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    Brazilian English teacher is São Gonçalo in the United States PDF Print E-mail
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    English teacher Edmilson Leal de Oliveira, representing São Gonçalo dos Campos and Conceição da Feira


    English teacher Edmilson Leal de Oliveira represents São Gonçalo dos Campos and Conceição da Feira

    On January 10, 11 and 12 a group of 540 Brazilian teachers left for the United States to attend the PDPI Program – a Development Program for Teachers of English. The 6-week intensive program seeks to train English teachers from public schools as well as to strengthen the bilateral relations between Brazil and the United States.  English teacher Edmilson Leal de Oliveira, representing São Gonçalo dos Campos and Conceição da Feira in Bahia, participated in the last cohort of the program. Edmilson Leal de Oliveira went to Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Edmilson says “this was a fantastic and rewarding experience - learning to use and practice the English language in loco and being able to experience the everyday life in America”. "I will continue to work and study so that sometime very soon I will be able to return. The Governments of Brazil and the United States are to be congratulated for the initiative.” The program was a partnership between the U.S and the Brazilian Governments, which provided the candidates with the necessary financial support so that they could travel to the United States and study at a university there. The following benefits were offered:

    Issuance of the J-1 visa by the U.S. Consulate in Recife, Brazil at no cost;

    Round trip airline tickets - domestic and international flights;

    Allowance in the amount of US $500;

    Health insurance;

    Transportation from the airport / university / airport;

    Accommodation on campus;



    All textbooks and material to be used in the courses.

    If Edmilson Leal were to fund this experience, he would have to spend approximately US $21,000 (twenty-one thousand dollars).

    “Playing properly with a Clean Environment”

    One of the papers presented by the teacher in the city of New Orleans was about a project called “Playing properly with the Environment”, also presented in his city of São Gonçalo dos Campos in 2010.

    For the project all schools – students and teachers - in the city participated in a big competition. The results obtained were satisfactory: about 1,000 tons of recyclable waste was removed from the city streets. The competition also managed to show the participants how hard it was to practice social responsibility and sustainability. “It is a shame that this work has been discontinued,” said Edmilson.

    Professor Beth Larkin showed great interest in the project and at the end of Edmilson’s presentation even joked with the teacher, asking if he would be interested in helping her to apply the same concept in the city of New Orleans.

    All teachers who participate in the program have to successfully pass the TOEFL ITP (Test of English as a Foreign Language - Institutional Testing Program), a test that measures the candidates’ level of English. Taking the TOEFL ITP is a requirement.

    The PDPI program takes place twice a year. Candidates take the examination in February to travel to the United States in June; and in August to travel in January.  Those interested in participating in the program must access the site - The site reports that there will be no calls for the program in June 2014. The next call is scheduled for the second semester of 2014, and the participants will travel in January 2015.

    São Gonçalo Now / Sandro Araújo

    Dillard University Students Help Advertise UNCF Masked Ball PDF Print E-mail
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    Dillard looks to raise dropping graduation rates for black men

    NEW ORLEANS -- At Dillard University, a discussion is happening on how to help get African American students, primarily men, stay in school and graduate on time.

    The latest numbers from the National Center For Educational Studies 35 percent of black males complete a bachelor's degree in six years or less, but in Louisiana, that number is far less.

    Shaun Harper, with the University of Pennsylvania, has studied this issue. She said it's time for colleges to take some of the blame.

    "What I argued in my keynote is there are institutional factors as well. There are faculty practices and other kinds of things the institution does and doesn't do to bolster student success."

    Admissions counselor, Christopher Stewart, has seen one of the factors that contribute to the low graduation rates. He said some students are not interested in what their parents or peers want them to study, thus they get bored and eventually drop out.

    Click here to read more at WWL News.

    Dillard summit aims to get black men to commit to higher education

    Click here to read more at WDSU News.

    Dillard nominated second year in a row for Best University Theater Production PDF Print E-mail
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    Dreamgirls Jennifer close upBEST UNIVERSITY PRODUCTION

    Troy R. Poplous, Dillard University

    Orestes 2.0
    Timothy O'Neal, University of New Orleans

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    C. Patrick Gendusa, Loyola University

    Dmitry Troyanovsky, Tulane University

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    White House Names Dillard Student a 2014 HBCU All-Star PDF Print E-mail
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    Unknown-12(New Orleans) – Dillard University student Nicole Tinson, Los Angeles, Calif. was one of 75 students nationwide to be recognized by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCUs) as a 2014 HBCU All-Star. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are being recognized for their achievements in academics, leadership, and civic engagement. This is the first class of HBCU All-Stars to be announced by the organization.
    “Engaging with the next generation of leaders who will graduate from HBCUs and go on to make meaningful contributions to society is crucial to the success of our community, our country and our global competitiveness,” said George Cooper, executive director of the WHIHBCUs. “It is a privilege to announce these 75 students who have demonstrated a commitment to both their own academic achievement and making a difference in their communities, and we look forward to working with them as partners in advancing President Obama’s college completion goal.”
    Nicole Tinson, political science major and senior class president at Dillard University, was selected from 445 students who submitted completed applications that included a transcript, resume, essay, and recommendation. "I am completely humbled and honored to be selected as a White House HBCU Initiative HBCU All-Star,” Tinson said. “I am proud to represent my family and most importantly my university as an ambassador. It took a lot of hard work, but I'm almost at the top... I feel it." Tinson says she is on a journey to make social change as a student leader.
    Last spring, Tinson participated in the Congressional Black Caucus’ Emerging Leaders program. Fewer than two-dozen people were chosen from nearly 900 applicants for the prestigious program, which puts students in internships on Capitol Hill while they take a full slate of courses at George Washington University. Tinson has also received the 2013 Helping Others Pursue Education (HOPE) Scholarship and a fellowship the 2013 Walton-UNCF Education Reform Program.
    While at Dillard, she has been active in a number of organizations and social issues including starting an NAACP chapter on campus and hosting events like “Why Your Vote Matters,” which brought political figures and media personalities to campus from New Orleans and throughout Louisiana; serving as keynote speaker for the 21st annual “Take Back the Night” event against violence; organizing a forum about racism and misogyny in hip-hop
    that featured academicians from across the country as well as a World Aids Day event, to name a few.
    When she’s not studying or leading a campus organization, Tinson spends much of her time doing community service. After Hurricane Isaac virtually destroyed much of Plaquemines Parish, she traveled to the rural community with a group of peers to help a man gut out his house and she spent her Thanksgiving holiday feeding the hungry at a homeless shelter in New Orleans.
    According to the announcement from the WHIHBCUs, over the course of the next year, the HBCU All-Stars will serve as ambassadors of the White House Initiative by providing outreach and communication with their fellow students about the value of education and the Initiative as a networking resource.   Through social media and their relationships with community-based organizations, the All-Stars will share promising and proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential. In addition, the 45 female and 30 male All-Stars will participate in regional events and web chats with Ivory Toldson, deputy director of the WHIHBCUs, other Initiative staff and professionals from a wide range of disciplines. They will also have opportunities to engage with other scholars to showcase individual and collective talent across the HBCU community.


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