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NEW ORLEANS – Dillard University honored our commitment as host oftonight's Louisiana Senatorial debate. 
Ultimately, and unfortunately, the selection of the next senator from our state became a secondary issue as the focus centered on the University's response to protests on the campus.
At no time did Dillard discourage protests; either by students or members of the community. We shared a dual responsibility of providing a safe space for those protesters and for the orderly management of the event. 
As the time of the debate neared, the protests became less peaceful.  Some members of the crowd attempted to move past Dillard Police and into the debate area. After repeated requests by officers for the crowd to step back and allow the doors to be closed, individuals then began to force their way into the building.  
As a last resort, DUPD made the decision to use pepper spray to stop the advancement of the crowd. After a second attempt to enter the building, officers again utilized pepper spray as a deterrent.  
For the duration of the debate protesters continued to peacefully assemble outside the building. No arrests were made, though three individuals were briefly detained.  
As the protests were proceeding, Dillard Student Government hosted its own Debate Watch Party in the Student Union. Based on observations, there were roughly 50 protesters on hand.  Those numbers were dwarfed by the attendance of the watch party. 
After the conclusion of the debate, a small number of protesters began to block the entryways to the campus. After several requests to disperse, six individuals were arrested for obstructing traffic. One of those six was a Dillard student. They were transported to Central Lockup for booking. 
Dillard University will continue its dialogue with the student body in dealing with the issues brought forth by these events.  While tonight was a great challenge, it is also a great opportunity for our University to grow stronger together. 
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NEW ORLEANS – The Dillard University Division for Student Success in conjunction with the University’s Student Activities Board revealed the theme for Homecoming 2016 today.  This year’s theme is “Unapologetically Bleu,” a reference to Dillard’s colors and an attitude of solidarity and strength between undergraduates and alumni.

“We are excited to see the campus’ reaction to the theme,” said Dr. Demetrius Johnson, Dean of Students.  “It certainly embodies the spirit of what it is to be a Dillard Bleu Devil and it should be something that everyone can relate to and rally around.”

One of the most important aspects of the theme is that it can mean something unique to each member of the Dillard family.

“Each student and each alum has their own experience during their time at Dillard,” added Dr. Johnson. “Everyone comes to Dillard from their own place and brings their own stories.  As they matriculate there is a growth both as an individual and as a part of the larger Dillard history.  Being “Unapologetically Bleu” allows us to revel in both of those aspects.”

Dillard Homecoming 2016 begins this Sunday, Nov. 6, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 13, culminating with the University Homecoming Parade at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, moving throughout the Gentilly area.

“The goal was to have a diverse program of activities throughout the week and I think we’ve accomplished that,” said Tevon Blair, Student Government Association president.  “There should be something for everyone to enjoy and we look forward to a great turnout at these events.”

Below find a complete listing of Homecoming Week events and activities:

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Homecoming Events

Sunday, Nov. 6

Color DU! Powder Paint Party - Students will have a color blast as they paint each other bleu (and lots of other colors.)

2:00 p.m. – Dent Hall parking lot

Sunday Night Live – Featuring VisionQuest Gospel Chorale, Mime Ministry and Liturgical Dance Minisry

6:00 p.m. – Lawless Memorial Chapel

2nd Annual DU Night Lights – Dillard University’s student-led talent show returns for its second year.

9:00 p.m. – Professional Schools and Sciences Building (Georges Auditorium)

Monday, Nov. 7 

The Bleu Center: The First Take – The first official Dillard University Athletics press conference of the winter season.  DU coaches will update the campus on this year’s teams and players.

12:00 p.m. – Dent Hall (facing Kabacoff Plaza)

BLEU OUT 2016 – Students come together for a “spirit boost” as the whole campus wears bleu. There will be opportunities to pick up more Homecoming gear all afternoon.

3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Student Union Patio

Bounce into Shape with S.K.I.R.T.S. – The women of Dillard will lead a fun and active get together that will promote healthy lifestyles for students.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Who’s Got Jokes? Comedy Show – Will “Spank” Horton, a member of Kevin Hart’s Plastic Cup Boyz, will headline the show while DJ XMO provides music.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. - Professional Schools and Sciences Building (Georges Auditorium)

Midnight Breakfast – A special late-night meal for students after the comedy show.

9:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Kearny Dining Hall

Tuesday, Nov. 8

March to the Polls: The Bleu Takeover – Dillard students will rally and then march to the polls as we help select our new local and national leaders.

11:00 a.m. – Starting at Kabacoff Plaza to the Will Alexander Library

The Bleu Connect – A special event designed specifically for Dillard’s off-campus students to come and get involved in the Homecoming festivities.  Snacks and gear will be provided.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A.F.R.O. (Admirable. Fashionable. Respected. Optimistic.) Fashion Show – Black Ivy Couture and Phi Gamma Nu: The Beta Gamma Chapter will display the latest fashions on the plaza.

7:00 p.m. – Kabacoff Plaza

Election Watch Party – After the fashion show, all are invited to go to the Student Union Movie Theater as we watch history unfold with the election of our next President.

8:00 p.m. – Student Union Movie Theater

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Lit University: Homecoming Concert – The annual Dillard Homecoming concert features nation hip-hop recording artist Rich Homie Quan along with some special guests.  DJ Mike Styles runs the turntables. The event is free to all Dillard students with their valid Student ID.  General Admission tickets are $15 each.  There is no presale for this event.

8:00 p.m. (Doors open with the show scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m.) – Dent Hall

Thursday, Nov. 10

Black Market: The New Era – Local vendors will come to campus to sell food, clothes, and crafts.

11:00 a.m. – Kabacoff Plaza

Bleu Battlefield Basketball Game

5:00 p.m. – Dent Hall

Official DJ Battle: DJ Snipe vs. DJ Mizzle – The two DJs will battle for supremacy to be named the “King of the 1s and 2s.”

10:00 p.m. – Dillard Tennis Courts

Friday, Nov. 11

Flash Back Friday – An “Old School” music party featuring DJ Wizzard Kelly

3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Kabacoff Plaza

Alpha Probate Showcase – The Beta Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., will celebrate their Dillard University founding with a performance by their newest members.  Tickets will be available for purchase at the door; $5 for Dillard Students with a valid ID, $10 for general admission.  Dillard Greeks will be admitted free of charge.

6:00 p.m. (Doors open; show to begin at 7:00 p.m.) – Dent Hall

The Aftermath Party – After the show it’s the after party…featuring DJ Snipe, DJ Mizzle, and DJ XMO.

10:30 p.m. – Dent Hall

Saturday, Nov. 12

Dillard Homecoming Parade – The Dillard University official Homecoming Parade will proceed through the Gentilly neighborhood; featuring the Dillard Royal Court, student groups, faculty and staff, local officials and high school bands from throughout the city.

10:00 a.m. – Gentilly (Starting on Gentilly Blvd., down Elysian Fields, turning left onto Fillmore Ave., left on St. Anthony Ave., and ending back at the Dillard campus)

OakFest – The official after party for the Homecoming Parade.  There will be food, games, bull rides, activities and more. Open to the public.

12:00 p.m. (following parade) – Kabacoff Plaza

Homecoming Basketball Doubleheader – Come out and enjoy the first men’s and women’s hoops doubleheader of the season.  Dillard students are admitted for free with a valid Student ID with General Admission seating available for $5. Both games played at The Battlefield at Dent Hall.

3:00 p.m. – Dillard Lady Bleu Devils vs. University of St. Thomas

5:00 p.m. – Bleu Devils vs. Texas Wesleyan University

Sunday, Nov. 13

Mister Dillard and Miss Dillard Social: “The Jazzy Jeans Affair”– A Dillard tradition; come and meet with the 2016-17 Dillard Royal Court as they host a jazzy kick back for the entire campus.

11:30 a.m. – Kabacoff Plaza

Sunday Worship – We close the week with a moment of reflection and praise.

6:00 p.m. – Lawless Memorial Chapel

For more information on homecoming, please call the Office of Student Affairs at 504-816-4685.

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NEW ORLEANS– Dillard University will hold an Open House on Saturday, November 12, featuring a tour of Dillard’s historic Gentilly campus, financial aid information, an introduction to academic programs, and guidance through the admissions process.

The Open House begins with a 9:00 a.m. check-in at the Professional Schools and Sciences Building.  It is free and open to all high school students.

“Open House is a unique opportunity for students and families interested in Dillard to come and see what we have to offer, meet with members of our faculty and staff, and ask questions.” said Monica White, Director for Recruitment, Admissions and Programming.  “Whether someone is on the verge of making a decision on where they will enroll next fall, or if they are just starting to gather information, Open House is a great way to explore the University in a fun and informative setting.” 

Attendees will also watch the Dillard Homecoming Parade and tailgate prior to a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader in Dent Hall.

For more information please call the Office of Admissions at 504-816-4670 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Students can also register by visiting

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October 13, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – Toya Wright, author of the New York Times bestseller Priceless Inspirations and her recently released memoir In My Own Words…My Real Reality, will speak at 4:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, in Georges Auditorium in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building at Dillard University.

Wright, a New Orleans native, will discuss her wide-ranging career, which has taken her from reality television, to fashion, to becoming a successful author, in the next installment of Brain Food: The Dillard University President’s Lecture Series.

The event is free and open to the public.  A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the lecture.

A Brief History of the Dillard Presidential Lecture Series

Beginning with the University’s first official president, William Stuart Nelson in the 1930s, public intellectual discourse has been a part of Dillard’s heritage. In the 1950s, Albert Dent organized the Edwin R. Embree Memorial Lecture Series whose guests included Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, Mary McLeod Bethune, Martin Luther King Jr., and Jackie Robinson. Subsequently, Dillard presidents have assembled lectures that reflected their sensibilities. During Samuel DuBois Cook’s tenure, he established a lyceum series and built a fine arts center to provide a new venue for lectures, theater and music. Walter M. Kimbrough launched Brain Food in 2013, and has continued the tradition with speakers such as Michael Eric Dyson, Misty Copeland, Benjamin Crump and Michael Steele.  

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NEW ORLEANSDillard University will celebrate its annual Founders’ Day Convocation at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23 in the Lawless Memorial Chapel.  This year marks the 147th anniversary of the University.

Dillard University traces its roots back to the formation of Straight University and New Orleans University in 1869.  Those two institutions merged in 1935 to form what is now Dillard.  The University is named in honor of James Hardy Dillard, a distinguished academician who dedicated his life to the education of African Americans.

Founders’ Day has become a staple of Dillard tradition, representing an opportunity for the University to look back on those that have shaped the institution while also serving as the first formal event of the year to acknowledge the graduating class of 2017.

Terese Badon

“Founders’ Day is particularly important at Dillard because of just how far we’ve come and the challenges we’ve conquered,” said Dr. Yolanda W. Page, vice president for Academic Affairs.  “This is a reminder to our students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the enduring spirit of Dillard University and our commitment to preserving our heritage while building upon it.”

The keynote speaker will be Dillard alumna Therese Badon, ’87, Vice President for Development for United Negro College Fund (UNCF) New Orleans.

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