This year, more than 13,500 Bison participated in our Howard alumni programs and services! Here are a few of the initiatives we’ve undertaken over the past year to better serve you:
- Nearly 2,000 alumnae participated in our She’s Howard: Own Your Power series with the Estée Lauder companies. These workshops helped Howard alumnae learn about the beauty industry and discover their power as women leaders. In October, we kick off our new She’s Howard: Own Your Power, Beauty Industry Accelerator Program (BIAP) and 10 Howard alumnae were selected to participate in the inaugural cohort.
- Launched in 2020, already more than 800 businesses run by Bison alumni have registered for our Bison Alumni Business Directory. To feature your business, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- More than 1,000 alumni participated in our Howard University Alumni Book Club discussions over the past year. We are now reading While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams. Our book club is entirely virtual and free to participate. Visit www.pbc.guru/howard to start reading with us today!
She’s Howard: Own Your Power
This spring, we launched our She’s Howard: Own Your Power partnership with the Estée Lauder Companies. The program creates a space exclusively for Howard alumnae to share authentic connections while building their networks, knowledge, and professional skills. The partnership continued throughout the spring and into the summer with eight more authentic and interactive panel conversations. Topics included being black in beauty, showing up as your authentic self in the workplace, transitioning between careers and more.
In October, we kicked off our new She’s Howard: Own Your Power, Beauty Industry Accelerator Program (BIAP) at the Estée Lauder Companies! This new She’s Howard leadership program will give 10 Howard alumnae in the inaugural cohort opportunities to deepen their understanding of the beauty industry. Participants will be able to expand their professional skills through networking events, mentorship opportunities, one-on-one sessions, headshots, and much more.
Howard Alumni Book Club
Join the Howard University Book Club and discover new books, authors, and genres with your Bison Family. Dive into invigorating novels every three months and engage in meaningful discussions with hundreds of fellow alumni. Our facilitated book club will introduce you to fellow alumni, faculty, and staff across industries, generations, and geographies all while gaining different perspectives while reading the book. The network you will build may help you with career advice, introduce you to new people, or even find your next opportunity. In October we finished reading One of the Good Ones and hosted an inspiring virtual livestream Q&A session with authors Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite. We are now reading While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams. Our book club is entirely virtual and free to participate. Visit www.pbc.guru/howard to sign-up up and start reading with us today!
Howard University Alumni App
With our new Howard University Alumni App, you can always have the Mecca at your fingertips. Download the App today on Android and Apple to stay informed about the latest HU news and updates, engage with your local alumni club, and receive exciting discounts from vendors.
Class of 1970 Breaks 50th Reunion Class Gift Record
Class reunion celebrations are a proud tradition at Howard University. Last year, the Class of 1970 accepted the challenge from the Class of 1969 to exceed their 50th Reunion Class Gift of $1.2 million. Despite the challenges from the global pandemic the Class of 1970 broke the all-time 50th Reunion Class Gift record by raising an unprecedented $2,067,000. Kudos to the 1970 Class Committee, and its Co-Chairs Sheila Haley Washington and Deborah C. Brittain. The baton has been passed to the Class of 1971 – let’s see if they can break this record!
“It’s an opportunity to really have classmates think about what their education did for their lives and what it could mean for future students who have even more difficult challenges.“ – Deborah C. Brittain, Class of 1971 Co-Chair
“We are grateful the Class of 1970 continues to forge pathways for future Bison through record-breaking reunion giving.” – Sharon Strange Lewis, Director of Alumni Relations, Howard University