Scholars Commemorate Black History Month at Howard University

This February, Scholars were treated to a special event at Howard University in Washington D.C, courtesy of the Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center. The event highlighted the contribution of Howard University to the community, and the overall importance of historically black colleges and universities in the United States.

Scholars from China, India, Russia, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan were exhilarated to be a part of this event.

Group with the Provost and Jeronimo Augusto

Fulbright Scholars with the Provost and Jeronimo Augusto

The program for the day featured presentations by Dr. Gary Harris, Associate Provost Research and Graduate Studies, Dr. Edna Medford, History Professor, Tonija Navas, from the Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center, and Dr. Keri Miller, the Fulbright representative at Howard. Presentations touched on contributions in science, urban development, and the history of Howard University and its hospital, Freedman’s Hospital.

The highlight of the program was a special event on Howard’s involvement in the urban development of its community; a discussion with Howard students and Julian Castro, the U.S Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Secretary of U.S Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro speaking to the audience about urban development.

Secretary of U.S Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro speaking to the audience about urban development.

After the presentations, the group went on a walking tour around campus to enjoy the beautiful structures and history of Howard University.

Scholars delight in a walk around the Howard campus

The Scholars were invited to a special viewing of the Howard simulation labs in the medical school and the brand new interdisciplinary research center. They were amazed at the advancement in technology and the hospitality of the staff.

Scholars enjoying a discussion with a Howard Staff at the Simulation Lab

Scholars enjoying a talk with a Howard Staff at the Simulation Lab

In the end, the group left with new friends, a new place to call home, and a new found love and respect for historically black colleges and universities.

Some scholars strike a pose for the camera one last time before leaving.

Some scholars strike a pose for the camera one last time before leaving.

Scholars Help the Homeless in Honor of MLK Day

SOME

On January 19, 2016, SOME (So Others Might Eat) hosted Fulbright Visiting Scholars for a one day volunteer event in Washington, DC in honor of the great Martin Luther King Jr. The purpose of the event was to enlighten Scholars about America’s spirit of volunteerism, and to educate them on the problem of homelessness and poverty that looms over the city.

Despite the coldness in the air, it was a beautiful day. The event was attended by several Fulbright Visiting Scholars from 7 different countries, and some Fulbright Staff. It was moderately representative of what Martin Luther King Jr. expressed in his “I Have a Dream” speech; they were men and women of different ages and from different races.

After five minutes of what seemed similar to old friends playing catch up, the group was formally and graciously welcomed by Samantha Davis, an advocacy specialist at SOME. Samantha presented the group with a wide range of interesting, but saddening information. The group learned about the current status of homeless residents in DC, SOME’S general work, and programs within SOME that are actively advocating for homeless and low income residents in the Washington D.C area.

Thereafter, the group was divided into smaller groups and went to work. For four delightful hours, Fulbright Scholars and staff dedicated their time to serving hot meals, washing piles of dishes, and cleaning tables for homeless and low income people in DC. Everyone that entered the room left with a smile on their face.

In the end, the group left with a new sense of responsibility and commitment to eradicate the problem of homelessness and poverty one individual at a time.

Fulbright Scholars

Fulbright Visiting Scholars from China, Indonesia, Albania, Malaysia, Uzbekistan, Australia, and Hong Kong volunteering at SOME