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What’s Next for Howard University Student Leaders? 

Eryka Anabell Clarke

Honors Political Science Major, English minor

Vice President of HUSA

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On campus, Eryka Anabell Clarke served as the president of the Howard University branch of HBCU Imprint, inc., a non-profit organization geared toward first-generation student success. Clarke has also served as an elected senator and the director for student advocacy in the Howard University Student Association Senate (HUSA). In these roles, Clarke has drafted legislation such as her recently passed First-Generation, International, and Transfer Students’ Day bill that established the respective days of appreciation for those communities on Howard’s campus. Clarke is also a spring 2021 initiate and champion debater on the speech and debate team, and the previous First Vice President of the Howard University Pre Law Chapter Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International.  

After graduation, Clarke will be attending Harvard University in the fall for her Master’s in Education before attending law school in the fall of 2024. Ultimately, she hopes to be a philanthropist and attorney with a specialty in education.

“Howard is the epitome of family. The support and assistance you receive from the faculty, staff, administrators, and students is unmatched. Everyone wants to see you win, everyone wants to see you accomplish your dreams and they offer their assistance every step of the way,” said Clarke. “I love Howard because Howard has loved me and provided me with the nurturing, character development, and growth that will help me accomplish my wildest dreams.”

Cecily Davis

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Musical Theatre major

84th Miss Howard University 

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During her Howard Career Davis served as Miss Howard and the first Miss Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts. She was co-producer of the first all-black cast of “Heathers” the musical, the first student-produced musical on campus. 

After Howard, Davis would love to end up on Broadway, so she is moving to New York to be closer to auditions. 

“As the 84th Miss Howard University, I meant it when I said ‘Tap In’ was more than just a platform, but a way of life. My legacy was born when I stepped foot on campus August 2019, but it will not stop May 13th, 2023. The work I will do on the 14th and every day afterward will be to help further pave the way for HBCU students in the entertainment industry,” said Davis. “The College of Fine Arts will forever hold a special place in my heart. As the first Miss Chadwick  A. Boseman College of Fine Arts, I hope to establish a scholarship for the students of CABCOFA in the next five years.”

Laten Jordan

Political Science Major, Strategic Communications minor

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President for CASCADE 

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In addition to being president of Howard’s LGBTQ+ student organization, Laten Jordan was the 61st Chief of Staff of the Howard University Student Association. In both positions, he has advocated for an inclusive Howard. Laten is a Lavender Scholarship Awardee, the Center for Women, Gender, and Student Leadership ambassador, Advocacy Director for COAS Council, and an award-winning member of the university’s mock trial team.

After Howard, Jordan will be a diversity, equity, and inclusion specialist in human resources before pursuing a Juris Doctorate Degree to continue my passion for advocacy.

“Although Howard has taken so many efforts to become a more inclusive and safe space for all students, I believe there is still a lot of work to be done to further foster community, support, and safety,” said Jordan. “As I matriculate out of the university, I would love to see students, faculty, staff, and administrators continue to #PushHowardForward in this area.”

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