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Educating For Life
The mission of the General Education Program at the University of the District of Columbia is to provide all students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities that will serve them in their efforts to become lifelong learners, community leaders, and fruitfully engaged professionals in rewarding and evolving careers and endeavors.


Chris Myers Asch

Chris Myers Asch serves as Interim Director of General Education and teaches in UDC’s history program. A native of D.C., Asch is a graduate of Duke University with a Ph.D. in American History from the University of North Carolina. He spent three years teaching elementary and middle school in Mississippi as part of Teach for America and one year in South Korea with the William J. Fulbright program. He co-founded the Sunflower County Freedom Project in 1998 and launched the U.S. Public Service Academy initiative in 2006. His first book, The Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer (2nd edition, University of North Carolina Press, 2011) earned awards from the Organization of American Historians, the Mississippi Historical Society, and the Mississippi Library Association. Asch is married to Erica Seager, and the couple has two daughters.