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VPSA Blog: September 26, 2018

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Healing at Howard: Healing, Yielding, and Growing

September 26, 2018

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, we will hold the second session of Healing at Howard. I’m hoping that this session will allow us to continue the healthy, restorative conversation we began in the spring.

In early April 2018, Howard student protestors and administration came to an agreement on how to move Howard forward, signaling the end of the week-long student sit-in. One of the commitments made was that Howard administration would create more opportunities for dialogue with students, which brought forth the plans to conduct Healing at Howard.

The first Healing at Howard community discussion took place on May 7, 2018. From my experience and feedback from other attendees, it was a great opportunity to receive and give viewpoints and perspectives that do not always make it to the front page of University concerns.

The concept of the “Howard Hustle” emerged as a theme at the last Healing at Howard conversation. Representation from different sectors of the community worked with the concept, its varied meanings, and how the idea might evolve. The concept seemed to capture the journey of traversing an unclear administrative process and the grit and determination that experience builds. It also conveyed the meaning, notion, and spirit of working tirelessly to make the University better.

If confronting our issues head-on and making Howard University better for students and other members of our community is the new type of “Hustle,” I’m here for it. We have work to do for ourselves and others at Howard. We need to be the strength each of us requires, as some of the necessary outcomes will not be popular or easy. This is our time to be honest and begin to contemplate how we truly feel while displaying trust and respect.

What are your concerns about the University? What progress do you hope to see? Take this opportunity to be a part of the change you want to see.

All Howard community members are welcomed and encouraged to participate in Healing at Howard.


Why do you think it's important to attend Healing at Howard? Let us know!



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