March 23, 2023 Issue 32
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UDC-Community College Campus: freshman business administration major Sarina Lina Yesouf, sophomore graphic design major Mya Cottrell and freshman real estate major Naulissa Tuza.

Celebration of Women's History Month continues at UDC

The University is still celebrating its incredible women. Join us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram to learn who inspires our students at UDC. There are also virtual and in-person events at the Van Ness Campus. Please click here to learn more.

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

The United Nations (UN) has designated March 25 as the annual International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. It honors the lives of those who died because of slavery or experienced the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade. This year’s theme is “Fighting slavery’s legacy of racism through transformative education.” To watch events or learn more, please click here.

Transformative Acts
Dr. Victor McCrary, vice president for Research at UDC and vice chair of the National Science Board, providing opening remarks.

Climate change solutions workshop addresses sustainability in colleges and universities

UDC hosted a climate change workshop on Thursday, March 9, in collaboration with the Energy Division, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, supported by the National Science Foundation. The event focused on innovative sustainability and resilience solutions emerging from the higher education community and how they can be taught and implemented on campuses, surrounding communities and beyond. Participants included representatives from MIT, Georgetown, Oregon State, Florida State, Cornell, Rutgers and other universities nationwide. Read More

Cahn Legacy Weekend honors co-founders of David A. Clarke School of Law

With over 50 years of operation, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC Law) celebrates its founders, Edgar and Jean Camper Cahn, social justice advocates who championed the rights of low-income people and minorities. During the Cahn Legacy Weekend at UDC Law, held March 23-25, students, alumni, faculty and the law community will honor the legacy of the founders of UDC Law’s predecessor school, Antioch School of Law. Read More


Board of Trustees member is advocate for literacy, fair housing and education

Anntoinette “Toni” White-Richardson’s love of education and history has served her well in her career and as a UDC Board of Trustees member. She champions several causes, including adult literacy, housing, economic opportunity and educational advancement at UDC. Richardson ('95) graduated from the University with a Master of Arts in Adult Education. She earned undergraduate degrees in sociology and theatre from George Washington University in 1980. Read More

In the News
Featured Events

Join us for the Cahn Legacy Weekend celebration

The Cahn Legacy Weekend honors the founders of the David A. Clarke School of Law's (UDC Law) predecessor school—Antioch School of Law. The three day weekend begins with a memorial celebration for Edgar S. Cahn on Thursday, March 23 and a discussion panel and tribute to Jean Camper Cahn on Friday, March 24. The UDC Law Review Symposium and the UDC Law Legacy Photo Exhibit and reception will take place on Saturday, March 25. All events are free to attend. For more information, please click here.

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Mark your calendars for Research Week 2023

UDC’s Research Week will be held April 3-7. Building on the success of UDC Research Week 2022, this year's theme, "Serving Our Community Through Research," continues to celebrate the diversity and contributions of our faculty across the research ecosystem at the University. UDC will feature innovation from architecture, arts, agriculture, education, engineering, law and public policy. Take part in this national week-long celebration showcasing UDC students, faculty and their groundbreaking research. For more information about Research Week 2023, please click here.

UDC Community College celebrates first graduating class in bilingual education

This Saturday, March 25, the Bertie Backus Campus will celebrate graduates from its first Bilingual Associate of Arts Degree in Education (Infant/Toddler Education, ages birth to three) Program. The event will take place at 1:00 p.m. at the Campus auditorium at 5171 South Dakota Ave NE, Washington, DC and will be cohosted by the Multicultural Spanish Speaking Providers Association and Briya Public Charter School.

Chemistry professor awarded summer research grant

Dr. Ozlem Dilek, assistant professor of chemistry, has received a summer research grant from Organic Syntheses, Inc. Each grant award provides $8,000 to a PUI faculty member who subsequently chooses an undergraduate coworker from among the students in their department. For more information, please click here.

Panel on navigating communication and professionalism in the workplace

Please join the Office of Special Programs on Tuesday, March 28, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Heritage Hall at the Van Ness Campus Student Center for “Navigating communication and professionalism in the workplace.” Students will engage with young, professional women of color in the DMV community. The discussion will focus on navigating respectability politics and the expectations of communication and "professionalism" in the workplace as women of color. This initiative celebrates Women's History Month, and is open to current students, staff and faculty. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Carmen McIver at

Hnin Swe (left) and JoVan Williams-Bey (right) with a UDC alumna (middle) at the event.

Students mark International Women’s Day at Library of Congress

UDC students Hnin Swe (junior accounting major) and JoVan Williams-Bey (junior human development major) attended an International Women’s Day symposium on women’s leadership roles in tech and investment with Parliament51. This social impact venture promotes equal opportunities for women in the workforce. The event was sponsored by the Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business Division and held at the Library of Congress on Wednesday, March 8, and focused on the current state of investments in technology, increasing the percentage of women in leadership positions, and how to incorporate diverse thinking when solving for today’s problems through technology.

2023-2024 Williams-Franklin Foundation Scholarship Application now open

Undergraduate students at UDC can now apply for the Williams-Franklin Foundation $5,000 scholarship award. In addition, professional and career development opportunities are available. For more information and to see a list of scholarships available at the University, please click here.

Kiburi Scholarship in honor of Essex Hemphill

The Center for Diversity, Inclusion & Multicultural Affairs (CDIMA) and the LGBTQ+ Advisory Council are proud to announce the 2nd annual Kiburi scholarship for LGBTQ+ identified students at UDC. The award honors the late, highly celebrated, Black and openly gay performance poet and UDC alumnus Essex Hemphill. To apply, please click here.


Show Your Firebird Pride! Attend an upcoming home game this month.  

  • March 25: vs. Frostburg State University 12:00 p.m. at Georgetown Day School (Men's Lacrosse)
  • March 27: vs. Queens College 1:00 p.m. (Men's Tennis)
  • March 31: vs. Daemen College 1:00 p.m. at Georgetown Day School (Women's Lacrosse)

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Seen on Campus

On Monday, March 20, students attended the Washington Wizards Campus Ambassador Program at the Van Ness Campus. Attendees learned everything from marketing and events planning to global partnerships from Wizards professionals. Digital media junior Brian Simpkins moderated the event.

HackHBCU brought together students on March 17 at the Van Ness Campus to showcase their skills and creativity through emerging technology. The event was sponsored by Architect Industries Inc. and was founded by UDC Alumnus Stevens Cadet.

Seen in the Community

Seen in the community image.
UDC Urban Waters Ambassador and Community to Career C2 Academy Director Xavier Brown presented “Urban Waterways Partnership and the Anacostia River” at the 16th annual Rooting DC event on March 1. Sponsored by the Department of Energy & Environment and the Government of the District of Columbia, this year’s meeting took place in person in Ward 8 for the first time.

Seen on Social Media

Members of UDC’s Omicron Omicron Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. were guest speakers at a Black History Month program at the Dorothy I. Height Elementary School. The school posted this photo on their Instagram account on March 12.

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