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Marriott International, Howard U. to address racial equity in hospitality industry

Bethesda-based hospitality giant Marriott International Inc. and Howard University on Tuesday announced the inaugural Howard Hospitality Week, an event beginning Oct. 25 that will bring together the Howard community and hospitality leaders to discuss the need for more diverse and equitable opportunities within the hospitality industry.

Over the course of five days, students, members of the faculty and industry leaders will gather on Howard’s historic campus in Washington to tackle key hospitality business, leadership and social impact issues. Howard Hospitality Week is an outgrowth of the work the University and The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation have begun to create the Marriott-Sorenson Center for Hospitality Leadership housed within the University’s School of Business.

The effort also aligns with Howard’s five-pillar Howard Forward strategic plan, which emphasizes initiatives that serve the community by working with corporate partners to maximize job creation and train a diverse workforce.

Howard Hospitality Week will include virtual and in-person access to a variety of on-campus events planned for students, including case competition, educational sessions and a LoveTravels summit.

To participate virtually in the daily livestream of Howard Hospitality Week events, discussions and sessions, and to show your support for the student case competition, go to