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Landgrant universities provide education both on campuses and in communities. Signed by President Lincoln In 1862, the Morrill Act established the creation of the landgrant university. In 1887, the Hatch Act expanded the mission of landgrant colleges by providing states with federal funds to establish what are known as Agricultural Experiment Stations (AES), which research solutions to individual state agricultural concerns, such as the correlation between soil and crop management.

Housed under CAUSES, a key component of the landgrant system is the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). Created by the Hatch Act of 1887, Agricultural Experiment Stations have the charge of finding solutions to problems of agriculture in the respective state. Thus, UDC's Agricultural Experiment Station is challenged with addressing specific problems and issues unique to an urban environment, such as, but not limited to, socio-economic concerns, literacy, human health and nutrition, urban food production, preservation and conservation of the urban natural resources, urban architectural design and land usage, urban greening, recreation, environmental monitoring, water quality, pollution, environmental stewardship, pest control and cultural diversity.

In a continued effort to enhance the quality of life of an urban society, AES established several goals in alignment with the strategic goals set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture which provide our researchers and staff with direction and specificity, while fostering creativity, teamwork and perseverance. The goals of the AES are to:

  1. Expand and promote research activities in the fields of nutrition and health, urban food production, food safety, resource conservation, urban architectural design, urban gardening, sustainable agriculture, environmental issues, climate change and renewable energy.
  2. Expand sustainable Agricultural Experiment Station/Cooperative Extension Service integrated projects.
  3. Develop analytical techniques and cost effective mitigation strategies to reduce environmental pollutants and contaminants.
  4. Expand Develop projects that will increase the efficiency and effectiveness in the use of natural resources that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the District of Columbia.
  5. Conduct research related to food and nutrition in order to address health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, aging and other related diseases.
  6. Promote sustainable neighborhoods and healthy urban environments;

Additionally, AES will continue to promote environmental conservation, community engagement and awareness. As these goals are met, residents of the District of Columbia will benefit from the results of our interdisciplinary research, education, and extension programs and the University will be steps closer to achieving a greater harmony between agriculture and the environment. These goals are in alignment with the mission, vision and aspirations for the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES):

Our Mission CAUSES offers research-based academic and community outreach programs that improve the quality of life and economic opportunity of people and communities in the District of Columbia, the nation and the world.

Our Vision CAUSES will be a world leader in designing and implementing top quality, research-based academic and community outreach programs that measurably improve the quality of life and economic prosperity of people and communities in the District of Columbia, the nation, and the world.

Our Aspirations for CAUSES Graduates CAUSES graduates are well-prepared to succeed in their chosen field of study, having accumulated distinctive attributes and competencies:

  • Global citizens committed to local relevance.
  • Adept at solving urban problems.
  • Committed to health & wellness and food & water security.
  • Skilled at navigating diverse social, cultural, built and natural environments.
  • Independent thinkers and collaborative
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RN to BS in Nursing – Dr. Pier Broadnax, Program Director
Nutrition and Dietetics - Dr. Prema Ganganna, Program Director
Urban Architecture and Community Planning - Dr. Susan Kliman, Program Director
PSM in Water Resources Management - Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Health Education - John Slack, Program Director

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Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education – Che' Axum, Director
Center for Sustainable Development – Dr. Dwane Jones, Director
Water Resources Research Institute – Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health - Dr. Lillie Monroe-Lord, Director
Institute of Gerontology - Claudia John, Director
Center for 4-H and Youth Development – Rebecca Bankhead, Director
Architectural Research Institute - Clarence Pearson, Director

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