HAU Committees

Howard Alumni United exists to respond to, challenge, and ultimately affect the reversal of the decision made by the Howard University Board of Trustees to eliminate its three voting Affiliate Trustee positions: student trustee, faculty trustee, and alumni trustee.
Howard Alumni United also exists to establish and operate an alumni organization that supports and engages Howard University alumni in a way that is independent of, but not in contradiction to, the current University alumni infrastructure.

The following HAU committees are open and we encourage you to
join us and help build a better Howard Alumni United for generations to come

HAU Research Committee

This committee provides HAU members with objective facts about a variety of topics that affect the University and HAU’s membership, directly or indirectly, so that they can be informed decision-making stakeholders. The committee’s goal is to distill any research into a condensed, digestible format, while also providing the supporting sources which would allow members to take deeper dives into each topic or conduct their own additional research.

If you have any questions, email the committee at hauresearch@gmail.com

HAU Communications & Social Media Committee

This committee creates, develops, and executes the communications strategy for the organization. Specifically, it focuses on message development, traditional publicity and media relations, as well as digital marketing content and assets. The committee works to support, amplify, and leverage the influence and power of the organization’s members, as well as of Howard University’s students and faculty, all in alignment with the organization’s mission.

HAU Alumni Independence Committee

This committee works to help define, develop, and forward the organization’s core mission of independently representing and advocating for alumni interests (see mission statement above). The alumni independence movement at Howard University is also focused on supporting current students, financially supporting alumni and university fundraising campaigns, and establishing strategic, mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships across a variety of public and private sectors.


Alumni Ambassadors (AA) Subcommittee

This subcommittee will develop awareness campaigns and events for the purpose of increasing enrollment of both undergraduate and graduate students at Howard University. Subcommittee members will create, develop, and produce gateway events (such as college fairs, job and career fairs, training seminars, virtual teach-ins, etc.) that will excite prospective students about Howard. Also, this subcommittee will facilitate mentorship opportunities for HU students by establishing a speaker’s bureau and by participating in college fairs, and related events and initiatives.

Alumni-Faculty Relations (AFR) Subcommittee

This subcommittee will provide support services to current faculty of Howard University in their pursuit of fair and professional treatment, resolution of grievances, living wages, and other areas that the faculty deem important. It will also help create awareness about the professional achievements, as well as the challenges, of HU faculty (including non-tenured faculty members).

Alumni Membership & Engagement (AME) Subcommittee

This subcommittee will design and develop strategic ways for the non-profit to grow and maintain active membership for HAU, both nationally and globally. The subcommittee’s work also includes the creation of a directory of active alumni; the creation of an on-boarding and verification system for primary and associate members (as well as for recently graduated alumni); and other products and services for the non-profit’s members.

Awareness, Education, & Advocacy (AEA) Subcommittee

This subcommittee will design ways for the non-profit to actively inform and provide analysis about current and historical events and topics that directly affect Howard University’s expansive community. Topics may cover a full range of topics from social, racial, environmental justice topics to financial and corporate literacy, and political empowerment topics. This subcommittee would be responsible for creating and/or co-producing events for the non-profit’s members and the community-at-large.

Budget & Finance (BAF) Subcommittee

This subcommittee will make recommendations on the organization’s fiscal policy, reporting methods, operating budget, and related systems. It will help identify prospective Black accountants, accounting firms, and/or and financial advisors who will ultimately ensure that the organization has the necessary financial resources, analysis, and systems in place in support of its stated mission and goals.

Communications & Marketing (CAM) Subcommittee

This subcommittee will assist with the development of the non-profit’s overall communications and marketing agenda including, but not limited to, the development of organizational narratives, digital marketing strategies (email, social media, mobile, video, etc.). The subcommittee would also help survey and/or compile communications and marketing resources such as media lists, social media content management products, and other helpful services or products.

Fundraising & Development (FAD) Subcommittee

This subcommittee will recommend strategic fundraising goals for immediate needs and help with the ways that these goals are met. Regarding development, this group will also work to create and nurture relationships with prospective donors for future, long-term income, and resources. Ethical policies and standards regarding donors would be drafted by this subcommittee.

Programs & Partnerships (PAP) Subcommittee

This subcommittee will help create public programs that ultimately strengthen the reputation and stature of alumni, students, faculty, and Howard University as a whole. The public programs may be in-person or virtual, as well as social, recreational, motivational, or educational in nature. HAU partnerships may be with the National Pan-Hellenic Council, corporate entities, other HBCU independent alumni organizations, charities, local non-profit service organizations, etc. — mainly for the purpose of creating awareness and excitement Howard University. This subcommittee would be primarily responsible for identifying HAU member bonuses and prospective member incentives.

Join an HAU
Alumni Independence Subcommittee!

If you’re interested in joining any of the subcommittees listed above, please complete the signup form by clicking the button below

If you have any questions, email April R. Silver,
Alumni Independence Chairman, at aprilrsilver@gmail.com

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