The National Capital Planning Commission and the Washington Geographic Information system Consortium hosted the Historically Black College and University Summer Faculty Geographic Information System(GIS) Workshop August 4-10, 2002 in Washington, DC. Howard University¹s Continuing Education Program coordinates this annual workshop with the support of federal agencies. Faculty members from Historically Black Colleges and Universities participated in this year¹s program. GIS is a computer mapping technology that allows users to link aerial photographs, images, and data to digital street networks, buildings, sidewalks and other elements of the built environment. The technology is currently being applied to numerous homeland security initiatives.