Our Approach

Howard University

Howard University is one of the country’s leading private universities. Founded in 1867 in Washington, DC, it is the home to 13 schools and colleges offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional degrees in a number of disciplines.

Our Story


The Howard University Alumni Club of Greater Washington, DC (HUAC-GWDC) operates under the auspices of the National Howard University Alumni Association (HUAA) and is one of the oldest and largest alumni clubs in the association.


The Howard University Alumni Club of Greater Washington, DC is committed to attracting and engaging Howard University Alumni to provide multi-level university support by serving our students and our community, and by ensuring a visible, viable, vital organization that embraces the spirit of excellence.


The Howard University Alumni Club of Greater Washington, DC serves to inspire and engage alumni to cultivate a lifetime of loyalty, commitment, and service to Howard University, the capstone of higher education.

Guiding Principles

                    S3=Spirit + Service + Scholarship

 Spirit – to always carry the school spirit of Howard University wherever we go and let our Howard Pride manifest itself through our walk and talk as we lead others

 Service- to always give of ourselves, our gifts and talents, time, and finances to the university, students, alumni, and community

 Scholarship- to always promote, encourage, cultivate and support the scholarly pursuit of academic success at Howard University

HUAC GWDC Strategic Plan 2019-2020


Goal 1 - Engagement - Develop and implement an array of rewarding programs and activities that increase overall alumni engagement and giving to the University


  • Objective 1. 1 - Develop and cultivate loyalty, tradition, and foster mutually beneficial lifelong relationships between university, alumni, students, and friends of the university family
  • Objective 1.2 - Create an awareness of the club’s programs and activities to attract a more diverse group of alumni
  • Objective 1.3 - Identify university and community programs to engage alumni in the intellectual, cultural, sports and other numerous opportunities available
  • Objective 1.4. - Provide more networking opportunities for alumni
  • Objective 1.5 - Increase membership enrollment, participation, and support
  • Objective 1.6 - Offer new alumni volunteer opportunities that align with university priorities
  • Objective 1.7 - Promote and support alumni businesses and endeavors
  • Objective 1.8 - Promote and support healthy initiatives

Goal 2 - Students - Cultivate a Relationship between Students and Alumni Through Consistent Engagement


  • Objective 2.1 - Strengthen relationships with campus partners and organizations and student leaders to identify opportunities for the club to connect to students and the university
  • Objective 2.2 - Work closely and provide a liaison officer to the Bison Pre-Alumni Club and any based DC metro club to build a relationship
  • Objective 2.3 - Provide a formalized mentorship program through our Backpacks to Briefcases, Oratorical Contest and other activities designed to give students an edge when entering the work force or working for themselves
  • Objective 2.4 - Provide scholarship opportunities and enriching academic opportunities to support student’s matriculation at Howard University
  • Objective 2.5 - Engage current students to foster a lifelong relationship with the alumni club and Howard University

Goal 3 - Sustainability - Partner with University and Community Entities to generate revenue to support the sustainability of the Alumni Club


  • Objective 3.1 - Grow the GWDC Budget to $50,000 per year
  • Objective 3.2 - Develop a strategy to increase alumni giving to the university
  • Objective 3.3 - Develop and cultivate relationships with non-profits and for profits to secure
    future funding for the alumni clubs and programs
  • Objective 3.4 - Create revenue streams and share program costs with the Howard University Alumni Association and the Division of Alumni Relations
  • Objective 3.5 - Develop a strategy to create revenue streams and share program costs with appropriate university entities and similar partners
  • Objective 3.6 - Collaborate with the university to develop ongoing fundraising strategies specific to the need of the alumni club
  • Objective 3.7 - Secure corporate partnerships to offer resources and services to alumni

Goal 4 - Marketing - Develop and implement a comprehensive marketing strategy that increases our visibility, partnerships, and memberships on campus, within the community and the surrounding area


  • Objective 4.1 - Build brand awareness of the club’s mission through a comprehensive communications plan
  • Objective 4.2 - Enhance the club's website presence, leverage social media and other emerging technology to enhance the club’s image and visibility
  • Objective 4.3 - Develop a comprehensive membership campaign propelled and supported by social media
  • Objective 4.4 - Create an awareness of university research, programs, and accomplishments to promote
    alumni pride in the University
  • Objective 4.5 - Improve the club's Infrastructure to maximize our efforts to be efficient and productive