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    NEW ORLEANS – Over the past few days, the Louisiana Senatorial Debate being held on the Dillard University campus has garnered attention locally and nationally and has spurred a wide range of emotions within the University’s student body, our alumni, and from people across America.

    First and foremost, Dillard stands by its contractual obligation to host the debate.  We also reiterate that the University has had no input with regard to the criteria of selection or issuing of invitations to candidates for this event.

    The University believes that this is a critical election for our state and takes its role in educating its student body seriously.  Understanding the electoral process, including the elements that we may not agree with, is vital to the success of our American democracy.

    We have spoken with our student leadership and will continue to work with them, during election season and far beyond, in creating positive avenues to change our nation for the better.

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities such as Dillard are committed to building bridges between people of all races, religions, and ideologies in our nation.  The University has a responsibility to represent the values of inclusion and promote the nation’s movement towards a more open society that creates opportunity for all Americans, and the University stands in direct opposition to those who would promote exclusion and the denial of the American Dream to any of our citizens.  

    As this debate and our Election Day draw nearer, we remind everyone within our community that there are a number of ways to make our voices heard, but none speak louder than voting.

    The 2016 Tom Dent Literary Showcase Features Writers From Three Different Generations and Genres on Friday, November 4, at Dillard University PDF Print E-mail
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    NEW ORLEANS –C. Liegh McInnis, a poet, author and educator, will headline the Tom Dent Literary Showcase, where a diverse group of scribes will take the stage at Georges Auditorium on Dillard University’s campus on Friday, November 4, at 7 p.m.

    L. Kasimu Harris, writer and photographer, and Dillard University students, Angelle Gray and Courtland Powell, who are both spoken word artists, will precede McInnis.


    McInnis is an instructor of English at Jackson State University and the author of eight books, including four collections of poetry, one collection of short fiction, Scripts: Sketches and Tales of Urban Mississippi, one work of literary criticism and was previously the publisher and editor of Black Magnolias Literary Journal.


    “McInnis is well trained in black letters and is extremely knowledgeable about those who came before him and he understands on whose backs he stands,” said Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy. She organized the event and curated writers of different genres and generations and is the Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Professor & Coordinator English Program at Dillard. Saloy described McInnis as a literary activist, who imparts that wisdom and knowledge to another generation. She said: “His brilliance is just there and intellectually, he is a head above a lot of people.”


    Harris is a storyteller, who uses writing, photography and performance video. His work has been in more than 20 group exhibitions across America, two internationally and three solo photography exhibitions, including one earlier this year in New York. He has written for the Oxford American, Yahoo Food,and Southern Living and The FADER. Most recently, a feature he wrote forEdible New Orleans was selected for the book “Best Food Writing 2016.” Harris is also the assistant director of Communications and Marketing at Dillard University.


    “I’ve seen L. Kasimu come up through the neighborhoods with the Melanated Writers Collective and do his thing,” said Saloy. “The fact that he’s here at Dillard, I think it’s an honor for us to showcase him and to let people know he’s here and what he has to offer.”


    Giving was paramount to Tom Dent. He worked tirelessly to groom other black writers and form creative communities. He was an accomplished writer and involved in the Congo Square Writers' Union (New Orleans) and the Umbra Workshop (New York), the first post-civil rights Black literary workshop. He was a son of Jessie Covington and Albert Dent, former president of Dillard University. Tom Dent died in 1998. And since 1999, the African American Resource Center of the New Orleans Public Library has had some variation of events that celebrated his life and legacy. Saloy and Dillard University students have been featured in the event from its inception. Four years ago, the program moved to Dillard and is now the Tom Dent Literary Showcase.


    “From the time I came here in 1991, he was a part of the intellectual life at Dillard.” Saloy said. “His loss is felt throughout the literary community, but his lessons of literary organization and literary activism is not lost on me or on my students.”


    On Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., in Georges Auditorium, McInnis will lead a writer's workshop that’s an activity aimed at cultivating young writers with creative work and getting constructive feedback from a professional.


    Saloy also involved multiple Dillard students on the showcase program, including Gray and Powell. Their performances will mark spoke word’s debut at the Tom Dent Literary Showcase.

    Both the events are free and the writer’s workshop is open to all students at Dillard and across New Orleans. For more information and to RVSP for the writer’s workshop, before 5 p.m., on November 2, contact Mona Lisa Saloy at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

    Dillard statement regarding Louisiana Senate Forum PDF Print E-mail
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    On September 26, 2016, Dillard University was contacted by WVUE regarding the rental of University space to host a televised debate for the upcoming Louisiana Senate election.

    We were requested to provide a location for an undetermined number of candidates for a forum that would not be open to the public.  As an engaged member of our community, Dillard provides space for numerous events each year.

    WVUE set the criteria for participation and is the sole sponsor of this event.  Under the criteria established by Raycom Media, David Duke qualified by reaching at least five percent in independent statewide polling.

    Dillard University does not endorse the candidacy of any of the candidates who will appear at this debate.   

    The University will work with WVUE to ensure that the event is secure and managed professionally as it does with every event that occurs on our campus.

    All other questions regarding this debate should be directed to either Raycom Media or WVUE television.

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    NEW ORLEANS – The coronation of Mister and Miss Dillard University 2016-17 will be held this Saturday, October 22, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in Dent Hall on the University’s campus.  The theme for this year’s coronation is “Royal Enchantment: An Evening of Elegance.”  Mr. Darren J. Scioneaux Jr. and Miss Chelsea D. Bosley will begin their reigns as ambassadors for Dillard for the remainder of this academic year.

    Miss Dillard, Chelsea D. Bosley

    mrsdillardChelsea D. Bosley, is a 21-year-old pre-law student, English major and graduating senior, who enjoys reading, writing and research, has strong faith in God, and a passion for fashion and politics. She prides herself in offering a sympathetic ear and a shoulder to lean on. Chelsea is often seen around campus with a warm smile, eager to spark a conversation with others. She jokingly says that she has never met a stranger.

    Since her freshman year at Dillard, Chelsea has been involved in on-campus organizations and taken advantage of opportunities for personal growth. Now as the 81st Miss Dillard University, Chelsea becomes only the second Dillard Queen to serve as a four-time member of the Royal Court. Chelsea also serves as recording secretary and financial secretary of the Beta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., president of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society, former secretary of the National Pan Hellenic Council, treasurer of the English Club and former public relations director of the African World Network Organization. She is a member of the Thompson/Cook Honors Program, the National Society of Leadership and Success, Miss Empowered Women’s Health Initiative and Sister to Sister.  She was also a Dillard University cheerleader.

    Family is paramount to Chelsea, a Louisiana native who was raised in Plaquemine by Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Bosley. She is the younger sister of Ms. D’waynia L. Bosley; the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Bosley Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Provo; and the great-granddaughter of Mrs. Agnes Bosley. Chelsea attended Brusly High School, where she was elected the 2012 Homecoming Queen and Miss BHS.

    Chelsea, maintains a 3.8 GPA and has earned more than 300 community service hours and is the recipient of many academic honors. She was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship, 2015 Dillard University National Alumni Association Scholarship, Segal Education Award Scholarship, 2015 Alpha Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Scholarship, Coca-Cola Women’s Empowerment Scholarship and TOPS. She is a Sidney Frank Dillard Scholar and Justice Revius Ortique Scholar. Chelsea plans to attend law school next fall.

    Mister Dillard, Darren J. Scioneaux Jr.

    mrdillardMister Dillard, Darren Joseph Scioneaux Jr., 21-year-old graduating senior from New Orleans, is a mass communication major with a concentration in multimedia journalism. He’s a Denzel Washington Scholar, with a 3.6 cumulative GPA who can be described as a passionate and modest individual. He has demonstrated a commitment to being his best in the classroom and within the community. His main goal is to contribute to the legacy of service at Dillard University. Darren is a graduate of St. Augustine High School and is the devoted son of Denise and Darren Scioneaux Sr.

    In his sophomore year, he fulfilled a dream of serving the community by returning to the sport he loves most, baseball. Darren served as a mentor and assistant coach for the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy of New Orleans for three years. He worked not only to give back to the game, but also to promote positivity among young athletes. Darren has honed the skills needed for his multimedia journalism studies through experiences beyond the classroom that have moved him toward becoming a complete storyteller. He has worked as a photographer and reporter for the Courtbouillon, the Dillard University Student Publication. He completed a news internship at WDSU- TV in New Orleans and served as a production assistant for the 2016 Essence Festival.

    In 2015, seeking to deepen his influential leadership among his peers, Darren was initiated into the Beta Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He currently serves as chapter president, where he leads an organization of men with a rich history of working for the greater good and the betterment of New Orleans. Darren’s ultimate goal is to use his knowledge and skills in his future endeavors as an educator, mentor, and reporter.

    Dillard climbs two spots in U.S. News and World Report HBCU rankings PDF Print E-mail
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    NEW ORLEANS – Dillard University has moved up two spots among Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report Best College rankings, released earlier today.  Dillard is ranked 12th among HBCUs this year after finishing 14th in 2016.  The annual rankings were released earlier today.

    Dillard improved its rankings in average freshman retention rate, graduation rate, percentage of freshmen ranked in the top quarter of their high school class, and alumni giving rate. 

    This year’s U.S. News and World Report rankings included reviews of 1,374 schools nationwide and are available at They will also be published in the Best Colleges 2017 Guidebook, published by U.S. News & World Report and available on newsstands on Oct. 4.

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