Supporting our Bison: Beyond the Reversal of Roe v. Wade

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Dear Howard University Community,

The Division of Student Affairs at Howard University is here to reinforce our commitment to providing an exceptional student experience, combined with an array of supportive resources and programming aligned with the University’s core values of truth, excellence, leadership and service.   

With the Supreme Court’s recent overturning of the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion services for women as a constitutional right, I am compelled to consider the impact this may have on our Bison.
 
First, it is essential to get answers to critical, immediate questions that many have asked, such as, “What does this mean for everyday people?” Dean of Howard University College of Law Danielle Holley-Walker wrote an article on The Dig, “Explaining What It Means for the Law and Women in America.” I encourage you to read it for answers to some of the first questions you may have.
 
Second, we recognize the court’s recent ruling is highly divisive – one that disproportionally affects women of color, those living in poverty or having limited economic resources, as well as those living in rural and medically underserved communities. Howard University continues to educate the socially responsible practitioners of tomorrow and uphold our shared commitment to building global movements for justice and equity.
 
The University takes pride in being an inclusive and welcoming place for all students. We encourage respectful discussions about world-event changes and the impact they may bring about. We expect ongoing strong views and opinions to be expressed around this issue.

It is part of our ethos at Howard to operate from a position of compassion, caring, concern and grace towards all students, and our commitment to supporting them remains unwavering. Here are some of the resources and supportive services available to Bison.

  • The Student Health Center continues to support students in their reproductive needs and access to health care resources.
  • The Office of Residence Life and the Office of Student Services offer informative programming and wellness support in the residence halls that allow for discussion and debate.
  • University Counseling Service provides individualized year-round support, helping students cope with processing change, maintain mental health wellness, and manage overall feelings of uncertainty.
  • The Office of the Dean of the Chapel offers spiritual care and wellness programs.

At Howard, we understand that student learning doesn’t happen solely in the classroom. The spaces and places across our campus and the community are an extension of teaching and learning opportunities supporting a student’s total development.

We are all in this together and remain committed to providing valuable resources and programming to educate and empower Bison as future leaders. Please visit the Division of Student Affairs section of Howard’s website to learn more, or email us at studentaffairs@howard.edu.
 
Thank you for your continued support and partnership, especially as we navigate these ever-changing times. 
 
Excellence in Truth and Service
 
Cynthia Evers, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs