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Dr. Beverly Wright Authors a New Book on Race and Disaster Relief PDF Print E-mail
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9780814799932 Full As the anniversary of hurricane Katrina approached, Dr. Beverly Wright, Director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, released a new book about inequalities for minorities with respect to disaster response. Co-authored with noted environmental justice leader Robert D. Bullard, “The Wrong Complexion for Protection” examines government responses to a range of environmental and health threats to African Americans, including weather-related disasters like hurricanes and droughts.

“One of the most important indicators of one’s health is one’s street address or neighborhood. Where you live affects your health and your chances of leading a flourishing life,” says Bullard.

In the 2011-2012 academic years, Dr. Wright hosted an Environmental Justice event in Georges Auditorium, on the Dillard campus. Experts from across the country shared their expertise on disparities and offered suggestions on making positive changes.

At a conference on Resilient Communities also held at Dillard in June 2012, Dr. Wright spoke about the inequalities of communities after Katrina.

“More government recovery dollars went to white than Black districts in New Orleans after Katrina though Black districts were harder hit,” Wright said. Dr. Wright’s latest book is available through NYU Press.


 
Dillard Hosts National Urban League Event PDF Print E-mail
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UL crowdOn Saturday, July 28, 2012, New Orleans was the host city for the National Urban League (NUL), which hosted its Annual Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) that runs concurrent to the NUL Annual Conference. Part of the YLS events provided the opportunity for students to engage in academic areas of study and career exploration. Many of the youth participants expressed an interest in medical and professional sciences. As a result, NUL’s local affiliate contacted Dr. Mary B. Green, Interim Chair of Nursing about a visit to Dillard’s Nursing Labs.

 Dillard welcomed the YLS nursing faculty (Dr. Mary Green, Ms. Ora Mondy, and Ms. Nettie Gordon), DUPON President (Ms. Patricia Tillman), staff (Mrs. Carmelita Williams), students (Chrishonda Walker, Cantrel Cann, Catina Landry, Monique Woods) and graduates, along with Drs. Dawkins and Rouzan, Mark Raymond, and Mona Duffel-Jones. 60 senior-high school students from 13 states received a warn welcome and some instruction as well. Students were allowed to perform hands-on tasks such as assessing blood pressures and pupillary reactions. In addition, faculty and staff shared information, answered questions, demonstrated how the body functions with simulation mannequins, and generally interacted with the students and their adult chaperones. The NUL’s Senior Director of Health and Quality of Life, Mr. Aaron Thomas, delivered greetings and expressed his sincere appreciation for the partnership.


 
Dillard Hosts the 6th Annual Housing & Home Improvement Festival PDF Print E-mail
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On Saturday, July 28, 2012, Dillard University and the Community Development Corporation presented its 6th annual Housing & Home Improvement Festival. Held in Dent Hall on the Dillard campus, the event had a large variety of vendors, workshops and information sessions for current and future home owners. Over 65 exhibitors from banks, to small business owners shared their skills and knowledge with eager-to-learn attendees.


 
Dillard to Host Housing and Home Improvement Festival PDF Print E-mail
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map new orleansNOTE: The Housing and Home Improvement Festival has been postponed until Saturday, July 28.

On Saturday, July 28, Dillard University's Community Development Corporation will host its annual Housing and Home Improvement Festival in Dent Hall on the Dillard campus. The housing fair will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Admission is free and open to the public.

This is the sixth year of the event which is sponsored by AARP, Capital One Bank, New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Entergy New Orleans, to name a few.

Dozens of exhibitors will provide information on insurance, lending, realtors, contractors, interior design, roofing, gutters, flooring, cabinetry, landscaping and pest control. A workshop series will feature presentations including “Reducing Energy Consumption,” “Creating a Community Garden,” “Do-­‐it-­‐yourself Plumbing,” “Increasing Your Credit Rating,” “Succession and Will Planning,” “Soft Second Mortgage Information,” and more.

“This event gives local residents the opportunity to meet business representatives in a casual setting that provides valuable information about homeownership and offers solid advice on home improvement projects from reliable sources, “ said Nick Harris, assistant vice president for Dillard’s Community Development Corporation.

Attendees can also expect food booths, live music, arts and crafts, and door prizes. Exhibition space for non-­‐profit, community and for-­‐profit organizations is still available. To learn more or to reserve a space, contact Nick Harris at (504) 816-­‐4704 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 
NAACP to Host Building Initiative at Dillard PDF Print E-mail
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NAACP GroupThe NAACP Economic Department and the Environmental and Climate Justice Department will host their "Gulf Financial Capacity Building Initiative" at Dillard University on Saturday, July 21, 2012. The initiative provides economic education and resources to communities of colors financially devastated by the Gulf Oil Drilling Disaster and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike.

The Gulf Financial Capacity Building Initiative will supply local residents with access to hands on financial education expertise through partnering organizations, including the Mississippi Center for Justice, Operation Hope, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Financial Planning Association. The Initiative will also offer holistic credit counseling and guidance on credit rehabilitation, tax liability and filing insurance claims, and money management. . The objective of this Initiative is to reach community members, and explore ways for them to coordinate financial planning and education opportunities within hard to reach populations as well as provide them with resources to address pressing economic struggles.

"The Gulf Financial Capacity Building Initiative is a demonstration of NAACP’s commitment to bringing economic education and resources to communities of color that have been financially devastated as a result of the Gulf Oil Drilling Disaster on top of residual financial struggles resulting from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike” stated Jacqui Patterson, Director of NAACP's Environmental and Climate Justice Department.

To register for the Gulf Financial Capacity Building Initiative or if you have any questions, please contact Lillian Bowie, Director of Economic Research and Strategic Partnerships, NAACP Economic Department at 202-478-6400 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.


 
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