Million Dollar Campaign

Did You Know—Facts, Figures and Famous Faculty & Alums


Facts & Figures

  • One of the first “angels” to support Miner Teachers College was Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. She made a contribution of $1000.

  • Six graduates of the original Miner Teacher’s College went on to found schools of their own.

  • UDC’s partnership with Georgetown’s Lombardi Cancer Center has resulted in undergraduate and graduate programs in cancer biology, prevention and control, a cancer academy for gifted undergrads, eight years of grant funding and a new proposal that will grant UDC a total of $6 million over the next 5 years.

  • The Speech and Language Clinic (Arts & Sciences) has been awarded close to $5 million to support its commitment to educated economically disadvantaged students in Allied Health and to provide academic support to graduate students in the program.

  • The Architectural Research Institute (CAUSES) has been awarded over $9 million in grants.

  • The Minority Biomedical Research Support Program (Arts & Sciences) was among the first group of researchers to link benzopyrene (a chemical in cigarette smoke) to cancer.

  • Programs created by the Institute of Human Service Delivery (Business & Public Administration) have helped countless DC residents achieve self-sufficiency as they move from welfare to work.

  • UDC is expected to receive $10.75 million in federal funding to support expansion of the new Community College and other programs at the university.

  • In the past 18 months, we have:
    • Created the first community college in the District of Columbia (CCDC) and built new facilities across the city to support its programs
    • Launched the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) with an emphasis on preparing students for green-collar industries and research
    • Introduced the National Center for Urban Education, designed to reinvent teacher education
    • Begun a massive program of renovating the campus to enhance sustainability and quality of community life
    • Acquired true student housing steps away from the main campus.

  • In 2010, UDC was named “Emerging Business of the Year” by the DC Chamber of Commerce.


First-Rate Faculty

Jane Ellen MacAllister - Miner Teachers College, first African-American woman in the world woman to earn a doctorate in education
John Carter - Federal City College, composer in residence with the National Symphony Orchestra
CLR James - Federal City College, received the Trinity Star, Trinidad’s highest honor
Dr. Ronald Williams - Federal City College, first African-American president of Northeastern Illinois University
Lorenzo Simpson - Washington Technical Institute, received Outstanding Faculty Award from the Council of Higher Education and the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia
David Levering Lewis - UDC, received Pulitzer Prize for WEB DuBois: Biography of a Race.
Meredith Rode - UDC, awarded first prize, graphics, International Platform Association Conference
George Alcorn - UDC, physicist, inventor, pioneer in development of plasma etching
Annye Buck - UDC, Rockefeller Foundation Fellow
Clarence Pearson - UDC, named Outstanding Professor of the Year by the National Organization of Minority Architects


Outstanding Alumni

Branislav Andjelic - Internet pioneer, economist, politician (Serbia)
Denis Antoine - Ambassador to Granada and permanent representative to the Organization of American States
Kia Baskerville - TV producer, CBS News
Gloria Green-Ridley - first African-American to receive the James Davenport Memorial Award
Euphemia Lofton Hayes - first African-American woman to receive a PhD in mathematics
Clarence Holbert - designed the currency of Eritrea
Norma Holloway Johnson - Federal Judge and expert on the rare African fish eagle
Cathy L. Lanier - DC Chief of Police
Lyn McCain - co-founder of the DC Youth Orchestra
Michael Pearson - Associate Judge, Circuit Court, Prince Georges County
Iris Settles - author, Rising Above A Dream
Portia Holmes Shields - first woman president of Albany State University (GA)
John R. Thompson - former basketball coach for Georgetown University
James, A. Williams - superintendent of the Buffalo City Schools (NY)
Melvin Wright - Associate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Lennox Yearwood - President, Hip-Hop Caucus


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