Dean's Welcome

Dean Sabine O'Hara
Sabine O'Hara, Dean of CAUSES
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Healthy Cities – Healthy People

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is an urban land grant university that offers associate, baccalaureate, and graduate programs, certificate programs and community outreach programs to learners of all ages. The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) embodies the land-grant tradition of UDC. We offer cutting edge academic programs in environmental science, urban sustainability, water resources management, nutrition and food science, urban architecture and community planning. We also offer a wide range of programs that serve individuals and organizations in our community and beyond.

Making a Difference

The Community is our Classroom. This means that what we teach is steeped not only in sound theory, but also in the knowledge we draw from the community and region around us. We offer a wide range of research programs through the Water Resources Institute, the Agricultural Experiment Station, the 143-acre Muirkirk Research Farm, and the Architecture Research Institute. We also offer community outreach programs for all ages through 4-H and the Center for Youth Development, the Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health, and the Center for Sustainability.

Knowledge for a Lifetime

We are deeply committed to being relevant to the residents of the District of Columbia. Given our three-pronged approach of teaching, research and community outreach, we seek to make a measurable, positive difference in the lives of people right where they live and work. As a result, our programs focus on improving economic conditions, social and cultural circumstances, and the health of people and their living environments. Yet our community-based programs are more than local. They also serve as model for relevant learning far beyond our region.

Preparation for a Global Marketplace

CAUSES programs recognize that, like ecosystems, we are connected to people and places right here in our own neighborhoods and to those half way around the world. Pollution travels, resources are not always consumed where they are generated, and job markets are increasingly global and knowledge based. Given these realities, we aspire to teach you to think in systems, work in diverse teams, and focus on connectivity and innovation. We apply these principals to all of our programs including our Master's and Bachelor's degree programs, professional development certificates and community outreach and youth programs.

The faculty and staff of CAUSES look forward to discussing with you how our programs and initiatives can best serve you. Please contact us at 202.274.7124or at causes@udc.edu.

Best regards,

Sabine O'Hara
Dean of CAUSES

College of Urban Agriculture and Environmental Studies (CAUSES)

CAUSES Academic Programs

Environmental Science and Urban Sustainability – Tom Kakovitch, Program Director
Health Education - John Slack, Program Director
Nursing – Dr. Pier Broadnax, Program Director
Nutrition and Dietetics - Dr. Prema Ganganna, Program Director
Urban Architecture and Community Planning - Ralph Belton, Program Director


CAUSES Land-grant Programs

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 - Dr. Elgloria Harrison, Interim Director
Center for 4-H and Youth Development – Rebecca Bankhead, Director
Architectural Research Institute - Clarence Pearson, Director


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