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My fellow Bison,
It is with great honor and humility that I welcome you to Howard University. For those who are continuing your education in graduate school, welcome back to The Mecca. My name is Kimberly F. Monroe and I have the pleasure of serving as the Graduate Student Council President for the 2018-2019 academic year.
In Between The World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes, “Howard University is an institution of higher education, concerned with LSAT, magna cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa. The Mecca is a machine, crafted to capture and concentrate the dark energy of all African peoples and inject it directly into the student body.” You will find these words to be true and relevant as you step onto the campus. You were admitted into Howard but you will be shaped by The Mecca. As graduate students our experiences are much different than our undergraduate peers yet we still receive growth, intellectualism, and consciousness together as an entire student body.
Howard University is composed of students from all different backgrounds, majors, and interests. Together, we pride ourselves in being informed and conscious individuals who aim to make our communities better. As a result, we have a diverse student body that is both passionate and unafraid to stand for we believe.
The Graduate Student Council is designed to provide students with professional development and networking engagements. We do this by hosting monthly 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 with confidence that it will make their tenure at Howard smoother.
Furthermore, we only hope to be a thread of the quilt that’s created during your tenure 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 advocates.
My team 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 being your advocates and helping you matriculate as best we can. Our office is located on the first floor of the graduate school, in room 100 or you can contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and have a productive year!
In Truth and Service,
Kimberly F. Monroe