Howard University, the historically Black educational institution in Washington, D.C., has entered into a partnership agreement with the Universidad del Valle of Cali in Colombia. The partnership will serve as a foundation, beneficial to each university and their surrounding communities of African descent, according to the memorandum of understanding.
The agreement calls for student and faculty exchanges between the two educational institutions. In the spring semester of 2019, Howard University faculty will travel to Colombia and teach a semester-long program on race, ethnicity, and identity in Colombia.
Tonija Hope Navas, director of the Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, stated that “our visit laid the ground work for us to connect our students and community of Howard University with Universidad del Valle in a historic way. During the academic year of 2018-19, we will produce a series of lectures, presentations and activities in honor of Colombia – highlighting the successes and examining the challenges that face their marginalized communities.”