Passionate about Best Buddies International, an organization that facilitates friendships between intellectually and developmentally challenged individuals and their non-disabled peers, Stephanie Howard saw a need to expand the program at USF. She became President, and since, membership has doubled. Howard brought Best Buddies’ national “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign to USF in March, aiming to make students aware of the hurtful effects the word “retarded” has on disabled citizens. As a result, more than 1,000 students pledged to stop using the word.
Howard was recently selected as a USF Ambassador for the 2011-2012 academic year. She currently serves as Membership Education Vice President for Alpha Delta Pi, and will be the community manager of the sorority house next year. Howard also participates yearly in Stampede of Service, volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House, and is an avid blood donor, over 2 gallons to date.