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Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber

  • Director, Division of Humanities, University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDCCC)
  • Former History Professor
  • Ward 4 Resident

Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber, a native of Atlantic City, NJ, is Director of the  Humanities Division and Associate Professor of History at the University of the District of Columbia Community College. She is the host of UDC Forum on the University’s cable television station. Sandra received her BA in English, MA in Public History and PhD in United States History, from Howard University.  

Her research interest focuses on documenting and interpreting the history of the African American deaf community.  She speaks frequently on the importance of oral history in documenting the African American experience.  Her chapter “The Struggle to Educate Black Deaf School Children in Washington, DC” in A Fair Chance in the Race of Life: Gallaudet University’s Role in Deaf History explores the struggle of African American deaf school age children for an education in the District. This anthology, published by Gallaudet University Press, celebrates 150 years of deaf education in Washington, D.C. “Educating Washington’s Black Deaf Children in the Nineteenth Century”,   and her chapter in Emerging Scholars Shifting Paradigms: Black Women’s Scholarship, documents the struggle to establishment a school for the deaf in the District. Her article, “Teaching the African Diaspora: Using History to Connect People” for the internet publication explores how teaching in an international classroom provides opportunities for students to experience informative exchanges between different cultures in an academic arena. Her chapter, “The African-American Family: Giving the Gift of Roots and Wings” is included in the publication Family Affair: African American Identity in the 21st Century.  Her biographical entry on the “The National Black Deaf Advocates” is found in the Encyclopedia of American Disability.

She is serving a four year appointed term as a commissioner on the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site Advisory Commission, and is a member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the Association of Black Women Historians and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.  Sandra and her husband, John A. Barber, Sr., a native Washingtonian, reside in Petworth in Ward 4, and attend Shiloh Baptist Church where she is a Deacon and John teaches Church school.