Recent Events

2024 Bison on Annapolis

With the 446th session of Maryland's General Assembly now underway, Howard University's Office of External Affairs hosted a reception to honor those state legislators with ties to the University. Nearly 100 people, including President Ben Vinson III, Ph.D., Cabinet members and student leaders, gathered at the historic Governor Calvert House in downtown Annapolis to celebrate Bison making an impact in Annapolis.

"Maryland is in more than capable hands with so many Howard alumni in positions of influence and, as I look out at each of you, I cannot help but to notice that Bison spirit that you display ever so proudly," Vinson said. "I am excited to continue working in partnership with you over the coming months and years."

Read more about the event on The Dig: 13 Howard University Alumni Honored at 2024 Bison on Annapolis Reception.

Careers in Congress Panel Discussion

On September 25, 2023, Stacey Abrams, the Howard University Ronald W. Walters Endowed Chair for Race and Black Politics, led a discussion hosted by Howard University with freshman female members of Congress on pursuing careers in public office.

Joining Ms. Abrams in discussion were Reps. Jasmine Crockett (D-TX), Jennifer McClellan (D-VA), Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-CA), Summer Lee (D-PA), and Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL). They discussed several topics, including their catalyst for running for public office, navigating a divided government, the intersection of business and politics, and how best to inspire younger generations to get involved in politics and the public sector.

Thank you for our partners at the US House Office of Diversity and Inclusion. You can learn more about their initiatives by visiting their website at

Howard University Bison Breaking Barriers Reception

On September 20, 2023, in partnership with Ambassador Kirsten Hillman and the Embassy of Canada, Howard University President Ben Vinson III hosted a reception in honor of the 52nd Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF).

This reception honored Howard alumni who serve in Congress, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the Canadian Parliamentary Black Caucus (PBC). During the reception, President Vinson awarded the Bison Breaking Barriers award to Howard alumni Congresswoman Summer Lee, Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, Congressman Meeks, and CBCF President and CEO Nicole Austin-Hillery.

A special thank you to PBC members, Co-Chair Senator Rosemary Moodie, MP Michael Coteau and MP Greg Fergus for joining us for the evening.

Read more about the event on The Dig.

2023 Bison on Annapolis

On January 17, 2023, the Office of External Affairs was proud to host Howard University's inaugural “Bison on Annapolis” reception to celebrate the seven Howard University alumni who serve as members in the 445th session of the Maryland General Assembly. We were able to bring a group of our student leaders from the Howard University Student Association and Alpha Phi Alpha Inc. to participate in the reception, and witness the historic inauguration of Maryland’s first black governor, Gov. Wes Moore

Thank you to Senator Melony Griffith, Delegate Charlotte Crutchfield and the newest Bison on Annapolis, Delegate Jamila Woods, for joining us and sharing your experiences with our students.

Howard University Men's Basketball Partners with Mamatoto Village for MLK Day of Service

UNINTERRUPTED follows Howard Men's Basketball team, led by Head Coach Kenneth Blakeney, during their day of service at Mamatoto Village, an on-the-ground organization in D.C. that works with Black mothers to combat racism and health disparities. There, they join the staff to serve Black mothers facing maternal health issues, lending their hand stocking diapers, sorting clothes, packing hygiene kits, and more. Plus, Grad Student Jelani Williams and Forward Shy Odom share why this social justice advocacy hits home for them. In D.C., Black women are 4x more likely to die during pregnancy or postpartum.

2022 Howard University Hospital Tour

Howard University Hospital (HUH) was proud to host representatives from the U.S House, U.S Senate, local government officials as well as relevant neighborhood associations.

Led by HUH CEO Anita Jenkins in conjunction with the Howard University Office of External Affairs, the tour highlighted the importance of HUH as a medical facility in the community and the funding needed to align it with best-in-class modern operating procedures.

For more information about this effort, please contact the Office of External Affairs.


2022 Bison on the Hill

The Office of External Affairs was proud to host its first annual Bison on the Hill reception on September 13, 2022 which honored Howard alumni who work and serve in Congress. We thank Representative Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and the US Chamber Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach Rick C. Wade for attending. We look forward to our alumni joining us in 2023!