As the fall semester kicks off, The Hilltop put together a list of clubs to look out for new and returning students for the 2022-2023 academic school year. Whether it’s connecting with fellow coding developers or fellow language enthusiasts, Howard University has no shortage of clubs for any student’s interests:
Google Student Developer Club: @dschowardu
On-campus since August 2020, Google Student Developer Club (DSC) is an interdisciplinary program presented and sponsored by Google developers and has internationally ranked in the top 50 for Google’s Solution Challenge. DSC is open to students of every major with their core teams specializing in technical and non-technical positions. The club facilitates extracurricular projects, exposure to new technologies, computer languages, panels, and workshops from google workers, and current Howard alumni working at Google. “The point of [DSC] is to be relaxed…we want people to know it’s okay to ask questions and make suggestions,” President and junior computer science major Evolone Layne said. “Learning here and making mistakes will help you outside of the club.” The Founder, Malaya Moon, a senior computer science major, expressed the club’s main goal of “having an inclusive environment where any and everyone can learn and improve all their technical skills…no matter where you are in your technical journey.”
REVOLT INC: @revolthu
Revolt inc is a femme-identifying -presenting a feminine while being queer- community service organization focused on educating youth, enriching the community, and empowering women. Members have emphasized how Revolt has done plentiful community service, offering a mentorship program and partnering with a local high school, and having a strong sisterhood.
Howard University Film Organization: @hufo_1989
Howard University Film Organization was started in 1989 and has been active since, hosting proud alumni such as Bradford Young Academy Award-winning Cinematographer. HUFO is committed to serving as an incubator for student creatives as they matriculate through Howard University, providing students with mentorship, community, and opportunities to launch and leverage their future careers in the entertainment industry. “We offer workshops where students can learn and cultivate skills such as writing, pitching, lighting, and editing, Behind The Camera series: Conversations with industry professionals to introduce students to diverse careers in the industry” and access to advanced screenings to the newest films Airis Aaron, a film and tv major from Nashville, Tennessee said.
HU International Pals: @huipals
HU I.P.A.L.S was first created back in 1986 to guide first-year international students through their matriculation into Howard University. I.P.A.L.S still serves its main purpose, but it is also “for students who want to learn about other cultures and connect with students from different backgrounds,” club President Dagam Teferra said. Through mentorship, professional development, and collaboration with other ethnic organizations like African Student Association (ASA) and Howard’s Water and Environmental Organization (HUWEAORG). The organization creates a haven for students of any background to come together. Teferra, a senior environmental science major and computer science minor from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, emphasizes how crucial community is to Ipals, “The main goal is to help international students…and have more services provided by Howard and getting them to students so there isn’t a huge reliance on organizations like us to fill in the gap.”
Howard University Mock Trial: @howardmocktrial
Meeting every Tuesday and Thursday, Mock Trial keeps their cases close but its members closer. “It’s very easy to get close with your teammates, and the atmosphere is that everybody wants each other to win,” President Jayda Peets said. Peets, a senior Political Science and Spanish major, Russian minor from Chesapeake, Virginia, remarks not only about the club members’ amazing abilities that ranked them sixth in the nation in 2021 but also describes their biggest resource being each other no matter their major or if they’re interested in law, “Mock Trial is a home. If you’re looking for a university home…join mock trial. We’re always looking for people to be themselves, come to Mock Trial.”
HU NAACP: @hunaacp
A chapter of the NAACP since 1909, HU NAACP engages with members and a community by ensuring political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens, removing barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes, and educating with engrossing panels that engage with students and promotes discussions towards action and informing of current and historical issues.
Changing Health Attitudes + Actions to Recreate Girls is a wellness, health, and fitness chapter started in August 2021 where members can find and build a community with individuals wanting to better themselves. Howard’s CHAARG chapter is led by Krysten Henley, a senior Sports Medicine major and biology minor, whose passion and enthusiasm leads the organization to be its best self and uplift others in the process. “I noticed that Howard didn’t have a wellness/health community on campus…there’s also a lack of resources around DC in general…I just thought this would be a great opportunity to bring this resource to Howard’s campus.” CHAARG includes a variety of fitness and wellness activities, from weekly workouts on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and small groups to better connect with other students within this club.
HU DAO LABS: @hu_dao
Officially launched in January 2022, HU DAO Labs, short for “Howard University’s Decentralized Autonomous Organization “ is using Web3,” an independent service where the person has total control and rights through no second party like Instagram or Twitter” to mine, refine and monetize our community’s natural resources says Tanner Uzzell, a current organizer for the club. Uzzell is a junior Computer information systems major from Atlanta, Georgia. DAO labs has been offering itself as a guide into this new space, tech, and cryptocurrency and are open to all students who are ready to learn and contribute to the community of others wanting the do the same. “Whenever the next ‘.com’ boom happens…we want to make sure people in our community are there to reap the benefits of it,” Uzzell said.
The Black Girls House: @bgh.howard
Starting in August 2020, The Black Girls House is a chapter of The Black Girls House (BGH) and is an organization dedicated to empowering our communities through advocating and service. The current President, Shaniya Shatteen, a junior Strategic Legal Communication, business administration minor from Lithonia, Georgia, remarks on the organization’s most powerful gesture, its sisterhood. “We were founded on the emphasis of sisterhood and utilizing strength in numbers to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.” BGH partners with many outside organizations such as Ifly youth and local high school and on-campus organizations. “We really just wanna empower and uplift all women and femme-identifying and use our voices collectively to speak about ongoing issues and I aspire for the club to be more well known and continue serving our communities.” [HUWEA logo. Photo courtesy of their Instagram page]
Howard University Water & Environmental Association (HUWEA): @huweaorg
A student chapter of the Chesapeake Water Environment Association, the organization’s purpose is to serve as an environmental resource outlet for the HU community by promoting information through their social media about environmental issues, how to reduce your carbon footprint, and organizing service projects that promote community and student engagement.
[B.R.A.G logo. Photo courtesy of their Instagram page]
Howard’s Brag chapter is dedicated to providing fashion, retail, and beauty industry-focused students together, creating a space for creative expression-real world experience, service and, professional development through workshops, organizing panels, discussions, and clinics for students.
[GlobeMed at Howard logo. Photo courtesy of their Instagram page]
GlobeMed at Howard: @globemed_hu
Training 21st Century Leaders in Global Health, GlobeMed is dedicated to empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty all over the world by partnering with organizations such as the Nancholi Youth Organization in Malawi and hosting events that promote discussions about these worldwide health issues. [ HUIG logo. Photo courtesy of Ayodeji Akande]
Howard University Investment Group (HUIG): @huig1867
Founded in 2015, HUIG provides various resources to students to ensure that they are getting hands-on investing experience including access to the Bloomberg lab, weekly research assignments, end-of-semester pitch sessions, training on core concepts of financial analysis and valuation, and corporate partner recruiting events. “We hope to do the following in
the future: Expand the class size of new students, implement a mentorship program to
pair past and present HUIG members, and invite companies students are particularly
interested in ” Ayodeji Akande said. Akande is Co-President and a computer information systems major from Lagos, Nigeria. “The future is bright! The students are as eager. The e-board is looking forward to a year full of learning opportunities with personal and professional growth,” he said.