HUD had the honor of hosting a cadre of four West Point cadets on June 1st and 2nd. Over the course of their visit, cadets Dominique Clark (Fort Washington, MD), Lolita Narcisse (San Antonio, TX), Jacob Klamm (Enid, OK), and Eliji Mondesir (U.S. Virgin Islands) met with several senior HUD officials from multiple program offices to discuss the department’s structure and each office’s role.
The visit to headquarters was a designated stop along the cadets’ route to the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority in Norfolk, VA. While there they will serve as near-peer coaches and mentors for the Army Research Laboratory/United States Military Academy Mobile Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) robotics workshop. The workshop will be held at an affordable housing community on Saturday June 6th.
HUD Public and Indian Housing team member and West Point alum Jerryl Bennett played an integral role in coordinating the visit.
“HUD strongly supports the goal of using housing as a platform to improve lives by giving every person new opportunities to thrive,” said Bennett. “The United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA) has partnered with HUD to bring an innovative educational opportunity for youth living in public and affordable housing communities. USMA is the among the nation’s premier leadership institutions that builds leaders of character with the goal of preparing every cadet to selflessly serve the country with excellence.”
Bennett added that once the cadets arrive at the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, they will learn about the city and residents. In addition, they will provide leadership to 40 middle school students who live in the community and are participating in the West Point Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM and encourage them to pursue education and careers in STEM.
The cadets will depart Norfolk on June 7th for the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. During their visit, they will partner with an ARL researcher who will lead them through the process of analyzing the voluntary data collected while in the community.
Two additional cohorts of West Point cadets will visit HUD headquarters on June 8th and 15th for two days before traveling to Richmond and Hampton, Virginia. The cadets will host Mobile STEM robotics programs.
Marcus D. Ryan is a HUD Presidential Management Fellow