Leadership

Building Future Generations

A word from Don Christian, Chairman

Greetings,

I hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits. Allow me to connect you or reconnect you to the “heartbeat” of the Jamaica Howard University Affinity Network (JHUAN). As a pillar for change and empowerment, JHUAN’s unwavering mission since its 2018 inception remains:

“To serve the Jamaican student community at Howard University through Scholarships, Mentoring, and Career Development.”

Our efforts, thanks to the dedication and passion of many, have been nothing short of transformative. In just 5 years, we have championed the dreams of Jamaican students at Howard, with 64 scholarships awarded totaling $254,000 US dollars. Our scholarships support students across all academic interests at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools.

Beyond the tangible financial support, we strive to equip our scholars with life skills, networking opportunities, and mentorship. From sessions on financial literacy to mental health and wellness, we endeavor to holistically nurture our students. Through the diligent work of our Executive Committee and volunteers, we also facilitate personalized one-on-one mentorship experiences, pairing scholars with mentors in their chosen career paths.

While our achievements are commendable, the needs remain profound. The reality is stark: many Jamaican International students at Howard University are limited to merit-based scholarship opportunities. In our recent scholarship cycle, although we supported 20 students, numerous deserving candidates remain. These students, already demonstrating transformative potential, are shaping the future in fields from Law to Engineering and Architecture.

This is where our collective strength shines. Your involvement can amplify our impact. Whether you’re keen on joining our network of volunteers, donors, or advocates, or considering a contribution to our scholarship fund, your support is pivotal. Please consider donating, as we set our sights on a $100,000 goal this year. Your contributions will help bolster our mission to provide more substantial scholarships.

Lastly, I’m excited to extend an invitation to purchase a ticket or tickets to our annual event, “HUes of Blue”, slated for September 16th, 2023. Set against the backdrop of the Jamaican Ambassador’s residence in Chevy Chase, MD, this signature event promises an evening of celebration, networking, and inspiration, marking our giving campaign’s pinnacle.

JHUAN is not just an organization; it’s a community. My earnest wish is that you too feel the pulsating energy and promise this community holds. For more insights, inquiries, or to express interest, I’m at your service. Please connect with me directly.

Warm regards and with deepest gratitude,

Don Christian
(Chairman, JHUAN)

Who We Are

Leadership Team

At JHUAN, our executive committee passionately drives the core priorities of the organization. In close collaboration with Howard University, we ensure our mission is more than just a statement—it's a lived reality. Together, we provide strategic guidance and oversight for the betterment of our community.

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Giving back is a part of who we are and the sheer purpose of JHUAN. If you are a graduate of Howard University or just an affiliate who believes in JHUAN’s mission, you are welcome to donate.  

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