Guidance and Support
COUNSELING AND SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
Includes ongoing spiritual assessment, coaching and advising for students by SEDL staff, who also distribute resources on call, seminary and vocation.
Provide support to undergraduate students and Chapel staff in various areas of SEDL programming. These assistantships provide hands-on ministry experience for young ministers and role models for students involved in this exploration process.
Leaderships Retreats are sponsored each year through diverse forums. The annual Pre-Freshman Orientation Retreat enables leaders of the University’s recognized student religious organizations to plan for the upcoming year and to prepare for welcoming entering students.
- An annual student leadership retreat is co-sponsored with the Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center to present spiritual and ethical perspectives on pressing global issues for students aspiring to public or government service among student leaders from the nations historically black colleges and universities.
- Sponsor semi-annual Chapel Assistants retreats to plan programs, enrich their relationships and nurture their relationship with God.
- Co-sponsor the annual Howard University Student Government Association (HUSA) retreat on spirituality and ethical issues.
Mentoring is provided through several programs. SEDL staff collaborations with various campus ministries provide resources that prepare students to serve as peer mentors to the wider community of students. Journalism students participate in a demonstration program in the School of Communication’s “Mentorship in Journalism and Religion”, to be personally mentored and instructed by Dr. Barbara Reynolds, a leading journalist and religious writer.
Pre-Ministry Fellowship meets each month to expose students to various opportunities in ministry.
Seminary visits allow students who are called to graduate study in religion to meet with representatives from diverse theological seminaries, participate in area events related to enrolling in seminary, and visit seminaries.