Vision, Mission, Goals

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is an urban landgrant university that offers associate, baccalaureate, graduate and professional degree programs, as well as community education and certificate programs to learners of all ages. The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) embodies the landgrant tradition of UDC. In addition to offering innovative academic programs in urban architecture and community development, urban sustainability, health education, nursing, and nutrition and dietetics, we also offer a wide range of community education programs through our five landgrant centers (1) The Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education , (2) The Center for Sustainable Development & Resilience which includes the Water Resources Research Institute, (3) The Center for Nutrition Diet & Health which includes the Institute of Gerontology, (4) The Center for 4-H & Youth Development, and (5) The Center for Architectural Research & Building Science.

Our Mission

The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia offers research-based academic and community outreach programs that improve the quality of life and economic opportunity of people and communities in the District of Columbia, the nation and the world.

Our Vision

The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia will be a world leader in designing and implementing top quality, research-based academic and community outreach programs that measurably improve the quality of life and economic prosperity of people and communities in the District of Columbia, the nation and the world.

Our Aspirations for CAUSES Graduates

CAUSES graduates are exceptionally well-prepared to succeed in their chosen field of study. Our graduates stand out by having distinctive attributes and competencies. CAUSES graduates are:

  1. Global citizens committed to local relevance.
  2. Adept at solving urban problems.
  3. Committed to health and wellness, food and water security.
  4. Skilled at navigating diverse social, cultural, built and natural environments.
  5. Independent thinkers and collaborative team players.
  6. Adaptive lifelong learners.

Our Aspirations for District Residents and Organizations

CAUSES landgrant programs are exceptionally well-positioned to advance the sustainability goals of the District of Columbia and the five core objectives of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which are to:

  1. Improve food security.
  2. Mitigate climate change.
  3. Combat childhood obesity and other food related illness.
  4. Improve food safety.
  5. Improve water safety and management.
  6. Expand alternative energy solutions.

For more information about CAUSES, please visit www.udc.edu/CAUSES. We look forward to serving you.

CAUSES Academic Programs

RN to BS in Nursing – Dr. Pier Broadnax, Program Director
Nutrition and Dietetics - Nancy Chapman, Program Director
Urban Architecture and Community Planning - Dr. Susan Kliman, Program Director
PSM in Water Resources Management - Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Health Education - John Slack, Program Director


CAUSES Land-grant Programs

Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education – Che' Axum, Director
Center for Sustainable Development & Resilience – Dr. Dwane Jones, Director
Water Resources Research Institute – Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health - Dr. Lillie Monroe-Lord, Director
Institute of Gerontology - Claudia John, Director
Center for 4-H and Youth Development – Rebecca Bankhead, Director
Center for Architectural Innovation and Building Science (CAIBS) - Clarence Pearson, Director


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