President Frederick Shares Path Forward as the Occupation of Blackburn Ends

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Dear Howard University Community, 

Howard University is pleased to announce that we have come to an agreement with the students who occupied Blackburn. This is a welcome step forward as we continue to bring together our Howard community.

About one month ago, student protesters initiated their occupation of Blackburn. Today, they have agreed to leave Blackburn, and I also expect non-student protesters to depart the surrounding area – and to end their occupation of the campus. 

The health and well-being of our students is the most important part of my job as president. As I have said before, even one issue in one of our dormitories is too many, and we will continue to remain vigilant in our pledge to maintain safe and high-end housing. 

We have so much more to accomplish together, and the future for all of Howard looks very bright. Our Howard Forward strategic plan, which was launched in 2019, will continue to guide our path and build upon our success as we transform the academy, research enterprise and financial strength of the University to be best in class.

Our 2020 campus master plan speaks to our strategy to grow and invest in our beloved Hilltop, which will continue to improve the campus experiences for our students, faculty and staff. This progress can only be achieved by coming together as one Howard. One Bison. 

As we close in on the Thanksgiving holiday, I am encouraged and excited about the work we have accomplished – and the work we will continue to do – together to reinforce Howard University. 

I look forward to sharing details soon on our ideas that will address concerns and build a culture where all are heard.  

Excellence in Truth and Service,

Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA

Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery

President