Mothers of the Mecca

About Mothers of the Mecca

In March 2022, Howard University and The Center for Women, Gender, and Global Leadership launched Mothers of the Mecca, a student-led organization and research initiative. The mission of Mothers of the Mecca is to reimagine the stigmas associated with parenthood when we are wearing multiple professional hats and instill pride and community around parenting at Howard Univerity. In our research efforts, we aim to capture the student, faculty, and staff parent population as well as the experiences and needs of the community.

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Student Leaders


Syeria Alvarado (Sy or Sy-air -rah)


Harri-Anna Derolus


Melodie Watson-Davis


Krisanally Desalu


Jaidyn Grambell


Parisia Hutchinson (Pah Ree SIA) Events Chair

Yanique Williams

Graduate Student Leader


Featured Article

Mothers of the Mecca Launch

“I know that it has not been easy as I have tried to navigate the challenges of juggling my career and motherhood. And I fully admit that I did not always get the balance right. But I hope that you can see that with hard work, determination and love, it can be done.”  ~ Hon. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson In her opening statements earlier this week, the Honorable Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson addressed the nation by beginning with where many women begin, with her family. Read the Article