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UDC: Where Lives Are Changed

The University of the District of Columbia recently launched a multi-media advertising campaign that carries the theme “Where Lives Are Changed”.  This awareness effort includes signage on Metro trains and buses, newspaper advertisements, and spot announcements for television and radio with messages that extol the virtues of a UDC education.  

The Where Lives Are Changed theme, however,  goes far beyond a simple slogan. For more than eight generations UDC and its predecessor institutions have quite literally changed the lives of thousands of students for whom a quality education seemed out of reach.  It was a founding principal for Myrtilla Minor to improve the lives of young African American women who would go on to educate others.  And today, it remains a driving force the University’s dedicated faculty and is deeply-rooted in the institution’s mission, vision, and core values.

One hundred and sixty-three years since its inception, and the University of the District of Columbia is still changing lives as is reflected in this inspiring story that recently appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Contact: Michael C. Rogers, Vice President of University Advancement, 202.274.5314 or

The University of the District of Columbia ( supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across its colleges and schools: the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences; the School of Business and Public Administration; School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; the Community College; and the David A. Clarke School of Law. The University has been designated as an 1862 federal land-grant institution and a Historically Black College and University.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University's EO Policy Statement, please visit

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