Stories from the Oaks

Asia Richardson ‘24 Talks COVID-19 Grief After Seven Family Members Were Infected With the Coronavirus

Asia Richardson

Asia Richardson, Photo: Sabree Hill, University Photographer

By Lauren R.D. Fox,

Generation Z is described as the most innovative yet nuanced generation. Born in the age of terrorism, climate change and economic crisis, Generation Z is restructuring outdated traditions and structures that have had a hold on society for far too long. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has now added to how this generation will respond to grief and its seven stages. In an interview with Dillard University's Office of Communications and Marketing, freshman Asia Richardson shared how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected her family and community in Baldwin, Louisiana (St. Mary’s Parish). 

In March 2020, high school senior Asia Richardson looked forward to picking a prom dress with the hairstyle and nails to match. She, along with her peers, was also excited to go on their senior trip. However, those plans came to a halt when the United States government issued a stay-at-home order to lower the infection rate of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the mandated quarantine came virtual schooling, which Richardson says was and still is hard at times. 

“To be honest, it has been challenging,” Richardson shared over Zoom. “Growing up, I’ve always been in a classroom. I’ve never had to do Zoom or virtual meetings. Sometimes going on Zoom is kind of weird, and it doesn’t have my attention. But I’m getting used to it.” Like most people, the 18-year-old believed that she and her friends would be out of school for only a couple of days but, days turned into weeks as the pandemic continued to swell around the world. “It turned into our whole senior year being taken away from us,” Richardson said. “Initially, Baldwin had very few cases but, over time [the number of people getting infected] grew.” Luckily, Richardson’s high school created a senior week where graduates could socially distance themselves and not put each other or their families at risk. Although there was no prom, Richardson’s high school launched a donation campaign for graduating seniors attending college in the fall. Named “Adopt-A-Senior,” Baldwin residents and businesses donated monetary funds and care packages for the students.  

While Richardson said it was easy to pivot how she learned and engaged with friends, her family became financially and emotionally impacted by the pandemic. As the infection rate began to skyrocket in St.Mary's Parish, her mother was furloughed from her job several times. Faced with a hard decision, the freshman’s mother decided to look for a more stable career when her work schedule began to fluctuate due to the highs and lows of COVID-19 rates, restrictions, and inconsistent pay. To make matters worse, Richardson’s mother, three aunts, uncle and grandmothers became infected with viral respiratory disease. Unfortunately, her uncle passed away from the coronavirus and her maternal grandmother is now a COVID-19 long-hauler. 

  • Asia Richardson looking at photos of her uncle and grandmother who passed away from the coronavirus. Note: Her grandmother is wearing a black shirt in the photo on the right-hand side.
  • Asia Richardson in her dorm room.
  • Asia Richardson with family photos.

Despite surviving the disease, Harvard Health Publishing states that long-haulers are people who have not fully recovered from COVID-19, “weeks or even months after first experiencing symptoms.” Some people experience continuous symptoms, while others feel better for weeks, then relapse with old or new symptoms. After surviving COVID, Richardson’s grandmother now has to have dialysis and goes to the doctor five times a week. She also had to make dietary changes because her underlying conditions have exacerbated after the coronavirus illness. While many define the new normal as the way we socialize, work and learn, for some, it is also a time for them to adjust to health issues or bodily reactions. Once infected with the virus, Richarson’s uncle declined fast and there was nothing doctors could do. Her uncle was the pastor of their church, so his death affected the church family as well. “He was in his early fifties and was in good health. We didn’t get a chance to say goodbye.” 

“My mother still has trouble breathing after surviving COVID. She also has the occasional low-grade fever,” Richardson disclosed. Post-infection, her mother had a dry cough, nausea and headaches. “When my mother had the illness, she had severe headaches, fatigues and body aches.” Richardson's mother also suffered hair loss, a known after-effect of COVID.

Richardson said it was an emotional time of not only grieving her uncle but life as she once knew it to be. She says she doesn’t take grief well and has a tendency to let things build up. However, Richardson realizes that it is okay to process her emotions and cry if she needs to. Her new Dillard friends helped Richardson pull through the exhausting emotions of change, death, and first-year blues of moving away from home. Like locusts, death crept into Richardson’s life again when her paternal grandmother passed away in December 2020. Richardson's grandmother battled a series of ailments, but to her surprise, her grandmother also became infected with COVID. Although she survived COVID, her illnesses became more aggressive and that ultimately led to her passing. 

“We couldn’t visit her and she still got COVID. We knew she was slowly dying, but we don’t know if COVID sped up the process [of her death],” Richardson notes her grandmother became infected with the coronavirus in November, a month before she died. Once she was diagnosed with COVID, she had several seizures and strokes. The United National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health both report that the coronavirus can cause seizures and strokes as well as other neurological symptoms. “People infected with COVID-19 also may experience neurological symptoms [4] and, these neurological manifestations may occur with or without cardiovascular and respiratory symptoms [5,6],” these government establishments report. “Specific neurological symptoms accompanying the COVID-19 infection include loss of smell and taste, muscle weakness and pain, tingling in the hands and feet, vertigo, delirium, ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, and seizures.”

While most would struggle to muster some faith after a tumultuous year, Richardson credits therapy and her strength in God to help her push through when most would have given up. “My mother instilled in me to break generational curses. So me and my sister have gone to therapy before for incidents that made us sad and despondent. Therapy has greatly helped me but in my community people don’t understand that it is okay to speak up about issues that make you depressed. It’s not about people being in your business or judging you. It is about them helping you to be better.” In a recent report from Inside Higher Ed, one-third of college students are seeking therapeutic services during the pandemic. In the media outlet’s findings, “sixty-five percent of the students said the pandemic has led to some mental health challenges, and 61 percent said it hurt their “motivation and focus.” Students have also shared that the pandemic has increased their feelings of isolation which have greatly impacted their academic performance. Students also told Teen Vogue that the pandemic has dampened what they expected their college experience to be. As journalist Rainesford Stauffer eloquently noted, college is not only about academics but the formation of identity and independence. For a rite of passage to be disrupted by a pandemic and at times, death, makes the missed experiences ripe with anguish. 

As a College of Nursing student, Richardson has thrived and applied what she learned in the classroom to dismantle coronavirus misinformation. “I think people, but especially Black people, should be mindful of not acting like something is not what it seems. For example with the vaccines, we hear people say that it is too new and we shouldn’t take it. But if you educate yourself and others on what a vaccine is, you would know that it helps protect you from severe illness.” Richardson says it seems like the pandemic has made people not want to learn about what can protect them or what can make them better. “It’s about your mindset; you have to be open to new ideas and ways that will help protect you in the future.” In the conclusion of our interview RIchardson spoke about how people want to solely believe that natural-base cures and prayers will be the two things that will solely save society during this time. But, she says, you must also credit science. With the two, there is alchemy. “[There are disparities in the healthcare system] but that shouldn’t mean people should lose all trust and not go to the doctor if something is mentally or health-wise wrong.There are more doctors of color during this time who want to help their people.” 


For students seeking therapeutic counseling, please contact Dillard University’s Counseling Services


Other Resources 

Therapy for Black Girls:

Therapy for Black Men:

Black Men Heal:

Psychology Today:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline-Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 


Dillard to hold vaccination events January 11 and 15

Dillard receives $2.5M gift from anonymous donor

Dillard surpasses '21 GivingTuesday goal, raising more than $1.3M

Dillard goes for $1M GivingTuesday goal

Atty. Dante Butler joins Dillard as pre-law director

Center for Racial Justice receives $5M from Kirkland & Ellis

Homecoming parade returns to Gentilly

Jurnee Smollett to speak at Dillard Nov. 2nd

AAG Kristen Clarke to serve as Ortique Lecture speaker

Dillard to dedicate building to Michael and Shaun Jones

Mac Phipps to speak at Dillard for University Convocation

Dillard, Jewish Federation and ADL host discussion to combat racism, antisemitism

Dillard, Deuce McAllister, Omni Group and DePaul Community Health Centers secure PPE donations

HBCU community is urged to support IGNITE HBCU Excellence Act

Harris '77 and McDonald L.H.D. '15 to be inducted into National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame

AD Barnes named Nell Jackson Nike Executive of the Year

Louisiana poet laureate, Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy, to hold inaugural reading

Darwish awarded patent for multi-beam laser invention

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra visits Dillard during “Build Back Better” visit

Center for Racial Justice participates in Black Philanthropy Month panel

Center for Racial Justice receives $1 million grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Jerika Edwards ‘23, Spencer Jones, ‘23 selected as 2021 White House Initiative’s HBCU Scholars

Kimbrough passes leadership baton in '22

Dillard University to cover eligible students’ pandemic debt

Malcolm Gladwell welcomes President Kimbrough to “Revisionist History”

Arlan Hamilton, Earline Butler Sims, ‘71 choose Dillard for mother-daughter scholarship

Dillard to offer new major in health science, criminal justice online, other offerings for Fall 2021

Dillard and LSU Health Shreveport sign MOU to guarantee students medical school interviews

93% of Dillard Pre-Law students accepted to law schools in '21

Dillard to host inaugural Women's Health Conference

Dillard trustee Frank Mason to retire after 25 years, three trustees to be added

Michael Ealy to the class of '21: 'Stay ready so you don't have to get ready'

Dillard receives $1M from the Ray Charles Foundation

Traelon Rodgers named a '21 valedictorian

Victoria Robertson named a '21 valedictorian

Community and Church Relations partners with DePaul Health for free community vaccinations 

Malcolm Gladwell visits Dillard as part of college ranking project

$1.4M U-RISE grant aims to enlarge diverse candidate pool in biomedical, research-focused careers

Michael Ealy to deliver 2021 commencement address

Dillard achieves top rankings with

Dillard to compete in Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Sweet Sixteen

Honors Convocation '21 set for March 23rd and 25th

Dillard names Shaun Lewis director of facilities

Attorney De'Jonique Carter named pre-law advisor

Dillard joins IBM-HBCU Quantum Center

Dillard partners will Legacies of American Slavery Network

Dillard to participate in Deep South Economic Mobility Collaborative

Dillard announces 2021-2022 artist in residence PJ Morton

#weDUthis Wednesday, a call for Dillard brand ambassadors

Women's basketball temporarily pauses all activities until January 19

Rebecca Armstrong-English '04 named Alumni Relations director

Shana Broussard '91 makes history as first Black FEC commissioner

Philanthropist announces $5 million gift to Dillard

Dillard alumna, social work giant Millie M. Charles passes away at 97

Saloy on the state of Black feminism

Psychology senior's research published in journal

Students earn training in reproductive justice advocacy

Community and Church Relations makes PPE donations

Dillard Theatre alumni present Regina Taylor's "VOTE!"

James Beard Foundation appoints Zella Palmer to its leadership committee

Kimbrough, '20 CityBusiness Women of the Year honoree

Baker '21 and Webber '23 win Coca-Cola internships

Center for Racial Justice to debut class on police brutality

Dillard one of the "50 Most Beautiful College Campuses"

Alumna Johnson-Eanes appointed president of CUNY-York College

Senior Smith selected HBCU Competitiveness Scholar

DU alumni featured in #20for20Grads campaign

Dillard places first in National HBCU Stock Market Challenge

Fos, Kellum, LSU Health Sciences professor collaborate for journal article about diabetes and COVID

Divine Nine author, speaker lends Dillard a helping hand

Alumnus Jericho Brown wins 2020 Pulitzer Prize

Hébert, Lesen, Fos named to COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force

President Kimbrough: "We are a resilient community in a resilient city."

Three earn full law school scholarships

Baham joins Johns Hopkins team digitizing records regarding enslaved and free Black people in La.

Computer science student Anne-Marie Boseman participates in racial healing panel

MLK Day: Collins comments on New Orleans' role in Civil Rights Movement

Collins comments on Donald Trump and Republican Party

Dillard joins CEO Roundtable on Cancer's Going for Gold initiative

Alumna X'erona Woods' Kid Millionaire profiled

AD Barnes featured in Sports Illustrated's Elle-vate series

Collins discusses New Orleans mayor's second term

Theatre student Nicoye Banks featured in Breakthrough Magazine

Sherice Campbell '22, Walter Dixson IV '22 among inaugural National Geographic scholarship recipients

Alumna Tasha Monroe sworn in as attorney by role model

Hébert explains risks of long COVID

Alumna Chaunteion Hall empowers underserved youth as newest member of Montrose Grace Place in Houston

State Sen. Gerald Boudreaux presents resolution honoring alumnus Dr. Ernest Kinchen

Collins chats with The Louisiana Weekly about apparent state law violation that have helped city election chief avoid more serious crime

Lady Bleu Devils' basketball team billboards featured on WVUE-TV

Lesen talks hurricanes and vulnerable communities on the "Audacious Water" podcast

Alumnus Percival Kane Jr. named COO of University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center

Collins discusses historic election of Orleans Parish's first female sheriff

Alumnus Desmond Crayton hired as executive director of Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services

Esmail discusses FBI's use of force database possible shutdown with the Black News Channel

A surprising reason keeping students from finishing college: A lack of transportation

Collins comments on campaign ads for and against proposed St. Tammany casino

Kimbrough on HBCU leaders' support of Build Back Better

Alumnus Dr. Claiborne Haughton Jr. seeks to 'expand the circle' during National Disability Employment Awareness Month address

Lewisville, Tex. city councilman, alumnus Brandon Jones, appointed NLC committee vice chair

Kimbrough, part of commission to help build roadmap for colleges on civil dialogue and free expression

Alumnus Dr. Ernest Kinchen Jr. honored for a lifetime of pioneering service

Career center director Toney profiled by BLKPRENEURSHIP Magazine

Alumnus Johnny D. Shelwood inducted into Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame

$5M gift to create civil rights, other internships

Video: "An Evening with Louisiana Poet Laureate Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy"

Kimbrough on small universities building their social media presence

Esmail on the Rittenhouse verdict

AAG Clarke's remarks for the 2021 Ortique Lecture

Kimbrough on the chronic underfunding of HBCUs

UNCF: HBCUs fuel the American middle class

Esmail on thieves targeting copper on homes in the French Quarter

WWL-TV's "You Ought to Know" on Dr. James H. Dillard

Dillard joins Student Freedom Initiative

Collins on pressure on world leaders to accelerate climate action

Kimbrough on Ascension Catholic HS hazing incident

Evergreen Park Community HS alumni spotlight on Joe Prisco

Recording Academy donates to Dillard, other HBCUs

Esmail on what to look out for when a thief smashes your car window

AD Barnes featured in "Women in Sports Leadership"

HBCUs continue to get new patents, though disparities remain

Collins on expected early voter turnout increase

Collins on proposed La. constitutional amendments

Remembering New Orleans music legend, Dillard alumnus Harold Battiste Jr.

Kimbrough on $2B House proposal for HBCUs, MSIs: “It’s nonsensical.”

Palmer provides thoughts on Black chefs not getting their due in New Orleans

Saloy appears on the La. Conference of the United Methodist Church's "Louisiana NOW" podcast

Fact Check-Biden’s ambitious HBCU funding proposal challenged in Congress

Collins comments on city councilperson's DWI

Kimbrough comments on decades of underfunding Tennessee State University

Legacy of American Slavery lecture: Experts call for a more equitable tourism sector

Collins comments on Biden's slumping approval rating

Kimbrough sets the record straight on Biden administration and HBCUs, says Congress needs to increase funding

Broady comments on challenges of job seekers with criminal records amid labor shortages

Late Dillard professor Lawrence Reddick and the communal acts of Black history

Kimbrough on Biden's bill for HBCUs

Biden’s HBCU funding proposal falls from $45B to $2B

More than 20 HBCUs using federal CARES Act funding to erase students’ debt

Marissa Pittman '24 to co-host National Civil Rights Museum's virtual Student Forum

Esmail discusses racial issues behind cases of missing people of color

Collins visits "The Edge" to explain WHO's new air quality guidelines

Collins: Entergy New Orleans had "rare modernize its grid"

Alumna Rev. Linda Joseph honored by St. Mark United Methodist Church

Collins discusses the need for sensitivity training among FBI employees to deal with abuse cases

Kimbrough, alumna Ruth Simmons participate in Bloomberg panel on HBCUs

HBCUs slam restricted gifts that dominate

Sacramento Magazine profile on alumna, designer Lynnise Davis

Dillard's Chef Dennis Dunn, an example of adapting and innovating in the dining hall

Poems by Mona Lisa Saloy

Kyla Mayo '24 Organic & Natural Health Fund scholarship awardee

Bloomberg Live and UNCF collaborate to shine a spotlight on funding barriers at HBCUs via “HBCUs: The Path to Prosperity”

Alumnus Robertson named new CAO of Phoebe Physicians

Collins discusses how scholars study disasters on WWNO's "Louisiana Considered"

Becerra visit: White House health officials work to reduce COVID-19 spread in New Orleans

Broadway talks about how teaching became her passion in academia

Louisiana’s new poet laureate Mona Lisa Saloy is New Orleans, through and through

Kimbrough named a Georgia State University distinguished alumnus

Collins explains plight of security guard who did not evacuate for Hurricane Ida

Broady talks high unemployment among Black workers

Collins comments on state nursing school controversy

Student Derrick Webb talks about his research “Past, Present, and Future: The Historical Continuity of Medical Racism and COVID-19 vaccination within the Alabama Black Community”

How college students in the Gulf South feel about returning to campus

VP Barnes participates in Black Philanthropy Month panel focusing on Black men and boys

Social media coordinator Pierre participates in social media strategy roundtable discussion

Alumna Kalenda Eaton named director of Oklahoma research for the Black Homesteader Project of the National Park Service

Alumnus Marvis Kilgore talks Black men in teaching

AD Barnes talks athletics, student success on "In the Margins" podcast

Kimbrough talks HBCU leadership on "In the Margins" podcast

Alumnus Alfred Walker, Operawire's Artist of the Week

HBCUs erasing student debt with federal funds brings hope for students and schools

Trailblazing AD aims to develop diverse pipeline of talent

Alumna Nicole Tinson on uptick in HBCU job recruitment

The Advocate: Dillard president Kimbrough is leaving a lasting legacy with great promise ahead

Alumna Nicole Thomas named Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville president

AD Barnes' So You Want a Career in Athletics Sports Leadership Academy featured in Minnesota Spokesman Recorder

Denzel Washington's 2015 Dillard commencement address ranked second of 10 most watched of all time

Biology major Kyla Mayo talks about computational brain science summer program at Brown

Kimbrough discusses HBCU leadership on "In the Margins" podcast

Palmer chats with Thrillist about the "vibrant and complex history of Black oyster culture"

U.S. Rep Mike Rogers honors alumnus, Retiring Commander of Anniston Army Depot Colonel Marvin Walker

DU Dining's Chef Dennis Dunn welcomes the year with flavor

Lesen discusses New Orleans' suffering from the worst heat island effect in the U.S.

DU Dining's Chef Dennis Dunn proves New Orleans cuisine can be plant-forward

Novartis pledges 10-year commitment to Dillard, other HBCUs to co-create measurements for health equity

Palmer talks African Americans' cultural impact on New Orleans on "British Suits and Cowboy Boots"

Darwish featured as part of the talent and diversity of HBCU faculty

Six months later, MacKenzie Scott’s gifts are already making an impact

Thirteen Bleu Devils recognized as 2021 Arthur Ashe Jr. sports scholars

Despite challenges, HBCUs are drivers of upward mobility

Collins on qualifying for New Orleans political races

AD Barnes on NCAA's NIL policy: "They're kind of behind."

Alumna Whittenburg joins NCBFAA's National Education Institute as associate director

Kimbrough discusses free community college's potential effects on HBCUs with Diverse Issues

Collins discusses charges against Trump organization with A News

Alumna Jolla on founding Hype Academy

Malcolm Gladwell chats with The New York Times, mentions why Dillard is featured on new season of podcast

Alumnus Torray Johnson appointed assistant principal of Beverly Hills HS

Collins on La. Republicans' potential veto override session

Collins discusses Biden infrastructure deal with WVUE-TV

Enrollment management VP Page explores under resourced schools' needs with National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Profile on alumna Sheila Tlou, Africa's "shining star"

Collins discusses importance of named storms with AccuWeather

Kimbrough shares COVID lessons learned with Forbes

A.D. Barnes voted GCAC Athletics Director of the Year

Alumnus Rudy Garza one of wrestling's rising stars

Baham discusses Juneteenth with WGNO-TV

Dillard among HBCUs to benefit from $1M tech center grant

Alumnus Herman Williams reflects on high school basketball coaching career

Esmail comments on controversial La. textbook

Collins discusses La. "tax swap" legislation with WVUE-TV

Alumnus Dr. Samuel Odoms appointed Dryades YMCA interim CEO

Three Dillard alumni/students selected for GNO, Inc. internship program

Profile on Dillard alumna, geoscientist Rhonika Kaplan

Esmail on the state of police reform

Dillard's men's 4x100 relay team grabs NAIA national championship

Alumna Sheila Tlou named chancellor of Botswana Open University

Straight, Dillard alumni and leaders among New Orleans public school renaming candidates

Student awarded a Wiley Stay the Course grant

Esmail on continued need for police reforms on anniversary of George Floyd's death

Alumna Dr. Ocpivia Stafford named president of Methodist South Hospital

Alumna Rev. Dr. Denise Smartt Sears first Black woman appointed director of connectional ministries of UMC's New York Annual Conference

Assistant AD Joe Prisco on best and worst cities for basketball fans

Alumnus Traelon Rodgers among inaugural cohort of NAACP's Marshall-Motley scholars

Mental Wellness Wednesday with alumna Michelle Bucknor

Photos of Dillard's commencement from The Times-Picayune/The Advocate

Alumna Bree Jenkins among 'Ten Black Matchmakers & Dating Coaches You Should Know About'

Dillard Dining among Sodexo services to support students during finals

Kimbrough to The Atlantic on Biden's HBCU funding: “I can’t think of anything that compares to this historically.”

Kimbrough discusses Biden's 'historic' HBCU funding

Esmail discusses juvenile repeat offenders with WWL-TV

Community and church relations director Harris talks to WWNO-FM about supporting vaccination efforts

Amid Biden's Pell Grant proposal, VP Page discusses importance of program with WVUE-TV

Collins discusses Biden's immigration policy with Turkey's A News

Esmail discusses carjacking increase with WWL-TV

Dillard's 'Tales of Wakanda' Afrofuturism event noted by Tennessee's Chapter16

Three Dillard commencement speakers among Yahoo!'s 60 most inspiring graduation quotes

With most of Dillard's community vaccinated, Kimbrough urges more to receive vaccines

Brisbon on how faith-based education drives the legacy of HBCUs

Condoll comments on Jim Crow era effects in modern era

Esmail discusses the effect of the Chauvin trial on police recruiting

Collins visits Turkey's A News to discuss the importance of the Climate Change Summit

Esmail weighs in Derek Chauvin trial verdict

Alumna Eric Randolph 'comfortable being uncomfortable' as Hahnville HS boys' basketball assistant coach

Lesen on health racism

Kimbrough chats with WWL-TV about vaccine hesitancy

Esmail comments on increase in car jackings

Bullard named to Florida Atlantic University Alumni Association executive board

Saloy among Louisiana poets celebrating National Poetry Month

Alumna Jer’Lisa Devezin named Dallas art fellow

Dillard "LEADs" to LSAT success

Saloy's “Erase Tyranny of Today” featured by the Historic New Orleans Collection

Lesen among scholars to support saving Pointe-aux-Chênes Elementary School

Collins discusses Operation Provide Comfort with Turkey's A News

Dillard Theatre interns get to work with JPAS on 'Tenors'

Esmail examines how Chauvin trial could change police use of force policies

Ruth Simmons to speak at Princeton University commencement

Gary Clark discusses DA Jason Williams' endorsement of Troy Carter

Collins talks federal infrastructure plan with WWL-TV

Collins discusses Biden's attempt to work with Republicans

History-making alumni Gloria Banks, Pearlie Elloie to be honored in 'Trailblazers' painting with Marilyn Piper

Condoll discusses tighter gun laws with WWL-TV

Alumna Briana and sister Erica's business profiled by The Times-Picayune/The Advocate

University, JPAS agree to three-year partnership

Karsten Patrick among students to earn NASCAR Wendell Scott Sr. Scholarship

Profile on Ruth Simmons' success at Prairie View

Board Chair Jones leads Maryland HBCU lawsuit to final stages

AD Barnes discusses career and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association membership

History professor Baham among historians to explore renaming some of New Orleans' public schools

Alumnus Daigle tapped to be medical director in Chicago

Alumna Stacey Holman: “Know where you end, when someone begins”

Gary Clark talks super PAC backing Karen Carter Peterson

President Kimbrough shares "weekly wisdom" with Inside Higher Ed

President Kimbrough talks college hazing on the Scott Sands Show

Dillard Business announced as one of's best business management programs

Psychology program coordinator Dr. Sean Gibbs serves as panelist on mental health with Jefferson Performing Arts Society

Art professor Bernstein profiled as co-house of in-house coronavirus talk show

Enrollment management VP Page named to NACAC commission to reform college admissions

Student engagement and leadership director Courtney Williams earns one of Gambit's Frontline People Awards 

Gary Clark on Second Congressional District race

Alumna Quibulah “Quib” Graham named Orlando Health's director of diversity and minority business development

Profile on alumnus Edward Agyekum Kufuor

Big Easy Magazine: Louisiana’s HBCUs Have a Lasting Impact

Alumna Ruth Simmons to deliver principal address at Harvard

Alumna Sylvia Taylor continues impact on local community with new business

Dillard part of Sodexo's $1M scholarship program

Board of Trustees chair, alumnus Michael D. Jones' historic HBCU settlement

Collins on Republicans and Cassidy censure

Collins discusses Trump acquittal on Turkey's A News

The importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Sheen Magazine profiles alumna Meme Kelly

Alumna Samella Lewis awarded College Art Association's highest honor

Alumna Dr. Jessica Harris named SIUE's first vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion

Dr. Kristen Broady presents at Hamilton Project's "Rethinking Workforce Development"

VP Barnes visits the "RAISE Podcast" to talk about his career in advancement and his work at Dillard 

President Kimbrough appears on "The Tammi Mac Late Show" on Fox Soul to talk HBCUs

Esmail discusses increase in crimes happening in broad daylight with WVUE-TV

AD Barnes announces sports leadership academic for teen girls

Alumna, Judge Sheva Sims, to serve on the Louisiana Commission on Justice System Funding

Palmer visits "Tina on Tech" podcast to discuss Black history

President Kimbrough chats with Black Enterprise about HBCUs' legacy, culture and weathering the pandemic

Collins weighs in on impeachment process with WVUE-TV

Dillard, one of nine institutions across the nation included in Black small business assistance program

Collins discusses new local police records management system with The Lens

President Kimbrough among 13 college presidents honored by AAC&U and Cengage

Spencer Jones '23 discusses being inspired, as an HBCU student, by Kamala Harris with WDSU-TV

Collins discusses Trump supporters' reactions to Biden inauguration

Event celebrating Black White House culinary professionals to benefit Ray Charles program

Baham weighs in on WVUE-TV about historic nature of Kamala Harris' inauguration

VP Page expresses thoughts, excitement about Kamala Harris on WWL-TV inauguration day

Esmail discusses heightened security at presidential inauguration

Center for Racial Justice director discusses the state of Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream with WWL-TV

Condoll discusses rifts in Republican Party

Baham participates in Jefferson Performing Arts Society panel discussion about Paul Robeson

Chief Medical Officer Hébert to participate in panel discussion about vaccines and the Black community

Business Insider profiles alumna Broussard and historic accomplishment

Coraniquejuanae Jackson '23 featured in hometown L'Observateur

Collins provides insight about Capitol Building takeover

Collins on recorded Trump phone call to overturn Georgia's certified election results 

Collins comments on electoral college vote

Alumna Kelly Nash among "1,000 inspiring Black scientists in America"

Alumnus G. Larry Lawrence appointed to ProPetro Board of Directors

Palmer discusses local chefs' struggles with Washington Post

Collins comments on Trump's refusal to accept Electoral College presidential results

Dillard among local HBCUs receiving support from pro athletes

President Kimbrough talks "all things HBCUs" on Bakari Sellers' podcast

HBCU Digest: "Dillard Breaks Giving Tuesday Fundraising Record"

Cador '21 reflects on fall 2020 with WWNO-FM

Kaylan Tanner named one of Seventeen's 2020 Voices of the Year

Several proposed New Orleans street renamings for Dillard, Straight alumni and Albert Dent

Esmail talks nature of increased crime in city with WVUE

Collins discusses Cedric Richmond leaving Congress for White House with WVUE

Alum Ryan Banks puts on virtual L.O.C.A.L.S' Music Festival

Alum and Broadway star Kyle Banks puts on free virtual show to increase diabetes awareness

Alum Ashle Mitchell celebrated as "Yardrunner" by Nike

Collins: Election results show near 50 percent turnover at Criminal District Court

Condoll breaks down Louisiana's Amendment 7 on WDSU prior to November 3rd election

Urban studies and public policy junior Gentry featured in 2020 HBCU Digest Honors

Poetry Rooted in History: Brenda Marie Osbey

Alumnus James Williams named U.S. Venture's president of U.S. Lubricants Division

Mustapha quoted by Forbes regarding women and work during COVID-19

Collins on Democrats and Amy Coney Barrett

Alumnus Carl Stewart delivers keynote for University of Notre Dame law school

Enrollment Management VP Page on advising students for financial aid

Alumna Paramore named executive director of Travelers Aid Society of Greater New Orleans

Dallas Weekly chats with President Kimbrough regarding the Black community and vaccinations

Senior Smith featured as "young superstar" by Charles Koch Foundation

Atty. Kimbrough: "Black hair has always been policed in this country"

Collins: Coney Barrett nomination would be a "source of pride" for Louisiana 

A.D. Barnes on the "Straight to the Point" sports show

Collins analyzes La. secretary of state's absentee voting tutorial

Alumna Leyte Winfield on HBCUs' preparing Black students for careers in science

Palmer, one of New Orleans Magazine's "People to Watch"

Alumnus Baker discusses how the Louisiana Weekly gives context to the Black experience in news

Saloy discusses resilience through words in the wake of Hurricane Katrina

Alumnus Floyd Wilson Jr. discusses 47-year-old police bill of rights with The Washington Post 

The New Orleans Tribune recounts legacies of Straight College's Walter L. Cohen and James Madison Vance Jr.

Dillard School of STEM, an example of "empowering success"

Collins talks to The Lens about local wedding venue's COVID-19 restrictions violations

President Kimbrough quoted by Los Angeles Times about Kamala Harris VP nomination

Ray Charles director Palmer talks Black chefs, program with Gambit

Alumna Benjamin awarded 2020 Laurel Award for Dedication to Community Service

A.D. Barnes talks leadership advancement as a Black woman with WGNO-TV

President Kimbrough joins local university presidents for equity in higher education discussion 

Sigur discusses Apple, Dillard coding partnership

Alumna Friedman to host "Chicago Tonight: Black Voices"

Dallas Weekly profiles alumna and banking executive Cassandra McKinney

For HBCUs, the coronavirus pandemic hits especially close to home

Film student Peters "chases his passion"

President Kimbrough on how COVID-19 will change higher education

Collins: Mayor's new texting service could be providing valuable data

Broady discusses Black families' struggles during pandemic with The New York Times

Esmail on Dixie Beer name change

DU junior battling COVID-19: "Don't let your guard down"

Lumina Foundation: "Dillard University students rise to the challenge"

Significance of Juneteenth - Dr. Eva Baham 

Chief Medical Officer Hébert hosts video series on sickle cell anemia

Alumna Alves named Bradford & Barthel LLP chief diversity officer

Esmail talks race relations on Juneteenth

Alumna McNeal first African American woman on American Express's executive committee

The Washington Post quotes President Kimbrough on president's HBCU claims

Broady one of 19 Black economists celebrated on Juneteenth

Esmail discusses "pivotal shift in societal views on race"

Collins: Renaming Jefferson Davis Parkway a sign of city council being "responsive to the will of the people"

Esmail: Policing policies terminology needs to be more "forceful"

Alumna Roberts named Xavier Exponential director

Alumnus Atwood brings Houston its first hip hop museum

President Kimbrough on COVID-19's exacerbating inequities in higher education

Alumna Fleming named Florida SouthWestern State College dean of education

Dean Broady talks BLS jobs report on #RolandMartinUnfiltered

Words matter for college presidents, but so will actions

President Kimbrough discusses Black college graduates' COVID, civil unrest struggles

Esmail: Harmony between NOPD, protesters influenced by several factors

President Kimbrough discusses future of HBCUs in New Orleans with the Kresge Foundation

Alumna Kopylov named to Posse Foundation national board

Alumna Domingue-Glover talks actors' struggles amid COVID-19

Palmer: New Orleans restaurants "essential to our community"

VP Barnes on police brutality and racism in the wake of George Floyd's death

Alumna Astasia Williams talks life as Washington Redskins social media manager

Reflections in Black: Dillard alumna Samella Lewis

HBCUs after COVID-19: Sheen exclusive with President Kimbrough

Esmail discusses COVID-related financial difficulties for low-income workers

President Kimbrough talks fall 2020 amid COVID-19 with The Atlantic

Saloy comments on roots of jazz funerals as COVID-19 silences tradition

Alumna, DU 40 Under 40 recipient Mitchell selected Top Female Achiever

Hebert, Lesen, Fos named to COVID task force

Fos, Lesen discuss COVID racial disparities with columnist Sutton

AD Barnes discusses future of college athletics, institutions amid COVID

Columnist Sutton on COVID disparities: "Lesen...tried to warn us."

Alumnus Raj Smoove's online DJ sets create social connection

Hébert: "Protect La.'s vulnerable African Americans"

Lesen visits "CBS Evening News" to discuss COVID disparities

Nursing, Community Relations make PPE donations

Lesen: COVID disparities "produced by policy"

Environmental journalism professor cites Lesen

La. Budget Project cites Lesen

AD Barnes featured as P.O.W.E.R.ful women series

Collins discusses governor's COVID federal disaster declaration

Food Studies featured in USA Today's agriculture issue

Hébert: 10 things for African Americans to protect themselves from COVID

SAFE Fund featured example of how HBCUs try to minimize student debt

President Kimbrough examines Trump's claim to have saved HBCUs

Report: HBCUs produce higher income, more prosperity for students

President Kimbrough: "Missouri effect" part of HBCU enrollment increase

Alumnus Lynn leverages Facebook employment to help small businesses

AD Barnes on athletics' post-Katrina return: "Hiring, trust and relationships are everything."

Report: HBCUs produce more upwardly mobile graduates than PWIs 

Alumna Bolden recognized by National AfterSchool Association

AT&T donates $250,000 to College of Business

Kimbrough joins star-studded panel at Essence Fest to discuss HBCUs' helping close nation's economic divide

President Kimbrough featured on in style

University receives $1.25M for STEM research


2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

Dillard University Seal