Yulanda Ward, 22, who was fatally shot during a robbery in Southeast, Washington on Sunday, was a student at Howard University's School of Communications and a community activist.

Miss Ward, who was born in Houston, moved to Washington four years ago to attend Howard University and had taken a year's leave of absence to do community work. She was cochairperson of the District of Columbia City Wide Housing Coalition, a group of tenant associations organized to represent inner-city residents, and a member of the board of directors of the D.C. Rape Crisis Center.

She was a leader in the student section of the National United Black Front, a newly organized national network of black community groups and activists, and recently helped organize the First National Conference on Third World Women and Violence.

Miss Ward was planning to return to Howard in January to complete work for her bachelor's degree.

Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Emeola H. and Morris Curbey, and her father, Herman Ward, all of Texas.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Yulanda Ward Memorial Fund, D.C. Rape Crisis Center, P.O. Box 21005, Washington, D.C., 20009.