Directions: Here are Directions to Howard University.

Conference Building: The conference will take place in the Armour J. Blackburn University Center at Howard University. Here is a map of the Howard campus. Plenaries and meals will take place in the large ballroom on the second floor, and parallel sessions will take place in meeting rooms throughout the building.

The conference begins with registration and a plenary on Thursday (Oct. 8th) at 5pm, and ends by 1pm on Sunday (Oct. 11th).

Flying: If you are flying into Washington, we recommend flying into Washington Reagan National Aiport (DCA). It is located just outside the city, and there is a WMATA Metro stop connected to the airport. The ride to Howard University and nearby hotels from the DCA Metro stop takes 20-25 minutes. Other nearby airports are Baltimore Washington International (BWI) and Washington Dulles International (IAD).

Shuttle service is available through Howard University, bringing campus visitors and students to and from parking lots, the Shaw Metro station, and other nearby locations. Please visit the shuttle website to find out how to ride the shuttle:

Metro: The Shaw Metro station on the Yellow Line of the subway will bring you closest to Howard University (0.6 mi).  The HU/Shaw station is on Georgia Avenue, about 9 blocks from the Blackburn Center; the walk includes 4 blocks uphill.

Bus: HU is along a main bus route, Georgia Avenue, with two buses (70 &79) traveling along this route to and from down town DC very frequently during the day. The buses pass right by two of the listed conference hotels. The bus is a very good alternative for those in the downtown hotels.

Taxis/Uber: These should cost about $10 – $12 each way from the central downtown DC hotels.

Parking: Howard University (HU) has parking available for visitors and guests located across from the HU Bookstore (2225 Georgia Ave, NW, Washington DC). This parking lot, 2204 Georgia Ave N.W, is operated by Tag B Parking Management, and is first-come, first-served, and​ costs $8 per day (7am – 5pm) and is about 4 blocks, mostly uphill, to the conference venue (Blackburn Center).

There is street parking with meters for up to 4 hours (7am – 6:30pm) all around HU, and some spaces are fairly close to Blackburn, if available. Street parking cost $4 for 2 hours or 25c for 8 minutes.

Parking is free and available on all of the HU parking lots after 5pm and all day on Saturday and Sunday. After 5pm and on the weekend, there is a parking lot available fairly close to the Blackburn Center.

There are a few parking spaces available for people with disabilities, for special needs, and for loading and unloading, which are adjacent to Blackburn. If you need to request one of these spaces, please email your name, tag number, and car information to

Rideshare/Roomshare Email List: If you are interested in sharing transportation or lodging with a fellow participant, you can use the conference’s Rideshare/Roomshare email list to contact other interested participants and coordinate your travel planning.

Click here to join the Rideshare/Roomshare list.

On that webpage, complete and submit the subscription form. Check your email for a confirmation message–this prevents others from gratuitously subscribing you. Once you click the link in the confirmation message and your confirmation is received, your subscription request will be held for approval by the list moderator, and you’ll receive a final email once you are officially subscribed to the list. This is also a private list, which means that the list of members is not available to non-members. All of these steps help to protect your privacy and ensure the integrity of the list.