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Students Participate in Community Emergency Response Training PDF Print E-mail
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In October 2011, Dillard University’s Class of 2015 became the largest group ever to complete Louisiana’s Community Emergency Response Training (CERT), a 20-hour, hands-on course that teaches individuals to prepare for disasters and form effective neighborhood teams to assist others. Citizen Corps, a national service program coordinated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, administered the training.

Dillard students began their training on Wednesday evening, Oct. 19, and finished it the following day. The university hosted a sleepover with movies and games for commuter students participating in the course.

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The CERT program educates citizens about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. The course focuses on wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, floods and other emergencies. By becoming CERT members, over 300 of Dillard’s first-year students can now provide immediate services in their communities during a disaster until professionals can arrive on the scene.

Dillard’s Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE) partnered with the Louisiana Campus Compact, a statewide coalition of higher education institutions committed to civic engagement, to facilitate the CERT course. The CFYE hopes this year’s project will serve as a model to other colleges and universities of how service learning can provide lifelong skills that make a tangible impact on the community.

Dillard students are required to complete 120 hours of community service before graduation. This spring the university was inducted into the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in service that achieves measurable results.

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Open House: November 19, 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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The Office of International Students and Study Abroad Travels to China PDF Print E-mail
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The Office of International Students and Study Abroad Programs (OISSAP) traveled to Beijing, China in October 2011 to reestablish a memorandum of understanding with Communications University of China (CUC). During the Dillard presidency of Dr. Marvalene Hughes, the universities formed a relationship and facilitated a student exchange agreement. However, in 2010 CUC experienced a change in administration. Consequently, OISSAP Director Dr. Kimya Dawson-Smith took responsibility for renewing the ties that had been formed between the schools.

Dr. Phyllis Dawkins, Dillard’s provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer, vice president of student success, Dr. Hong Dai, mathematics professor and native Chinese speaker, and Dr. Dorothy Smith, dean of general education, all accompanied Dr. Dawson-Smith on the trip. As a result of their efforts, the new administration of CUC agreed to reestablish the institutional memorandum of understanding.

The Dillard administrators also traveled to Guangzhou and Shanghai, China to recruit students, examine global studies practices, and study student engagement practices.

OISSAP is currently working on a memorandum of understanding with CUC. They hope to have an exchange program in place – wherein students majoring in mass communications will have the opportunity to travel to China – by summer or fall of 2012.

(Pictured: Dr. Dawson-Smith meets with a student at a recruiting event in China.)

 
Lower Ninth Ward Community Wellness Consortium to Release Strategic Plan PDF Print E-mail
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The Lower Ninth Ward Community Wellness Consortium will release its Strategic Plan for Community Wellness at an open meeting at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7 at the Caffin Avenue International Seventh Day Adventist Church in the Lower Ninth Ward. Dr. John Ruffin, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health, will attend the meeting to discuss the plan with community members and representatives from institutions that developed the plan. Dillard University was instrumental in the formation of the consortium.

The Strategic Plan for Community Wellness contains specific action pathways and recommendations regarding health and wellness, education and schools, recreation, economic development and jobs, housing, the environment, and community infrastructure in the Lower Ninth Ward. Representatives from the community have pledged to help make these recommendations a reality by promoting wellness and partnering with non-profits and government agencies.  

Leaders of community organizations, citizens of the Lower Ninth Ward, and representatives from the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (a partnership between Dillard University and the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) met 21 times over a one-year period to develop the plan. The Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham also assisted the effort. Meetings were open to all members of the community. Eighteen organizations came together to form the Lower Ninth Ward Community Wellness Consortium, which will work to implement the plan and its recommendations.

Six years after Hurricane Katrina, the devastation of the Lower Ninth Ward remains evident in the community’s physical environment and the psyche of its residents. "Despite the prolonged trauma and the disproportional impact to this vulnerable population, the community is resilient in its efforts to rebuild and persistent in its pursuit of justice and equity in the rebuilding process," said Dr. Shelia Webb, who lead the survey research and community focus groups that informed the Strategic Plan for Community Wellness.   

To learn more about the Lower Ninth Ward Community Wellness Consortium and its Strategic Plan for Community Wellness, please contact Alice Craft-Kerney at (504) 259-8279.

 
Dillard Hosts National Association of Mathematicians for Annual Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Dillard University is hosting the National Association of Mathematicians for Undergraduate MATH-Fest XXI from Nov. 3-5, 2011. The conference, which is being held in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building (rooms 131 and 135), features lectures, panel discussions and student presentations with professors from dozens of colleges and universities from across the country. Click here to view the complete schedule of events.

Dillard University welcomes the National Association of Mathematicians!

 
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