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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.

Hello Colleagues,

Welcome back! I hope you have enjoyed this summer. To the new members of our Bison family – We are excited that you have made it to the ‘Mecca’ in our Nation’s Capital. During your tenure here as a Bison you will embark on a journey of truth and service. Howard ranks in the top three best HBCUs in the U.S. according to the U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges list. Howard’s legacy of being the trail blazers of innovation, social change, and producing the highest number of minority Ph.D. students in the United States are attributes of the University of which we are proud. It is the results of the loyalty and commitment of Howard’s students, faculty, staff, and administration to carry on the spirit of the Bison. 

As the Graduate Student Council President, I am honored to serve you in the same Bison spirit and commitment as my predecessors. The graduate student council is here to assist you in achieving your professional and academic needs. Our team is dedicated to ensuring you are meeting and building professional networks here on campus as well as in the local community. Therefore, we have several staple events to help you get acclimated to the HU culture. We host an annual cook-out, visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and open mic night at Busboys and Poets in the Fall. We also have several professional development events annually, such as a workshop on developing your curriculum vitae and abstract writing. And in the vein of the ‘Bison Spirit’ we also visit high schools to speak to students about their collegiate aspirations and make lunch bags to feed the homeless. Although, we thoroughly enjoy serving you we also recognize the value of serving with you. When we partner together we maintain a strong and vibrant community of Bison’s.

Do get involved with us. Student elections are annual and we meet monthly to discuss the need of graduate students. The council encourages you to be a part of your matriculation process here on campus. Your voices are important to the Howard Community. Remember this – “you didn’t come this far to come this far”. Howard chose you. You were made for this. Let’s get busy Bisons.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Best Regards,

Anjerrika R. Bean, M.A.

Anjerrika R. Bean

Graduate Student Council President 2017-2018

Frederick Douglass Doctoral Fellow

Howard University, Sociology and Criminology Department

anjerrika.bean@bison.howard.edu | 409.504.9103