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Dr. John Ruffin, retired director of the NIMHD to Deliver Keynote Address at Dillard’s Founders’ Day Convocation PDF Print E-mail
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(New Orleans)  - Dr. John Ruffin, founding director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), will deliver the keynote address at Founders’ Day Convocation set for Sunday, October 19 at 3 p.m. in Lawless Memorial Chapel. The University will be celebrating its 145th anniversary. Founders’ Day is designed to acknowledge the founding of the university and its historical benchmarks.

Ruffin, a 1965 Dillard University alumnus, is a well-respected leader and visionary in the field of minority health and health disparities. He has an impressive track record of developing and supporting programs to increase the number of minority scientists, physicians and health care professionals. The hallmark of his career has been his success in institutionalizing minority health and health disparities research within the organizational structure of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The NIMHD has been leading the way in facilitating cross-agency collaboration among federal government agencies and private partnerships and integrating science, policy, practice and community efforts towards eliminating disparities in underserved populations.

Ruffin earned a M.S. in Biology from Atlanta University, a Ph.D. in systematic and developmental biology from Kansas State University and post-doctoral studies in biology at Harvard University.

A ‘Sunday Dinner’ – Bringing back a fading family tradition


Immediately following the convocation, The Ray Charles Program for African American Material Culture will host a ‘Sunday Dinner’ in an effort to celebrate and bring back the tradition of family meals.  The dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Kearny Dining Hall on Dillard’s campus.

The inaugural “Dillard University Sunday Dinner,” is a dining experience to fellowship and thank our most dedicated and valuable Alumni. This event will not only provide a unique dining experience for guests, giving them a tour of traditional New Orleans and Southern cooking from featured New Orleans chefs, but also reawaken the customary practice of Sunday dinner. The menu includes baked potato soup, shrimp & grits, walnut and rum pie and many other delicious options. Featured chefs include Gason Nelson, Christian Green and Dillard Dining Services’ own Joel Williams for a taste of New Orleans and Down Home Southern Cooking.

Founders’ Day Convocation and the Sunday Dinner are open to the public. There is no charge to attend to the convocation; however, inaugural Sunday Dinner is reasonably priced at $10.15 excluding tax for individuals without a Dillard meal plan. For more information go to or call (504) 816-4800.

Dillard to Host Domestic Violence Awareness Events PDF Print E-mail
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Acclaimed Political Activist and Author Kevin Powell

 to hold Workshops Oct. 22-23


NEW ORLEANS, LA – Dillard University will host more than a dozen events on and off campus in recognition of DomesticViolence Awareness during October. Workshops for students will range in topics from “Getting Rid of Negative Talk” to an “Intimate Partner Violence Discussion: Loving Each Other,” and “Learning to Love Yourself: Self-Esteem and Self-Care Tips. ”  Other events include an international perspective on domestic violence to be presented during the Global Citizenship Conference currently underway at the University; a movie showing of “What’s Love Got to Do with It”; a poetry slam; as well as presentations to elementary and middle school children.

On Oct. 22 -23 Kevin Powell, who is well known for his political activism, literary and for his international humanitarian efforts, will lead workshops for male and female students, respectively, on domestic violence. Powell is the author of 11 books and his writings have appeared in The Washington Post,, The Huffington Post, Ebony, Esquire, and Vibe Magazine, to name a few. He is active in the movement to end violence against women and girls

According to the September 2014 report by the Violence Policy Center, Louisiana has one of the highest rates ofdomestic violence in the country. The report ranks Louisiana in the No. 4 spot for homicide among female victims based on the FBI Supplementary Homicide Report data (2012). When race is considered, black females are murdered nearly two and half times higher than white females: 2.46 per 100,000 to 1.0 per 100,000, the report said. In addition, 93 percent of female victims were murdered by someone they knew.

“That’s why it is so important for us to have these workshops and conversations with our students,” said Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer, vice president for student success at Dillard.  “We’re taking the month of October to bring about an awareness ofdomestic violence. We want to help students understand it, recognize the signs, and learn behavior that will prevent them from becoming victims or perpetrators,” she added. 

The month began with a session called “Getting Rid of Negative Talk.” Highlights of the remainder of the month are as follows:

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. – Noon and 12 –1 p.m.
“Intimate Partner Violence Discussion: Loving Each Other,” Kearny Hall
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1 – 1:50 p.m.
“Learning to Love Yourself: Self-Esteem and Self-Care Tips,” Kearny Hall
Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 – 9 p.m.
“Black Love,” Georges Auditorium, Professional Schools Building (PSB)
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Fourth Annual Domestic Violence Workshop, Room 131-135, (PSB)
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 3:30 p.m.
“Manhood: Changing Us, Changing the World” with Kevin Powell, (PSB)
Thursday, Oct. 23, 3:30 p.m.                       
Women’s Workshop with Kevin Powell, (PSB)
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.
“Take Back the Night” Poetry Slam, Will Alexander Library
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7-9 p.m.
“Take Back the Night” City-wide March with Loyola, SUNO, Tulane, and Xavier
Loyola University Campus

For more information and for a full schedule of events go to

Dillard to Partner with St. Augustine High School to Host Black Male Summit Event set for Monday, October 13 in Dent Hall PDF Print E-mail
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(New Orleans)  On Monday, October 13, from 9 to 11 a.m., Dillard University is partnering with St. Augustine High School to host a Black Male Summit in Dent Hall on Dillard’s campus. In view of the recent incidents in Florida, Missouri, New York, and other areas of the country involving law enforcement and black males, the summit will provide an opportunity for officials and students to have face-to-face conversations about the broader issues impacting black male success in New Orleans and beyond.

“For the past few years our nation has witnessed high profile tragedies involving Black men, like Trayvon Martin and now, Mike Brown,” said Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard. “Black men have had a complex history with not only law enforcement, but each other. So we hope this forum can be a way to improve these relationships so that we can avoid unarmed Black men from being killed, by anyone,” Kimbrough added.

In addition to Dillard and St. Augustine High School, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is lending support to this initiative by participating as a panelist and as part of NOLA FOR LIFE, a comprehensive strategy to reduce the murder rate in the city.

“Since taking office in 2010, we made changing the culture of violence our top priority,” said Mayor Landrieu. “Through NOLA FOR LIFE, we are implementing a strategy that focuses on prevention and helping young people in our city succeed. We value and recognize the importance of young black males to the future of New Orleans. Chief Harrison and I are committed to improving interactions with the NOPD and providing pathways to prosperity.”

The summit will feature a panel of local officials and experts who will engage in a dialogue with young African American and minority males regarding the challenges and misconceptions that exist among law enforcement, black males, and the community at large.

Panelists include: Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Interim Superintendent of Police Michael Harrison, Criminal Court Judge Benedict Willard, Sheriff Marlin Gusman, and Dr. Robert Collins, professor of Urban Studies at Dillard University.

This event is free and open to the public. Seats are on a first come basis. For more information visit or call 504.816.4800.

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Making a difference in education, human rights and gender equity, they will use their stories and work to inspire others.

 New Orleans, LA--On October 3, 2014, four dynamic speakers making an impact in the fields of education, human rights and gender equity will take residence at Dillard University for the Melton Foundation Springboard Sessions.  Open to the public, the sessions, which will take place at the Georges Auditorium in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building (PSB) on the Dillard University Campus and will provoke action, thought and change around the world’s most challenging problems.

On stage at the 2014 Springboard Sessions: 

Global Leaders bring Expertise to New Orleans…2

Last year’s Springboard Sessions attendees found themselves inspired to take action:

“As with most experiences with the Melton Foundation, the Springboard sessions in Bangalore were especially impressive,” said Lauren Lemonius, a Dillard University Melton Fellow.  “For me, the most relevant takeaway was seeing how the speakers transformed their emotions, ideas, and desires into workable, impactful projects. They demonstrated that strong feelings coupled with the ability to 'do something' about them really do change things.

“The work of others always serves as inspiration as we all take steps and build systems to tackle the global problems that are felt worldwide, no matter where you call home,” said Melton Foundation Executive Director Winthrop Carty. “The Springboard Sessions provide a way for us to not only learn how others have seen a problem and acted but to also connect with the communities surrounding our GCC as we all seek to bring about sustainable change.”

The sessions will begin at 3 p.m. CST in the Georges Auditorium in the Professional Schools and Science Building on the Dillard University Campus, and are open to the public.  Please visit the Melton Foundation website ( to register your attendance by September 28. For additional information or for interview requests, please contact Mona Duffel-Jones at the Dillard University Office of Communications at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (504) 816-4024. Additional testimonials from the five Melton Foundation countries are available on request.

The Melton Foundation is the only global Fellowship program that unites a network of more than 450 Fellows to act as global citizens addressing local and global challenges throughout their lives. The Melton Foundation recruits potential global citizens from five partner campuses in Chile, China, Germany, India and the United States (and expanding to Sub-Saharan Africa in 2014), trains the Fellows and supports them to act as global citizens in their spheres of influence for the rest of their lives.

Dillard to host speakers on genocide, domestic violence as part of Global Citizens Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Dillard University will host four experts in the fields of education, human rights and gender equality on Oct. 3 as part of the Melton Foundation Springboard Series. The sessions, which are open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. inside Dillard's Georges Auditorium in the Professional Schools and Sciences building. The speakers will include Joseph Sebarenzi, the former president of the parliament of Rwanda; Vicky Colbert, the founder of a revolutionary model for rural education in Colombia; Emily May, the founder of Hollaback!, a global movement to end street harassment; and Tony Porter, co-founder of A Call To All Men, an organization that addresses domestic violence against women. The Melton Foundation is a global fellowship program that brings together 450 fellows from around the world to address local and global challenges. The foundation recruits potential fellows from five partner campuses in Chile, China, Germany, India and the U.S., and then trains them to act as "global citizens" in their spheres of influence. For more information, visit the Melton Foundation website.

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