Current Size: 100%

Blackburn University Center

How Can We Help?

We can help you:

  • Schedule space in the Center or Locke Hall;
  • Get flyers or posters stamped and approved for display around campus;
  • Join the Howard University Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team;
  • Display flyers on our digital signage;
  • Book the Howard University mascot;
  • and more!


The Armour J. Blackburn University Center serves as the social hub of the University, providing an environment for cultural, recreational, leisure, and intellectual enrichment outside of the classroom.

The Blackburn University Center bridges the gap between the University and community, serving as the conference site for many university activities, community events, national/regional conferences, business meetings, and lectures.

Student Employment

The Blackburn University Center also serves as a training ground by creating employment opportunities for students while they matriculate through Howard University. The employment opportunities are in areas such as recreation, media technology, office administration, informational services, and facilities/event management. The Center’s student employment delivers a financial resource for students while providing leadership and development opportunities in addition to supporting an ongoing commitment to the University.

Culture and Traditions

The Blackburn University Center reflects and strengthens the traditions and history of Howard University by creating an environment for different generations to come together and address critical social, economic, and cultural diversities in our society. The Center complements the academic learning experience with a holistic approach to leadership development, multi-cultural experiences and community outreach. We assure the realization of our mission, with the continued support and cooperative collaboration from the campus community and the local community at large.

Director's Message

In 1979, the Armour J. Blackburn University Center was opened based on a vision initiated by Dr. Armour J. Blackburn. Since its inception, the Center has brought together various and diverse elements which help to create an environment that is reflective of the current campus community. Forty years later, we strive to continue to uphold and enhance Dr. Blackburn’s vision by ensuring that we take pride and create sustainable solutions for a facility that serves as the living room of Howard University.

As such, we have focused our efforts on evolving the Center into a place that adds value to the experiences that students, staff, faculty, and other campus stakeholders have when they cross the building’s threshold. These experiences culminate through unique and innumerable opportunities of which many stakeholders take advantage.

While there are many opportunities that will provide a distinguished purpose, it must be remembered that, through these opportunities, this department remains steadfast as the foundation in which many students attain their academic, social, and career endeavors.

The Armour J. Blackburn University Center stands committed to serving the students, staff, faculty, and surrounding community. Through the much-anticipated renovations that lie ahead, the expectation of our department is to remain aligned with the spirit of the mission, vision, and strategic pillars of Howard University. Our consistent and collaborative efforts within the campus community serves as a testament to what we can accomplish by working towards a communal goal.

Excellence in Truth and Service,

Reginald LeGrier, Armour J. Blackburn University Center Director

Our Mission

The Division Student Affairs supports the mission of the University by providing student-centered, high quality programs that promote an appreciation of diversity and foster a strong university community.


Address & Phone

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
2400 Sixth Street, Suite 201
Washington, DC 20059

Telephone: 202-806-2100 
Fax: 202-806-9302