Howard University's Writing Program and its Department of English unveil to students the wonderful world of words and their many possibilities as meaningful articulations of ideas, cultures, and perspectives. As Ayi Kwei Armah reminds us in The Eloquence of the Scribes, “The best professional work, especially in the arts, grows out of the nurturing base of a tradition.”
At Howard University, educators are both careful and deliberate to reveal to students that the base of all writing and literary traditions is one to which they are ancestral and cultural heirs and that these Africana inscription systems and literature indeed nurture us all.
United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
UNCF's mission is to build a robust and nationally-recognized pipeline of under-represented students who, because of UNCF support, become highly-qualified college graduates and to ensure that our network of member institutions is a respected model of best practice in moving students to and through college.
UNCF’s North Star is to increase the total annual number of African American college graduates by focusing on activities that ensure more students are college-ready, enroll in college and persist to graduation. This is done through a three-pillar strategy: positioning member institutions as a viable college option for students and investing in institutional capacity to improve student outcomes; creating transformational support programs to ensure students are enrolling and persisting through college completion; and building awareness of educational attainment and cultivating college-going behaviors within the African American community.
Howard and UNCF are the host institutions for the Symposium on Teaching Writing at HBCUs, which takes place on March 29 and 30, 2018. Dr. David Green, Assistant Professor of English, is the organizer, with Bedford/St. Martin’s as sponsor.