Human Development and Education
Dr. Bond is a University Professor in the School of Education at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is also a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar to India, co-chair of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN USA), and executive council member to the Center for Women, Gender, & Global Leadership at Howard University. Dr. Bond is also the Faculty Liaison to the Center for African Studies at Howard University. Howard is one of only ten U.S. universities and the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a comprehensive National Resource Center for African Studies. Her research was featured in Howard’s April 2021 edition of Bison Beat published from the desk of the President of Howard University.
With a Ph.D. in Human Development and a background in teacher education and education for sustainable development (ESD). She has served as an expert in these areas in over 20 countries including Austria, Bangladesh, Canada, Cuba, Ethiopia, including the Somali region of Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Liberia, South Africa, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, and the United States. Her work with sustainable development and justice connects to Howard’s mission of empowering students toward creating a more sustainable and just future. Dr. Bond was inducted in the 2020 Alumni Hall of Fame by The Ohio State University-Mansfield for her international work in education and human development
She collaborated with The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSCE) in Washington D.C. on the research study titled: "Environmental Justice: Researching Students' Changing Attitudes Towards Sustainability" in collaboration with the SSCE and the Howard University Middle School. The research project was featured at the 2023 Smithsonian National Education Summit and was featured in the Smithsonian Magazine in an article, entitled “Top Five Can’t-Miss Elements of the 2023 Smithsonian National Education Summit.” This research has also been accepted in an edited book collection on environmental justice in the era of COVID-19. This edited collection is organized as a part of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) project “Air and Environmental Health in the (Post) COVID-19 World” and will be published by an academic press.
Dr. Bond was also coauthor to The Learning from Crises series, which asked, "What we could learn from the COVID-19 pandemic that could be applied for climate action?" This publication and panel consisted of two cross-sectoral, multidisciplinary expert discussions and concluded with a May 2022 publication with Springer Nature and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN). The publication featured some of the most compelling ideas explored in a series of interdisciplinary roundtables which examined diverse approaches to global crises and the role of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr. Bond also have a deep research and teaching interest in the SDGs. As a Howard University faculty member, she co-chairs the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN USA) along with colleagues from Carnegie Mellon and the University of California, San Diego. This is a highly visible role as the global UNSDSN was set up in 2012 under the auspices of the United Nation's Secretary-General. UNSDSN is a network of researchers working together to mobilize expertise around the SDGs as a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity. Her work with SDSN-USA ties with Howard University’s mission of empowering students toward creating a sustainable and equitable future.
In 2021, Dr. Bond was a speaker along with Professor Gerald Torres of Yale University at the 2021 Zero Emissions Solutions Conference which is held annually alongside the UN Climate Change Conference that took place in Glasgow (COP26) in 2021. COP 26 brought together 120 world leaders and over 40,000 registered participants, including 22,274 party delegates, 14.124 observers and 3.886 media representatives. The ZESC event where Dr. Bond presented was aimed at problem solving, brainstorming, and global co-creation to inform nations about the latest technology and policy developments. It brings together technical experts and world-leading scientists, engineers and innovators from business, academia, and cities, to share knowledge, exchange information, identify bottlenecks, discuss best practices, and prioritize future research in order to set common technological trajectories for a decarbonized economy as well as the transformations necessary in each sector. Read more about Dr. Bond's participation here.
In addition to the above, Dr. Bond co-authored “Trash Hack Action Learning for Sustainable Development” in conjunction with UNESCO’s Section of Education for Sustainable Development. Trash Hack Action Learning will be used by UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet), which consists of over 11,500 educational institutions in over 180 countries, as well as other schools and organizations. Trash Hack Action Learning for Sustainable Development helps educators engage students in action-oriented activities that increase awareness and action around waste. The book was launched in January 2021 by ASPnet in partnership with the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
Dr. Bond co-authored the monographs with Alainna Lynch of SDSN and Clarence Lusane of Howard University “Never More Urgent: A Preliminary Review of How the US is Leaving Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous Communities Behind,” and with Alainna Lynch and Jeffrey Sachs "In the Red: The US Failure to Deliver on a Promise of Racial Equality."
Dr. Bond accepted an invitation in 2017 to participate in the international expert group meeting convened by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Education for Justice (E4J) initiative in Vienna to provide insight into innovative teaching methods for students. In 2018-2019, she received a grant from UNODC on behalf of Howard University School of Education to develop a non-electronic educational game entitled Labyrinth and accompanying Teacher’s Manual on violent extremism. The Labyrinth has been translated in three different languages: English, Russian, and Uzbek. The accompanying Teacher’s Manual has also been translated in three languages.
She developed (under the guidance of UNODC and E4J) additional Teacher Manuals accompanied by videos on anti-corruption, firearms trafficking, human trafficking, justice for children (still in press), smuggling of migrants, organized crime, and violent extremism designed for secondary school students. These materials were part of UNODC’s E4J initiative that received the Secretary-General of the United Nation’s 2020 Innovation Award.
Dr. Bond was also one of the co-authors of the UNESCO publication, Teaching Respect for All outlines a critical framework to promote respect 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 Teaching Respect of All 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 here. Teaching Respect for All has been published in three languages.
Teaching Respect for All was used in a workshop in February 2015 facilitated by Dr. Elbedour from the Department of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies at Howard University. The workshop was designed to help promote dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis. Dr. Elbedour said “The use of the Teaching Respect for All materials was instrumental in helping both rival parties (Israelis and Palestinians) understand their psychological barriers, and overcome their deep-seated mistrust, fears, victimology, stereotypes and self-defeating policies.”
She was also the 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. This peer-reviewed book has made a major contribution to the new field of Preventing or Countering Violent Extremism Through Education (P-CVE). I was the sole contributing author to the work that was published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which is a specialized agency of the United Nations. The book has been translated in multiple languages and was presented in New Delhi at the conference on the Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education (19-20, Sept. 2016). It was also presented at the White House on International Jazz Day on 30 April 2016 and made international news.
Bond, Helen; Crete, Elena; Khung, Delaney; Kuester, Arend; O’Riordan, Tasmine; Torres, Gerald; et al. (2022): Lessons from COVID-19 for Climate Change. figshare. Journal contribution. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.19745623.v1