Earlier this month, Howard University students condemned local residents who picnicked, sunbathed, exercised and dog walked on The Yard, an open campus area surrounded by academic buildings.
The controversy has sparked a debate about race and gentrification. Many students said residents are degrading the school’s space by walking their dogs on the campus, especially when the dogs relieve themselves on the lawn.
On the other hand, some locals believe the campus is a public space.
Frederick noted the 152-year-old historically black college has shared a “long-standing relationship” with the residential area for years, listing an array of campus events that have been open to everyone.
He said the school has previously held meetings with the advisory neighborhood committees and has recently reached out to them to “engage in dialogue.”
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