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Scholar in Residence

During the spring and summer of 2016, the Ronald W. Walters Center hosted its first scholar-in-residence, Dr. Pearl K. Ford Dowe, Professor at the University of Arkansas, Department of Political Science.  Dr. Dowe, who received her Ph.D. from Howard University, conducted research for her book on Black women in politics, with a special emphasis on Black women serving in the U.S. Congress. She conducted guest lectures and participated in activities sponsored by the Walters Center and the Department of Political Science.  Dr. Dowe was interviewed by the University of the District of Columbia television station (UDC-TV) to discuss Sister Strength, The Social, Economic and Political Black Women.  Listen to the interview.


Ronald Walters Scholarship

Zha’Mari Hurley, a 3.77 GPA graduate from Jersey City, NJ, was selected by the Ronald W. Walters Center and the Department of Political Science to receive the 2016 Ronald Walters Scholarship. The scholarship was established to recognize outstanding full-time juniors or seniors enrolled in the Department of Political Science at Howard University. Ms. Hurley’s future career goal is to create educational programs and policies that will overall enhance the urban youth’s ability to compete for careers and opportunities on an international level.

The Walters Scholarship has been supported primarily from donations by Mrs. Patricia Turner Walters, widow of Dr. Walters. You may contribute to the scholarship by contributing online at:


Dr. Elsie Scott and Mrs. Patricia Walters with Zha”Mari Hurley, 2016 Walters Scholarship Recipient

Dr. Elsie Scott and Mrs. Patricia Walters with Zha”Mari Hurley, 2016 Walters Scholarship Recipient


Walters Center Student Assistants Receive Degrees

Nicolette C. Cabbell, Howard University 2016 graduate, a New York native, Sports Medicine major with a minor in Chemistry, served as a student assistant at the Walters Center during her sophomore and senior years.  Ms. Cabbell stated that working at the Walters Center helped her grow and become more aware of critical issues affecting the African American community.  Being a part of the Center gave her exposure to current African American leaders, both men and women in a mixture of fields including education, public policy, research and many more. 

Paula Thomason, M.S.W., 2016 Graduate, School of Social Work, served as a graduate assistant at the Walters Center.  Ms. Thomason, a California native, stated that the Center gave her the opportunity to participate in research designed to improve police practices.  With focus groups as its primary source of data, this project’s qualitative data collection method also strengthened her experience with dialogue-oriented research.  She stated that her curriculum emphasized why researching social problems not only allows social work practitioners to expand their knowledge within a practice area, but it also benefits clients and society from a policy and legislative level.

Young African Leaders Institute (YALI) Mandela Fellowship Program

Howard University was selected as one of the host sites for the YALI Mandela Fellow Program for the third straight year. The Walters Center has served as a partner in the program since its inception. During the summer of 2016, Dr. Elsie Scott, Director of the Walters Center, served as Academic Director.  Twenty-five young professionals from sub-Saharan Africa spent six weeks participating in a Public Management Institute at Howard.  The Walters Center helped organized lectures, educational experiences outside the classroom and cultural experiences for the fellows.


President Wayne A.I. Frederick and Provost Anthony Wutoh with the 2016 Mandela Fellows and Howard University staff