Formerly Homeless, UDC Alumnae Credits the University for Her Fresh Start and Ability to Fight for Others
Sheila White has been on a long journey to improve her lot in life. After dropping out in ninth grade to raise her first child, she made a commitment to herself and her family that she would eventually complete her education. She found refuge at UDC and completed two associate degrees despite seven years of homelessness.
Welcome to UDC Forward’s special Commencement issue. The class of 2023 is now officially part of our proud alumni. This year’s graduation was indeed special, according to President Ronald Mason Jr. Watch his congratulatory message to the graduates to find out why. Congratulations to the class of 2023!
April is Jazz Appreciation Month and the perfect opportunity to celebrate one of America’s most iconic art forms. In this issue, we spotlight UDC’s dynamic Music Program, whose graduates perform, entertain, and teach at every level with degree offerings in music education, music performance, jazz studies and gospel studies.
The first cohort of students to earn UDC’s Bilingual (Spanish) Associate in Arts degree in Education, Birth to Age 3, was celebrated during a ceremony marking a new path toward access to high-quality, multilingual early childhood education in the District.
The University is still celebrating its incredible women. Join us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram to learn who inspires our students at UDC. There are also virtual and in-person events at the Van Ness Campus:
Women at UDC inspire, educate, advocate, and advance others, and we want to honor them. To do so, we asked students at the University to name faculty and staff who inspire them. Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram to learn what they had to say.
UDC nursing alumna Deneen Richmond (MHA, RN ‘86), one of only a few Black women to lead a hospital in the country as the president of Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center, encouraged students to maximize their opportunities during this year’s Founders’ Day celebration. The theme of the event was “Our Path Forward: Pride, Progress, Promise.”
Do you know the history of the Black grandfather of basketball? Do you know the story of the first Black NFL referee or that UDC counts an award-winning comedian among its alumni? Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to learn more about our historic Firebird figures during Black…