College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences
Led by Dean Sabine O'Hara, the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) embodies the land-grant tradition of UDC, offering innovative academic and community education programs. In addition to offering academic programs in architecture and community development, environmental science and urban sustainability, health education, nursing, and nutrition and dietetics, we also offer a wide range of community education programs through our land-grant centers (1) the Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education, (2) the Center for Sustainable Development which includes the Water Resources Management Institute, (3) the Center for Nutrition Diet & Health which includes the Institute of Gerontology, (4) the Center for 4H & Youth Development and (5) the Architectural Research Institute.
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. CAUSES programs recognize that, like ecosystems, we are connected to people and places right here in our own neighborhoods and to those halfway 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 principles to all of our programs, including Master's and Bachelor's degree programs, professional development certificates, and community outreach and youth programs. We look forward to serving you.
Our Mission The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia 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 The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia 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 Aspiration 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