Human Development and Education
Dr. Helen Bond is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education at Howard University in Washington D.C. She is a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar to India, liaison to the Center for African Studies and served as a West Virginia Human Rights Commissioner appointed by Governor Joe Manchin (now state senator) and confirmed by the State Senate. With a Ph.D. in Human Development and a background in education, Dr. Bond’s expertise is in teacher education, prevention of violent extremism through education (PVE-E), international affairs, and human rights. She served as an expert with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Ministries of Education in Ethiopia developing a capacity study for a teacher licensing system for Ethiopia. She served as a Research Fellow at the Georg Eckert Institute (GEI) for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig, Germany and a three-time participant in the Holocaust Institute for Teacher Education with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She co-chairs the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) USA along with colleagues from Columbia, Yale, and the University of California, San Diego. This is a highly visible senior leadership role as the global SDSN was set up in 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN is a network of researchers working together to mobilize expertise around on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity. Their monograph, Never More Urgent: A preliminary review of how the US is leaving behind Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous communities was published in 2020 by SDSN-USA based at Columbia University in New York City. Dr. Bond has authored several scholarly works focusing on education, human rights, diversity, and tolerance. She has presented on these topics in over 20 countries including Austria, Bangladesh, Cuba, England, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Liberia, South Africa, and South Korea among others. Her research and work was featured in Howard’s April 2021 edition of Bison Beat published from the desk of the President of Howard University. Dr. Bond has 20 years of university-level experience in education and human development with a focus on diversity, education and sustainability, both nationally and internationally. She has held faculty and administrative positions at Howard University, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), and Shepherd University, a rural residential university located 70 miles from Washington, D.C., in West Virginia. Howard is a doctoral university classified as a high research activity institution and a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) located in the nation’s capital. Howard is a diverse institution with over 9,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students representing 50 states and territories, and 66 nations. Most notably, she has served as an education and human development expert for various branches of the United Nations. She has served as an expert with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)—the academic arm of the UN headquartered in Paris. She has also served as an expert consultant with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC)-Education for Justice Initiative, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She is the coprincipal investigator of a national 2020 Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program STEM program to establish the Precollege Program and Access to Careers in Engineering funded by the US Department of Education. She is also the coprincipal investigator with the Smithsonian Science Education Center in Washington, D.C., to develop, Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science. She served as the Director of CETLA at Howard University from 2015-2018. CETLA is Howard’s university-wide teaching and learning center that focuses on inclusive pedagogy, evidence-based assessment, and instructional technology. As Director, she reported to the Provost and was responsible for program and budget development, as well as the supervision of staff and students and managed professional development initiatives across the university. She collaborated with the Office of the Provost, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, The Office of Research and Assessment, Faculty Senate, deans, directors, chairpersons, faculty, advisors, and students to promote an inclusive campus environment. She also serves as the liaison to the Howard University Center for African Studies. The Center for African Studies at Howard is a comprehensive Title VI National Resource Center and a campus-wide hub that supports Africa-related research and teaching across the university and world. Howard is one of only ten universities in the US (and the only HBCU) designated by the US Department of Education as a comprehensive National Resource Center for African Studies. As faculty liaison, she served as a representative and conduit for the Center’s affiliated teaching and research activities. Since 2015, she collaborated with Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies to help organize the International Multicultural Youth Literature Conference for the University. She has authored several scholarly works focusing on antiracism and the promotion of tolerance and respect. Projects include coauthoring the 2020 monograph Never More Urgent: A Preliminary Review of How the US is Leaving Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous Communities Behind and the book Trash Hack Action Learning for Sustainable Development that will be field tested in UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet), which is a global network of over 7,900 schools and colleges in 176 countries who have come together in order to promote UNESCO's ideal of peace and contribute to the quality of education. She was also one of several co-authors of Teaching Respect for All: Implementation Guide that was published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.The book outlines a curricular framework to fight racism and promote tolerance, which countries can adapt to their respective contexts and needs. The guide was piloted in Brazil; Côte d’Ivoire; Guatemala; Indonesia; Kenya and South Africa. A video was developed by UNESCO where policy makers, teachers and students of partner countries shared their testimonies. The multilingual version of the Guide can be found on UNESCO’s website. She was also I am the the contributing author to the UNESCO publication entitled, Teacher’s Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism, the first contribution to the implementation of the UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, announced in January 2016. She is also the author of the forthcoming chapter, “Beyond the Veil: In Search of the Duboisian Double-Conscious in the Works of the Mildred D. Taylor,” to be published in, Essays on Mildred Taylor published by the University Press of Mississippi. She also developed an educational board game entitled Labyrinth with funding from the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. Players navigate the Labyrinth to find their way through conflicting paths that lead to tolerance and empathy, but also to violence and radicalization. The game which is designed for secondary students incorporates the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that is the 17 Global Goals adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 that provides a shared blueprint for peace and development. She developed an accompanying Teacher’s Guide and Instructional Book that accompanies the game and is featured onUNODC’s website in multiple languages < https://www.unodc.org/e4j/en/secondary/non-electronic-games/labyrinth.html >. As a result of her work in this area, she was invited to speak at the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Tokyo, Japan in March 2021 at the session for “Games for Justice” that featured the Labyrinth and my work on PVE-E and sustainability. Most recently she serves as an education advisor for the new educational TV show Bison Blvd ["Boulevard"] for youth set in an urban neighborhood. The program is affiliated with WHUT-TV (Howard University Television) and is a host-guided program featuring original puppet characters that utilize science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics to address challenges in their neighborhood. Dr. Bond who has reviewed PBS educational children’s programming for the US Department of Education in her role at Howard, will help guide the new educational TV show Bison Blvd so that its programming is both educational and inspirational to children and youth of color. She was inducted in the 2020 Alumni Hall of Fame by The Ohio State University-Mansfield for her work in diversity, education and human development.