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The University of the District of Columbia is simultaneously historic and modern. Public higher education in the District is rooted in the school for “colored girls” that Myrtilla Miner founded in 1851 in Washington, D.C., which and which became the University of the District of Columbia. Our mission of educating the underserved and disadvantaged has not changed

UDC has evolved into one of the nation’s few truly comprehensive public institutions of higher learning – one that creates access to the regional workforce through stackable workforce credentials, and associate’s, bachelor’s, and graduate degrees.

UDC offers 82 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees at four colleges (Art & Sciences; Business & Public Administration; Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences; and Engineering & Applied Sciences). It has a highly ranked, community-oriented School of Law. At the branch campuses of its Community College, it specializes in developmental learning and early college instruction, and confers workforce credentials, professional certifications, and associate degrees. 

The Equity Imperative is a streamlined, focused and refined Strategic Plan designed to regenerate the University of the District of Columbia as a Public Higher Education Model of Urban Student Success.

The strategies it lays out—which were informed by input from town halls held around the city and suggestions gathered internally from students, faculty, staff, and our Board of Trustees—are transforming the University into a powerful source of hope, education, creativity, research, and urban resilience as they guide many members of our community toward the middle class. Our tactics are affordable and our mission is essential to the future health and stability of the District.  Every dollar invested supports the success of the Equity Imperative.

UDC WILL BE A PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION MODEL OF URBAN STUDENT SUCCESS BY:

• Offering effective and affordable academic and workforce programs

• Launching nationally recognized urban research and scholarship

• Strengthening links to government and community stakeholders

UDC WILL AWARD MORE DEGREES AND WORKFORCE CREDENTIALS BY:

• Charting seamless pathways between training, education, and employment

• Ensuring students succeed by providing coaching, tutoring, and financial aid

• Creating environments conducive to learning

UDC WILL GRADUATE PASSIONATE LEARNERS AND LEADERS WHO WILL TRANSFORM OUR LIVES AND URBAN SPACES AS WE:

• Encourage multicultural engagement

• Enrich our curriculum with experiential learning

• Equip students with self-awareness tools and senses of empowerment

A Strategic Plan to Regenerate the University of The District of Columbia as a Public Higher Education Model of Urban Student Success 2019-2022

Board Leadership

Mr. Joseph M. Perta,  Board President

Mr. Douglas M. Firstenberg, Vice President

Ms. Beverly J. Burke,  Board Treasurer

Mr. Michael B. Goldstein, Secretary

Mr. Rodney E. Trapp, Executive Secretary – non-voting

Mr. Marc Battle, Director

Ronald E. Mason, Jr. JD, Director

Dr. Carolyn Rudd, Director

Mr. Barrington D. Scott I, Director

Ms. Judith F. Terra, Director

 

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Our Staff

Rodney Trapp

Rodney Trapp

Vice President for Advancement
202-274-5939
Alexandra Washington speaking at podium

Alexandra Washington

Director of Alumni Affairs and Outreach
202-274-6052
John Smith

John Smith

Director of Major & Planned Gifts
202-274-5363

Edna King

Advancement Services Specialist
202-274-5727
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