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Working with Federal Partners
The University of the District of Columbia, a land-grant university and the only public institution of higher education in the nation’s capital, is a natural partner for a wide variety of federal initiatives. The University, under the leadership of Dr. Allen Sessoms, has significantly improved its efforts and increased its capacity to exploit these opportunities. Partnerships with our neighbors in the federal government boost the University’s teaching and learning capacity, support area communities through extension and development programs, and provide support for nationally applicable research, especially in addressing urban challenges. The University’s federal partners include:
United States Congress
Under the Article I, Section Eight, Clause 17 of the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Congress has ultimate legislative authority over the District of Columbia, including all University affairs. The Congress must approve annual budgets and all laws enacted by the local government. In recognition of Congress’ constitutional authority over all District matters, the University is committed to continuing the positive working relationship with Congress that has developed over the past several years. In addition, Congress’ authority over the University presents unique opportunities, including access to additional funding and establishing special programs for University students.
Congressional Internship Program
The Office of Government Relations teamed up with University professors to create the Congressional Internship Program (CIP). The CIP provides University students with the opportunity to intern in a Congressional office where students have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, enhance their professional network, and earn academic credit. Since its inaugural semester in fall 2011, the CIP has put over a dozen University students on Capitol Hill.
U.S. Department of Education
To help bolster the University’s strong commitment to student achievement and success, the University utilizes many Department of Education programs to build innovative solutions to educational challenges. The University receives significant funding from the Department of Education each year to accomplish many projects, including improving access to education through student financial aid and undertaking targeted institutional initiatives through the Department’s Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The University embraces its 1862 land-grant mission through its commitment to student achievement, excellence in research, and creating a positive impact on the lives of local residents. With the support of the Department of Agriculture, the University is exploring innovative ways to implement the land-grant mission in an urban environment.
The Office of Government Relations spends a substantial amount of time representing the University at public events. The Office of Government Relations acts as the conduit for the University’s many initiatives with the goal of ensuring public officials and organizations are engaged in the positive growth of the University community, from Congressional hearings and legislative mark-ups to public policy forums.