Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce

Purpose of the Presidential Taskforce

We aim to put an end to school shootings and mass tragedies perpetrated by gun violence. No other result is acceptable. While our politics may differ, our priorities may diverge, the liberties we hold sacrosanct may deviate, we can all find common ground in the end result we are striving to achieve.

As I said in a recent op-ed in the Hill, our communities are under attack, and we need to take decisive action to safeguard our spaces – and we must take a final stand to eradicate gun violence and mass tragedies as a stain on the modern-day American experience.”

– Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., President, Howard University, May 25, 2022.

Read the full communication here.

Taking Action: Protecting our Children and Communities from Gun Violence

The Howard University Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce was formed in June 2022 to develop recommendations and innovative ideas and proposals that will be delivered to policymakers.

“Given what is happening in our country, this is critically important work,” said Danielle Holley, Chair of the Taskforce and Dean of the School of Law. "The goal is to provide recommendations on gun safety, as well as Howard’s recommendations and solutions to address gun violence."

Students can take action now by completing the Gun Violence Prevention Student Survey. Scan the QR code below or access the survey here.

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Statistics and Data

Every year, 117,345 people are shot. Among those:

  • 40,620 people die from gun violence

  • 15,343 are murdered

  • 76,725 people survive gunshot injuries

  • 34,566 are intentionally shot by someone else and survive

  • 23,891 die from gun suicide

  • 3,554 survive an attempted gun suicide

  • 492 killed unintentionally

  • 547 are killed by legal intervention

  • 1,376 are shot by legal intervention and survive

  • 347 die but the intent was unknown

  • 4,471 are shot and survive but the intent is unknown

Source: Brady


The Taskforce will regularly publish and post relevant and useful resources on gun violence prevention for members of the community. This will include Congressional reports, community and related organization information and articles, links to newspaper and journal articles, etc. 

The Four Pillars and Guiding Principles of the Taskforce

Pillar 1: Innovative policy

The Taskforce will develop innovative and forward-thinking policies and solutions that help in the prevention of gun violence.

Pillar 2: Community engagement and programming

The Taskforce will engage directly with the University community and with the local communities. Members will connect with grassroots activists and other organizations, student groups, alumni, faculty, and staff. We will reach out to and collaborate with the community through the various lenses of our disciplines and through programs and events, such as webinars and townhalls, conferences, course offerings, candlelight vigils, homecoming, etc.

Photo courtesy of Muntaquim Muhammad. Used with permission.

Pillar 3: Curriculum development

The Taskforce will review the current curriculum at Howard University for courses and programs that currently exist. The Taskforce will develop new curricula for the Schools and Colleges around nonviolence and tools of nonviolence.

Pillar 4: Collaborative research

The Taskforce will stay abreast of research on gun violence prevention that is being done inside and outside of the University.

Task Force Chairs

Danielle R. Holley, J.D.

Dean and Professor of Law
Howard University School of Law

Sandra E. Crewe, Ph.D.

Dean and Professor of Social Work
Howard University School of Social Work

Roger A. Mitchell Jr., MD FCAP

Professor and Chair
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Howard University College of Medicine
Howard University Hospital

Task Force Members

Allison Morgan Bryant, Ph.D.
Chief of Staff
AVP, Corporate Relations

Pamela L. Carter-Nolan, Ph.D., MPH
Director, Master of Public Health (MPH) Program
Associate Professor, Graduate School

Eryka Anabell S. Clarke
Student, HUSA Vice President

Mariah Cooley

Edward Cornwell
College of Medicine

Katrina Floyd
Director, Student Services and Professional Development
School of Social Work

Kenyatta Hazlewood
Howard University Hospital

Dr. Robert K. Johns
Director of Strategic Corporate and Community Engagement

Bahiyyah M. Muhammad, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminology
College of Arts and Sciences

Bernard L. Richardson, Ph.D.
Dean of the Chapel

Jada Watts
VP of Admissions | M3 Representative
EM Students' Association EMSA Representative
College of Medicine

N'Dia Webb

Mallory Williams
College of Medicine

Jacqueline Young, MS
Office of Faculty Development
Office of the Provost

Rashad Young
Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer