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Dillard to Host "New Orleans in the 21st Century" Event PDF Print E-mail
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Andrew Young HeadshotThree of New Orleans’ native sons will discuss strategies for economic growth in the city when Dillard University hosts “New Orleans in the 21st Century: Lessons from the Making of Modern Atlanta” on March 12. The program, which will be held in the Georges Auditorium of Dillard’s Professional Schools Building, will include a reception at 5 p.m. and a panel discussion at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

The panel will feature Andrew Young, the 14th U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and former mayor of Atlanta; New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; and Marc Morial, the president and C.E.O. of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans. Norman Robinson, senior news anchor for WDSU-TV, will moderate.

The participants will examine the lessons learned during Young’s tenure as the mayor of Atlanta and seek to apply them to New Orleans today. Topics will include minority business joint ventures in city contracts; public-sector leverage of private-sector resources to preserve public institutions; and the role of education, sports, transportation and hospitality in creating a cycle of economic growth.

Young attended Dillard for one year and served on the university’s board of trustees.


 
Dillard Senior Organizes Dress Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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sweaterFor Dillard senior Jakarah Porter, dressing for success is an important part of being a student. Taking pride in her university is also important, which is why the Student Government Association president has organized a sweater campaign at Fair Dillard. For $25, students can order a cardigan as well as a Dillard patch to be sewn onto the sweater. Though it may seem inconsequential, for Porter it is symbolic of the attitudes of the student body and a way to unify the community.

"I want students here to take ownership of Dillard and have pride in their institution," says Porter. The future law school student wants all students to be ambassadors of Dillard everywhere they go, not just on campus. By wearing the sweaters around town, students will be recognized as Dillard attendees and spread a message of pride. "The time to do this is now," says Porter. "People don't always recognize the gift of their institution until it's all over. I don't want that to happen for us," she adds.

The Student Government Asoociation is co-­‐sponsoring the initiative with the Office of Recruitment, Admissions and Programming. Several staff and students have ordered the cardigan already and Porter hopes to reach a minimum of 150 orders. Payment for the sweaters can be made at the cashier's office and turn around time is usually within five business days.

For more information on how to order a sweater, contact Jakarah Porter through the SGA office at (504) 816-4103.


 
Politics of Gun Control Lecture at Dillard PDF Print E-mail
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The Department of Social Sciences of Dillard University & The Political Science Program of Dillard University presented a special lecture, The Social Science Colloquium Series No. 2 on the Politics of Gun Control and its Impact on Civil Rights and Democracy in America on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Held in DUICEF, the standing-room only event featured several professors from the social sciences and political sciences departments. Political Science professor Dr. Nchor Okorn presided over the lecture, with Dr. Lana Chambliss acting as commentator. 

Statistics on gun ownership, questions regarding current social contracts and contemplation on how gun control affects the Dillard community were all discussed at the lecture. Students were asked to think about how they would respond to gun violence and how gun control would, if at all, factor into their future career choices.


 
Black History Month - Pioneering Women PDF Print E-mail
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Thompson ElloieIn honor of Black History Month, Dillard University is spotlighting notable alumni who have made contributions to their communities and to African-American culture. Our current two subjects have made great strides in the rights for women and for African-Americans in higher education. Dillard alumnae Dr. Barbara Thompson and Ms. Pearlie Elloie were trailblazers in the 1960s. Both women were part of a lawsuit to force Tulane University to open its doors to African American students. Though neither of these women set out to become civil rights advocates, the need to further their educations led them to look to Tulane and legally force them to accept them as students in the 1960s, a time when the university was for whites only. The women were honored for their efforts in a special ceremony held at Dillard University during the MLK Week of Peace in January, 2013 and will be honored by Tulane University on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. 

Pearlie H. Elloie Director, Office for Children, Youth and Families, Total Community Action, Inc.

 Pearlie H. Elloie is the director of the Office for Children, Youth and Families at Total Community Action, Inc., where she has worked since 1965. She directs, administers and coordinates all child development, family development, and education related programs operated by and for the agency, including Head Start and Early Head Start. A native of Houston and a graduate of Dillard University, she had dedicated her life’s work to nurturing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and cultural development of young people. She has worked to inform policymakers of the value of quality early education and its role in preparing children for success. Elloie coordinated the first collaborative childcare effort in the city of New Orleans, Community Coordinated Child Care. She was a founding member and later president of the New Orleans Council for Young Children, a founding member of the Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation, and a charter member of the Southern University board of supervisors from 1975 to 1994. From September 2006 to December 2009, she served as acting executive director of Total Community Action, Inc. Elloie’spioneering spirit was most evident in the suit she and Barbara Guillory filed against Tulane University’s board of trustees to admit African Americans to the school. In 1965, she became the first African American to complete the two-year graduate program in social work at the Tulane University School of Social Work. In 1997, she earned a master’s in quality management from the Loyola University School of Business. Her many awards include the YWCA’s award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Women and Children, and the Tulane University School of Social Work’s Instrument of Change award. She has one son, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is a member of Christian Unity Baptist Church.

Dr. Barbara Guillory Thompson Retired Chair, Division of Social Sciences, Dillard University

Dr. Barbara Guillory Thompson served Dillard University in many capacities for 42 years. She retired from the university as chair of the Division of Social Sciences, chair of the sociology department, university marshall, and chair of the tenure and promotions committee. Thompson also served as director of institutionalresearch from 1974-1976. She is a native New Orleanian, a product of the public school system, and a cum laude sociology graduate from Dillard’s Class of 1957. She earned an M.A. in sociology from Louisiana State University in 1960. She was the first Black female student to live in the dormitory at LSU. She wrote a thesis on the “Career Patterns of Negro Lawyers in New Orleans.” By 1960 she was ready to challenge another educational barrier, and became a litigant in a class action suit against Tulane University. The court decision made possible the attendance of Black students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She completed the requirements for the Ph.D. degree by writing a dissertation on ”The Black Family: A Case for Change and Survival in White America.” Thompson made a tremendous impact outside the academy by advocating equity for voiceless government workers. The City Council of New Orleans appointed her a member of the New Orleans Civil Service Commission from 1981-1992, and chair of the august body from 1989-1992. She was the first Black, the first woman, and the first non-attorney to be named chair. Thompson was active in numerous professional and learned societies, such as the American Sociological Association and the Southern Sociological Association. She has numerous publications, some written independently and some co-authored with her latehusband Daniel C. Thompson. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, ranging from membership in the Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame, to citations from the governor, mayor, and UNCF. She is currently a board member for Chatham School for Girls, a consultant for Minority Issue with Innovations Consulting, Inc., and a proposal reader for the Department of Education.


 
Walter M Kimbrough Added to TheGrio 100 List PDF Print E-mail
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WMK 2-20122Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University, joins 99 other African American history makers and industry leaders who are being honored during Black History Month by NBC’s theGrio.com. This is the fourth year that NBC’s the Grio.com has recognized African American industry leaders who are making a difference in the lives of others in their communities and beyond.

Honorees are selected from various categories including activism, arts, business, education, health, media, politics, science and technology, pop culture and sports. Kimbrough is the only university president recognized. He joins other nationally known figures such as Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Robin Roberts, co-host of “Good Morning America”; and Michael Strahan, former New York Giants defensive end and co-host of “Live! With Kelly and Michael,” to name a few.

Kimbrough, who is among the youngest college presidents in the nation, is known for his active use of social media to engage and stay connected with students. With just seven months at Dillard’s helm, he has already begun making strides in the New Orleans community and providing thought leadership at Dillard by bringing high-profile speakers to campus such as Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, and Tavis Smiley and Cornel West. Both events drew standing-room only audiences from New Orleans and surrounding communities.

In addition to his latest recognition, Kimbrough has received numerous honors and awards. He recently made the New Orleans Magazine list of the top 25 People to Watch in 2012. And in 2010, he made the coveted Ebony Magazine Power list of the 100 doers and influencers in the African American community, joining the likes of President and Mrs. Obama, Jay-Z, Richard Parsons, Tyler Perry, Debra Lee, Michael Jordan, and Tom Joyner. In 2009, he was named one of “25 To Watch” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

Kimbrough has written widely on the role of fraternities and sororities in education, particularly in the experiences of students of color. His book, Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities, has won popular acclaim and is now in its tenth printing. He has also been recognized for his extensive research and writing on African American men in college. “The Black Male Initiative” he created at Philander Smith College has become a model for similar programs nationwide.


 
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