UDC News

October 8, 2009


UDC President Testifies on Simon Act

Dr. Allen Sessoms

Washington, DC - University of the District of Columbia System President Dr. Allen L. Sessoms testified today before a panel of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the ‘Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act of 2009’.

The legislation calls for the creation of an innovative program to help American students gain a global education. The Simon Act stresses the importance of foreign language skills and cross-cultural competencies. The legislation would provide American students opportunities to study in foreign countries in order to develop cultural awareness of various issues that would not be available through domestic study.

“The Simon Act is a tremendous way to immerse students in an educational experience that will last a lifetime,” said Dr. Sessoms. “Hands on learning is the best and most lasting experience we can offer students.”

Sessoms spent 14 years as a foreign service officer working for the US Department of State before beginning a career as a higher education administrator, serving as president of institutions including Delaware State and Queens College in New York.





The University of the District of Columbia is the only fully-accredited public institution of higher education in the nation’s capital. As an urban land-grant university, it supports a broad mission of education, research and community service and offers bachelors and masters degrees in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The university is located at 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro. 

Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371