On Saturday, Feb. 27, twelve student volunteers from the Division of Student Affairs, 4.0 Programs -TEAM 4.0 joined up with other staff members and Law school students from our USDC community (Financial Aid, Law School and the Office of Recruitment and Admissions). We met at the Washington Convention Center to support the efforts of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) during her free Annual Tax Fair, which this year featured across-the-board financial services for District residents.
Each month it is the goal of Team 4.0 to dedicate the last Saturday of each month to a community service project between the hours of 9am - 3pm. These projects are chosen by Team 4.0 students because our goal is to empower those students who really want to serve their community. Due to the fact that each student can choose a project, everyone feels that their own neighborhood, church, garden or park is a project worthy of Team 4.0 attention. This grassroots approach to selecting service projects continues to remain a great way to keep our student driven leadership movement alive and strong!
However, its important to point out to our USDC partners that we welcome you bringing to the attention of our Team those projects that might be of interest to the group and at the same time meet our end of month project schedule. A special thanks is in order to Patrick Bateman, Legislative Assistant, Office of Government Affairs and Dr. Janice Borlandoe, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs for doing just that in this case.
Saturday Feb. 27th - Our student volunteers remained at the Convention Center supporting the Tax Fair until almost 5pm. Their professional attitude and hard work was recognized by Congresswoman's Norton's staff and were asked to join her for a press conference at 11am. She thanked Team 4.0 for supporting her now eleven (11) year Tax Fair initiative and the later that day joined our table for lunch where she let us know again how impressed she was and that she looked forward to seeing us again in the future. We presented her with a 4.0 t-shirt which she promised to wear when she goes jogging. During our lunch we were very excited to also learn that her current Communications Director, Sonsyrea Tate Montgomery is an Alumni of the University of the District of Columbia and she too seemed very pleased to know that her Firebird Family were in the house and representing!
In short, our students did an excellent job on this project promoting themselves and our style of leadership that can be found in all four corners of our campus.
OUR USDC PARTNERS
Financial Aid - Ms. Claudette Clair, Assistant Director, Office of Financial Aid and Nailah Williams, Financial Aid Director, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law worked with three law school students and assisted a number DC Residents with FAFSA applications, Pell Grant and loan information throughout the day. These efforts were also acknowledged by Congresswoman Norton during her press conference.
Recruitment and Admissions - Colin Touhey, Recruitment Specialist, Office of Recruitment and Admissions worked just as hard and was accompanied by yet another USDC student leader to ensure that any DC Resident interested in joining the Firebird Family would be able to walk away from their table with all the information they needed to make the right choice in choosing USDC to further their education.
It was a great day to be a FIREBIRD!