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    The Newest Hotspot for Global Education: HBCUs PDF Print E-mail
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    Dillard University is recognized as one of the newest hotspots for global education according to the Huffington Post.

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    10 College Presidents on Twitter Who are doing it Right PDF Print E-mail
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    By Roger Riddell          
    Education Dive 

    WMK 2-20122The amount of attention focused on how technology impacts education in (or out of) the lecture hall often overshadows its affect on its impact behind the scenes. Take, for example, the university presidency. Among the duties of those presiding over higher ed institutions is outreach, and if technology has done anything for the men and women running the nation's colleges, it has made it easier for these leaders to develop a unique relationship with students (both prospective and current), parents, the community and more. 

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    Dillard Student Nicole Tinson featured in interview on Bill Moyers show PDF Print E-mail
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    August 29, 2013
    by Reniqua Allen

    Black youth activists across the country have had a busy summer — protesting the George Zimmerman verdict, helping ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to vote, and fighting against policies like stop and frisk and Stand Your Ground. As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, young black activists gathered at the Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, not only to commemorate the past, but to strategize about how to create a better future. In this short video filmed at the Black Youth Vote! pre-march rally and the Realize the Dream March on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, black youth explain what brought them to nation’s capital and why their voices matter in the 21st-century struggle for civil rights.

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    President of Hip Hop Caucus at Dillard PDF Print E-mail
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    Mona Duffel Jones
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    August 22, 2013


    (New Orleans) Dillard University’s class of 2017 will begin the 2013-14 academic year with a visit from Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, minister and nationally known leader in engaging youth in the electoral process.

    The Hip Hop Caucus is known for its mobilization efforts in registering tens of thousands of young people to vote. In 2008, the group set a record by registering 32,000 people in one day in 16 cities across the country. 

    Yearwood founded the Hip Hop Caucus in 2004 as a means of demonstrating the power of the Hip Hop Community and to get the attention of government in Washington, D.C.  as well as throughout the nation.  The group has been actively involved in a number of social justice issues.  Most notably, after Hurricane Katrina Rev. Yearwood led a coalition of national and grassroots organizations to advocate for the rights of Katrina survivors in regards to housing, education and employment.

    He has collaborated on a myriad of activist projects with widely known individuals and populr artists such as Russell Simmons, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jay Z, P. Diddy, and Keyshia Cole, amont others. Rev. Yearwood’s dvocacy initiatives include environmental campaigns, a 2007 pro-peace  tour, “Make Hip-Hop Not War,” and the “Vote or Die!” campaign, to name a few.

    Yearwood has been recognized as one of the 100 most powerful African American by Ebony Magazine, and one of the 10 Game Changers in the Green movement by Huffington Post. He was also named to the Source Magazine’s Power 30, Utne Magazine’s 50 Visionaries changing the world, and the Root 100 Young Achievers and Pacesetters.

    Born is Shreveport, Louisiana, Yearwood’s family is from Trinidad and Tobago. He is a graduate of Howard University School of Divinity and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Rev. Yearwood taught Social Justice at Georgetown University prior to his work as a civil rights activist.


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    Dr. Kimbrough Offers Comments and Advice Regarding use of Social Media by Fraternities PDF Print E-mail
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    Richard Luscombe in Miami, Tuesday 27 August 2013 12.52 EDT

    DSC 1408 4x6One of the largest university fraternities in the US was under a new police investigation on Tuesday after the suspension of a Florida chapter whose students set up a Facebook page allegedly advertising drugs and featuring photographs of topless or semi-nude underage girls.

    Officials at Florida International University confirmed that its police department was looking into the activities of the Miami campus chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, which is already facing a lawsuit in Illinois over the hazing death of student David Bogenberger in November.

    The Facebook page has since been taken down, but screen grabs leaked to the Miami Herald and Miami New Times last week show posts from students seeking cocaine or selling Adderall, a popular stimulant "study drug" that enables users to stay awake.

    In addition, a caption below one photograph of a topless girl claims she was 17 when the picture was taken.

    National leaders of the fraternity have suspended the Florida chapter for the "disgraceful, offensive and indefensible" behaviour of some of its members and, in a statement by executive vice-president Justin Buck, promised to support the police and university investigations to "hold individuals accountable to the fullest extent of the law".

    But the episode in which students allegedly posted cellphone numbers advertising the services of a campus "Pike Pharmacy", referring to the fraternity's nickname, and added other obscenity-laden messages and photographs, is more unwelcome publicity at a delicate time for Pi Kappa Alpha's leadership.

    The worst incident, the death of freshman student Bogenberger, 19, from alcohol poisoning after a drinking game that was part of an initiation ritual at Northern Illinois University last November, led to a wrongful death lawsuit from the teenager's family. They claim he and others passed out after being made to drink excessive quantities of vodka in separate rooms and that organisers of the unsanctioned party discussed calling for medical help but decided against.

    But the fraternity, which boasts more than 250,000 past and present members, and whose mission statement is to "develop men of integrity, intellect, and high moral character", is no stranger to other controversies, many of them alcohol-related.

    In Florida, its chapters have been suspended from several campuses in recent years, including the University of Miami, Florida Atlantic University and the University of Central Florida.

    "It's a hard nut to crack," Dr Walter Kimbrough, an expert on the role of university fraternities and president of Dillard University, New Orleans, told the Guardian on Tuesday.

    "Every year they have intense education and training programmes, they work really hard to change that behaviour, but these incidents just keep coming. They must feel kind of helpless.

    "There are parents sending their kids off to college, seeing all this going on and thinking that as a national fraternity you guys aren't doing something right. For the leadership it's continually dampening down fires, and with these very high-profile cases they have two wildfires burning right now."

    Mark Rosenberg, the FIU president, announced that the chapter would be suspended indefinitely and called the episode "a learning opportunity".

    "The Facebook posts disgusted me, angered me and saddened me," he said in a message addressed to the "leaders of Greek organisations" on campus. "Pi Kappa Alpha will no longer be part of our university.

    "College years are a transformative period when young adults make the transition to adulthood and, we hope, learn to become respectful law-abiding citizens and leaders in our community."

    Justin True, director of communications at the Memphis, Tennessee, headquarters of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, declined a request from the Guardian for an interview. "We are not open for any additional questioning regarding the former FIU chapter," he wrote in an email, suggesting that the fraternity had expelled the group. The chapter was the subject of eight disciplinary actions in five years, according to FIU records.

    Dr Kimbrough said the episode highlights the need for students to think of the consequences before using popular sites such as Facebook and Twitter. "Social media hasn't been their friend. If anything it makes it easier for them to be caught," he said. "This isn't the first time. Every year someone gets suspended because somebody posts something on social media."

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