The Internal Communications team brings clarity to the University’s mission by disseminating the information and telling the stories that move Howard forward. Our principal aim is to ensure that our campus community is informed and aware of the actions they can, should and must take to benefit themselves and strengthen our University.
We have the ability to send communications to faculty and staff members, students, and deans.
Internal Communications’ three principal strategies are:
- Align: We create lines of communication among the Howard community;
- Empower: We give employees a voice and listen to feedback; and
- Involve: We encourage the Howard community to actively participate in events or trainings.
To fulfill these strategies, our team utilizes these three methods of communication:
- Email: Letters to targeted campus audiences to convey messages from University leadership;
- HU! You Know! Newsletter: Recent stories highlighting campus community members and alumni;
- Bison S.A.F.E Newsletter: Campus safety and COVID-19 updates.
Submission File Format
- Written content must be provided as a Word Document.
- If shared via SharePoint link, please be sure that the link is accessible.
- Please be sure that all accompanying documents are functional and live at the time of the distribution requests.
- Photographs must be high resolution and submitted as a:
- JPEG or PNG;
- PDF; or
- Based on the intended audience for the communication, the opening address should be formatted based on one of the following options (please note that all communications will follow the same “Dear Howard University …” construction):
- Dear Howard University Community;
- This includes faculty, staff and students.
- Dear Howard University Bison/Students;
- This includes all HU students.
- Dear Howard University Faculty; and
- This is for faculty only.
- Dear Howard University Employees
- This includes all faculty and staff.
- OUC does not have the internal capacity to separate messages based on classification, dormitory location or specific departments.
- Only under critical, cabinet-level approved circumstances can the above mailing lists be divided. In these cases, the requestor must submit a list of intended recipients, complete with the name and email address of each individual.
In-Text Contact Information
- Please be sure to include all relevant contact information.
- Department name;
- Contact email or phone number;
- and A sentence alerting readers to contact listed information in the event of question.
- Correct division/office name; or
- Correct person’s name complete with academic credentials.
- Correct: Janae Doe, Ph.D., MD
- Incorrect: Dr. J. Doe
Howard’s print and digital publications allow the University’s stories to be told through the amazing accomplishments, life-changing work and inspirational stories of those in our vast global community. We publish magazines and newsletters that keep members of the Howard community, from near and far, connected to the Mecca. The publications highlight major campus events, important endeavors by members of the Howard community, and critical perspectives on salient topics by Howard thought leaders. Through vivid writing and captivating images, our publications provide an opportunity for Howard students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni to showcase their work and demonstrate how it relates to Howard’s mission as an institution and furthers our unique vision for society.
Howard Magazine is an award-winning publication that helps alumni stay connected to the University and with each other. It showcases the accomplishments alumni have made in every profession and how they have diversified and changed their respective industries. It also highlights the University’s unyielding commitment to prepare some of the nation’s brightest minds to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive and global society.
With a print circulation of 85,000, Howard Magazine is published three times a year (including digital-only edition) and distributed to Howard University alumni, faculty, staff and students as well as legislators, corporate partners, foundations and private donors. It is published in early February, mid-May (only digitally) and mid-September.
The magazine includes the following departments:
- Perspective: A breathtaking horizontal photograph that showcases something related to Howard, anywhere in the world.
- Expressions: First-person opinion pieces about a particular topic that’s relevant to Howard.
- Campus News: Updates around the University.
- Vision: A piece highlighting a person, place, topic and more that is designed to leave a legacy to Howard.
- Features: Long-form reported stories about a person or people, place, topics, issues or subject of timely interest to the Howard audience.
- Alumni Stories: A profile about an alumnus’ recent work or achievement.
- Class Notes: Updates on Howard alumni, including professional and life changes.
- In Memoriam: Remembering Howard community members who have passed on.
- Bison Bookshelf: Editorially selected books written by the Howard community.
- Echoes: A first-person narrative about a distinct memory at Howard, written by an alumnus, faculty or staff.