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Welcome Letter

Executive board officers are committed to building upon the foundation created by past leaders in maintaining and enhancing social events and professional development, while also creating new programs that will strengthen the community of all graduate students.

My fellow Bison,

It is with great honor and pride that I welcome you to Howard University. My name is Natalie Muñoz and I have the pleasure of serving as the Graduate Student Council President for the 2020-2021 academic year.

During her 2017 commencement speech Vice-President Elect/Howard Alumni Kamala Harris stated, “History has proved that each generation of Howard graduates will forge the way forward for our country and our world.” You will find these words to be true as you learn, lead and embody excellence in truth and service. You were admitted into The Mecca because your voice matters and you were destined to serve your community. 

Howard University is composed of trailblazing graduate students from diverse backgrounds, majors, and interests. Combined with our faculty’s commitment to Black intellectual excellence we are equipped to not just endure but to thrive. As a result of structural racism and a global pandemic I understand that the challenges we face will require us as Howard prepared graduate students to be innovative leaders, creative thinkers and work collaboratively toward social justice reform. 

The Graduate Student Council is designed to advocate on behalf of graduate students’ needs and provide students with professional development and networking opportunities. We do this by hosting monthly general body meetings, partnering with organizations around campus, and contributing to the needs of Washington, DC with community service. We continuously aim to connect graduate students to the many resources offered by the university to ensure a welcoming and inclusive graduate student experience.

Furthermore, we hope that global leaders are connected and lasting friendships are built through your engagement in the Graduate Student Council at The Mecca. Whether you’re matriculating as a Master’s or Doctoral student, it takes a village, and The Graduate Student Council takes pride in being your advocate and resource.

My e-board and I are passionate about serving the graduate student community and we hope to meet you during your time at Howard. We look forward to supporting you as best we can. Welcome to the Bison family! You can contact us by email: for more information. 

In Truth and Service,

Natalie Muñoz