AT&T announced a $300,000 grant to benefit Dillard University’s Pre-Collegiate Emerging Scholars Program on Saturday, Nov. 10, in the DUICEF Building on the Dillard University campus. Emerging Scholars students and their parents attended the presentation.
“We are very excited to receive this support from AT&T,” said Theresa DeGruy, program director. “We look forward to using the funds to help our scholarship efforts for the Pre-Collegiate Emerging Scholars Program. This financial support means more of our students will be able to attend college and pursue their dreams.”
“A surefire way to ensure future growth and prosperity for the New Orleans region is to focus on educating today’s students,” said Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, New Orleans City Council member. “I am proud to support efforts that work toward keeping our students in school and preparing them for both higher education and future careers.”
“It is an honor to support Dillard University and the work they are doing to help stem the high school dropout crisis in our country,” said Sonia Perez, president, AT&T Louisiana. “By educating today’s youth and helping them prepare for the future, we can ensure the future workforce of our company and our country will be stocked with qualified employees who have the 21st century skills that American businesses need to remain competitive in the digital, global economy.”
The Pre-Collegiate Emerging Scholars Program is a free college preparatory program designed to encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds to graduate from high school and enroll in college. Students can begin the program in eighth, ninth or 10th grade. They receive tutoring in reading, writing, math and science, as well as one-on-one mentoring. Students are encouraged to remain in the program throughout high school; they are taken on college tours and given assistance with the college admissions process, including ACT/SAT prep and help applying for financial aid. Students who complete the program and matriculate at Dillard receive a scholarship. The program meets every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and parents participate in the first hour.
Dillard's Mass Comm Creates News Broadcast
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With a highly advanced newsroom and film editing facilities for higher education, Dillard University's mass communication program is making good use of its equipment.
Dillard’s mass communication students launched their first newscast this week. The 37 minute broadcast is anchored by graduating senior Kellie Brown and Toi Thornton who is a junior. The first segment consist of stories on the 2012 presidential election, the Marguerite Washington shooting, the nursing school’s 70th anniversary, the voting dilemma of the Crescent City Connection Tolls, campus construction and more. There is a special segment by Dillard’s president, Dr. Walter Kimbrough who talked candidly about his future plans for the university. And no newscast is complete without sports and entertainment news. Students, faculty and staff can find out the latest on cross country and women’s volleyball. Reporter Kandice LeBeauf who is a junior does a feature on the HBO Treme Series with interviews from local actor Wendell Pierce, jazz legend Kermit Ruffin and jazz violinist Michael Ward.
“Kudos to the mass communication students,” said Janella Newsome, facilitator for Dillard’s newscast. “They worked diligently, in spite of the mental and technical challenges to bring the broadcast to fruition. I am so very proud of them and this opportunity is another element they can add to their resume reels.”
The rebroadcast airs daily on the campus cable channel 4. It’s schedule to air on New Orleans Access Television (Cox Cable) at the following times:
Monday, 9:00 AM, Ch. 99
Monday, 9:00 PM, Ch. 99
Tuesday, 4:30 AM, Ch. 76
Saturday, 4:00 PM, Ch. 76
The Monday times will be fixed, the other times are subject to change.
Locations and times for this year's Nov. 15 Coronation Ceremony will be posted by Nov. 1, 2013. Please check this page then.
Dillard Hosts Cultural Exchange with Mayor, Japanese Delegates
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Dillard University hosted an important exchange ceremony with delegates from Matsue, Japan and the City of New Orleans on Friday, October 19, 2012. The Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, welcomed the group representing higher education and commerce in Matsue, Japan and exchanged gifts of fig trees and okra seeds.
Dillard President Dr. Walter Kimbrough shared how honored Dillard was to be able to assist in the exchange, and remarked about a new program between Dillard and Langston Hughes Academy. Under the direction of Dr. Amy Lesen, Dillard and Langston Hughes runs a program which grows plants and seedlings in the DU greenhouse.
District D council member Cynthia Hedge-Morrell and Edible Schoolyard Executive Director, Claudia Barker were also present to share in their appreciation of the exchange and the importance of this program.
Matsue, Japan is an official sister city of New Orleans. Find more information about the exchange here.
2012 Ortique Lecture Features Author, Activist Michelle Alexander
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Every year, Dillard University honors one of its most revered alumni, Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr., with the Ortique Lecture on Law and Society. This year, the Office of the President will host best-selling author and civil rights activist Michelle Alexander. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.
Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar who currently holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the Kirwan Institute, Professor Alexander was an associate professor of law at Stanford Law School, where she directed the Civil Rights Clinics.
The author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010), Alexander will discuss the timely topic of mass incarceration and the African-American community. Her book challenges the conventional wisdom that with the election of Barack Obama as president, our nation has “triumphed over race.” Jim Crow laws were wiped off the books decades ago, but today an astounding percentage of the African-American community is warehoused in prisons or trapped in a permanent, second-class status, much like their grandparents before them who lived under an explicit system of racial control. Alexander argues that the sudden and dramatic mass incarceration of African-American men, primarily through the War on Drugs, has created a new racial under caste – a group of people defined largely by race that is subject to legalized discrimination, scorn, and social exclusion.
The old forms of discrimination – discrimination in employment, housing, education, and public benefits; denial of the right to vote; and exclusion from jury service – are suddenly legal once you’re labeled a felon. She challenges the civil rights community, and all of us, to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.
The state of Louisiana now has one of the largest privatized correctional facility programs in the country. Mass incarceration is a topic Dillard University has visited before. Earlier this year, from March 20-22, Dillard hosted Crime and Punishment: African-Americans in a “Post-Racial” (?) United States, a symposium designed to explore problems of crime and incarceration in the U.S. today, their outsized impact on the black community, and the dubious concept of our society as “post-racial.” Criminal justice in New Orleans was also addressed throughout three days of seminars and panel discussions. Professor Alan Colon hosted the event along with professor Carroll Wiltz.
Dillard University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran/Reserve/National Guard status and prohibits such discrimination by its students, faculty and staff. Students, faculty and staff are assured of participation in University programs and use of facilities without such discrimination.