultural issues that affect their local and international communities. EESA provides an outlet for cultural and social solidarity within the diaspora community at Howard.
The Hilltop Newspaper
The Hilltop at Howard University remains at the forefront of campus, local, and national news. University-owned and student-operated, The Hilltop, with a weekly print circulation of 7,000 and a daily online publication, is committed to providing critical and enlightening news to the Howard University community and the Washington, D.C. Metro area. Two former students, Zora Neale Hurston and Eugene King, co-founded The Hilltop, laying the foundation for its remarkable journey.
Howard Association of Black Journalists
Howard University Association of Black Journalists (HUABJ) is the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) student chapter. This organization hopes to cultivate, teach, and prepare current student journalists at Howard University. As an extension of the National Association of Black Journalists, we believe that Black journalists nationwide should bind themselves together to increase Black employment in the media and to encourage students interested in pursuing a journalism career.
Howard Gospel Choir
Formed on the campus of Howard University in 1968, the Howard Gospel Choir (HGC) is a body of students, alumni, and community members dedicated to excellence in music ministry. Some of its most noted alumni include Grammy Award© winners Richard Smallwood and Coré Cotton (member of Sounds of Blackness), as well as Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark of the legendary Clark Sisters, R&B star Ángela Winbush. The choir also travels extensively throughout the United States and abroad.
Howard Water and Environment Association
The Howard University Water and Environment Association (HUWEA) is a Chesapeake Water Environment Association student chapter. Its purpose is to promote sustainable living on campus by demonstrating how sustainability can play into all areas of life, providing community service opportunities, and connecting students with environmentally oriented career and networking opportunities. Its core values are education, empowerment, and service.
The Society of Women Engineers
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) aims to encourage women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity. The Society of Women Engineers provides an encouraging atmosphere, a safe space, and networking opportunities for all female engineers and SWE allies on Howard University's campus.