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Ivory Toldson, Ph.D.
Ivory Toldson, Ph.D.
Professor of Counseling Psychology
Ivory Toldson, Ph.D.
Professor of Counseling Psychology

Ivory Toldson, Ph.D., is a professor of counseling psychology at Howard University, president and CEO of the Quality Education for Minorities Network, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education. In the past, he served as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities under President Barack Obama, as well as the senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. 

Toldson is a prolific scholar and myth buster with more than 60 publications under his name, including four books. His most recent book, published in January 2019, is titled “No BS (Bad Stats): Black People Need People Who Believe in Black People Enough Not to Believe Every Bad Thing They Hear About Black People.” In this new book, Toldson uses data analysis, anecdotes and commentary to debunk common myths about educating Black children. His motivation for writing this work comes from talking with people who had lost hope due to negative statistics about young Black men. He found that the more he studied these statistics, the more he found that they were often incorrect, poorly contextualized, or incomplete. “No BS” comes from a desire to find solutions and combat misinformation. It is a landmark work in an expansive body of research dedicated to educational equity.

“I want Black scholars to claim authority over their expertise and remove shackles that have been placed on them.”
Jeron Smith
Jeron Smith
Alumnus - CEO, Unanimous Media
Jeron Smith
Alumnus - CEO, Unanimous Media
Originally From: Chino Hills, California

Jeron Smith is a Howard alumnus whose career in sports marketing and advertising has proven to be nothing short of remarkable.  In 2015, Smith was featured on Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list for his work as a brand manager at Nike, which included the Jordan brand and the “Basketball Never Stops” campaign. He went on to serve as the deputy director of digital initiatives in the White House’s Office of Digital Strategy during the final year of the Obama administration. 

Smith is the CMO of SC30 Inc. and CEO of Unanimous Media, which he co-founded with basketball superstar Stephen Curry to “inspire, impact, and empower” through multimedia storytelling centered around family, faith, and sports themes. In 2019, Unanimous Media’s series, “5 Minutes from Home with Stephen Curry,” won a Webby Award for Best Web Personality/Host. Additionally, Smith was featured on Ad Age’s 40 Under 40 list. Smith credits his peers at the Howard University School of Business for creating a foundational environment for his future success. He mentors young students and is passionate about inspiring them to pursue their ambitions, despite the obstacles. 

“My favorite phrase is “relentless ambition.” I believe that phrase perfectly captures what it takes to break into and thrive in this industry.”
Dr. Bahiyyah Muhammad
Dr. Bahiyyah Muhammad
Professor of Sociology and Criminology
Dr. Bahiyyah Muhammad
Professor of Sociology and Criminology
Originally From: Queens, New York

Dr. Bahiyyah Muhammad is a professor of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University. In addition to her ethnographic work on the lived experiences of children of incarcerated parents, Dr. Muhammad is the designer of one of the most popular programs at HU, called Inside Out: Crime & Justice. The Inside Out program is a series of courses where Howard students visit local prisons and juvenile detention centers to learn alongside incarcerated individuals, creating dialogue and breaking stigma in a “restorative justice circle” format. Unlike other Inside Out programs, Dr. Muhammad’s classes take place in the cell block where incarcerated students live their day-to-day lives, including them in the experience.

Students come out of Dr. Muhammad’s courses inspired to create change in their communities and in their own lives. The transformative nature of the courses has earned them the nickname of “The Dr. Muhammad Experience,” which Dr. Muhammad herself explains as a philosophy that provides students the opportunity to think outside of the box. 

“At a time when the world has become more divided and indecisive, Howard is one.”
Sabrina Newton
The professors here are not only fountains of knowledge, but they are truly passionate about their craft. I think somewhere along the line that passion spills over into the students and we become just as dedicated to causes of our own. Howard has given me a strong and fearless voice as a black woman. When I step into a room I am confident that I belong there, and I always put my best foot forward. That is the power of the Mecca.”
Sabrina Newton 2019 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship awardee
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