About Lifting Every Voice
LIFTING EVERY VOICE is Clark Atlanta University’s theme for the 2016-17 school year. It both harkens back to CAU’s combined 300 years of scholarship, activism and legacy-building (the result of the 1988 consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College) and beckons forth as our rallying cry to uplift the University, as well as our local and global communities.
The University’s four schools (Business, Education, Social Work, and Arts and Sciences) are becoming standard bearers in their respective fields. The School of Business is one of the top 10 producers of African American business professionals in the nation. And the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work is upholding the legacy of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, the Atlanta University professor who co-founded the NAACP and was the best known spokesperson for African American rights during the first half of the 20th century.
LIFTING EVERY VOICE is borrowed, of course, from the Negro National Anthem that Atlanta University alumnus James Weldon Johnson penned in 1900. In it, Johnson urges us to lift every voice until earth and heaven ring with the harmonies of liberty. The strength of that poignant, poetic message reverberates even today—and especially at Clark Atlanta University, where it serves as our charge to reinvigorate our great institution and raise the voices of our nation—especially voices that too often go unheard.
Our new day begun
To produce graduates who will make a real difference in the world, we must first create an educational institution that makes a real difference. That’s why LIFTING EVERY VOICE starts at CAU.
Dr. Ronald A. Johnson, the fourth president of Clark Atlanta University, knows that this is no solo act. He and his leadership team are dedicated to giving every member of the CAU community a voice in reimagining and reengineering this extraordinary institution.
The challenges facing higher education, in general, are great. Jeremiads about the survival of institutions of higher learning, the prohibitive cost of college, and the relevancy of the black college experience are a constant refrain over the educational landscape.
LIFTING EVERY VOICE is a charge … forward. It will be infused in everything we do, from curricular and programmatic changes, to rebuilding bridges to all of the University’s stakeholders, to expanding our students’ worldview so that they become responsible global citizens.
All members of the University community will have their say as we embark on this remarkable journey, together.
Lead us into the light
As one of the country’s leading research institutions with a combined 300 years of scholarship, activism and legacy-building (the result of the 1988 consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College), CAU’s aspiration to become a national leader in higher education is within our reach.
The University is taking ambitious steps toward creating a rigorous and relevant curriculum that meets the demands of the 21st century. President Johnson is retooling the University so that it keeps pace with today’s fast-changing technology and economy. The University is adding “stackable credentials” that put students on an entrepreneurial track, regardless of their field of study. And for the first time in University history, all CAU freshmen were given assessment tests to reveal their life skills, social skills and study habits. These results are helping faculty more effectively teach the 21st-century student.
The University also is rejuvenating its legacy of activism as it continues to emerge as a national catalyst for social and political change. And, most importantly, CAU is preparing future leaders who understand that the true value of their education is not limited to professional preparedness—but also an appreciation of the greater good and the acknowledgment of the intrinsic value of each and every person.
CAU is orchestrating an exciting year of growth, academic excellence, principled leadership and civic activism. We invite you to join in by lifting your voice.
Our students are becoming global citizens so they can make a real difference in the world