March 2022 Volume 11, Issue 3
Civil rights leader and activist Gloria Richardson. (Jamaica Gilmer BA ‘10)

Dear Howard University,

It is no exaggeration to say that women are the backbone of societies all across the world, throughout history and into the modern day. Despite facing overt and structural discrimination, women have still managed to cultivate a sphere of influence and change our world for the better. 

In this Women’s History Month-themed edition of Bison Beat, we seek to elevate and examine female leaders that have left their imprint on Howard University and beyond. From advocating for civil rights, gender equality and LGBTQ inclusion, these women saw injustice in the world and worked to correct it; no matter the pushback they encountered, they were determined to push forward.  

From civil rights icons like Gloria Richardson to individuals whose names you may not recognize, like Chi Hughes and Victoria Kirby York, whose legacy of uplifting the LGBTQ community on Howard’s campus continues to be felt to this day, these women have demonstrated the importance of being outspoken when you have something important to say – even if there are those who don’t want to hear it. 

I hope this edition of Bison Beat leaves you feeling inspired by the examples of these women to pursue righteous causes in your own life. 

Excellence in Truth and Service, 

Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA 
Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery 



The struggles of social workers to which Social Work Month seeks to call attention are the same struggles that women experience across the board. “Women have had to fight for equality and equity, not just for yourself, but for others,” Sandra Crewe, dean of the School of Social Work, says. “Women’s history is like the social work profession – we are often marginalized and not valued for the work we do.”

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Student Q&A

Sarah Jones-Smith is a graduating senior at Howard University from Orange County, California, majoring in broadcast journalism. She dreams of becoming a highly-respected broadcast journalist, specifically in sports and entertainment.  


Howard University Dean of the Graduate School Dana Williams, PhD talks with the legendary Eleanor Traylor, PhD, Professor Emeritus and former chair of the English Department.

Known among many as "the Godmother," Dr. Traylor discusses women's history, teaching at Howard, the importance of self as a Black woman, and what it was like to work and be among Howard's greats. 

Watch here.

At Howard, numerous women have left legendary imprints for the benefit of women and the LGBTQ community. 

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Richardson believed her education would extend beyond textbooks and midterm exams, and it did. 

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Campus Happenings

Howard University Alternative Spring Break Brings Insight and Service to Baltimore Students 

This year’s Howard University Alternative Spring Break program (HUASB) sent Howard students to 14 states and Puerto Rico. 

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The Vernon E. Jordan Jr. Law Library dedication took place on March 3 on Howard University West campus. Many gathered to honor Jordan as a long-time civil rights leader, adviser, grandfather and close friend.  

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Howard Magazine Launches New Website

The Office of University Communications recently unveiled the redesigned Howard Magazine website, a digital component to the award-winning alumni print publication.

The new digital version publishes the complete magazine in a user-friendly presentation, including enhanced features such as video, audio, stop-motion animation and links. 

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U.S. Congressman Meeks Affirms Howard's Legacy in Charter Day Address 

U.S. Congressman and alumnus Gregory W. Meeks called on Howard University students to speak truth to power and confront distortions on a range of high-profile political and civic topics, including critical race theory.

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Howard University Women’s Basketball Heads to First NCAA Tournament in 21 Years 

Game On: Students, Alumni Join Forces to Bring Rugby to Howard  

Howard University, Rock Creek Property Group to Develop Mixed-Use Building at Prime Georgia Avenue NW Corner 

Awards and Recognition
Reflection by Dr. Frederick

During Women’s History Month, we often recognize those trailblazing individuals who shattered glass ceilings by becoming the first women to reach certain vaunted positions in our society that had historically been reserved for men and from which women had for so long been excluded.   

In the year 2022, I know that many may find it dispiriting to continue to celebrate these “firsts.” After all, shouldn’t our country have reached a point where we are no longer surprised when a woman becomes the president of a major company or the coach in a men’s sports league? Since we believe that women are entitled and deserving of pursuing any career in any field, why should we continue to celebrate that which we ultimately desire to be so commonplace as to not even be worthy of mentioning?  

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