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Dillard introduces ‘Write Your Legacy’ brand evolution campaign

College of Nursing students

November 30, 2022
Contact: Danielle Miller, dmiller@dillard.edu 

NEW ORLEANS–Dillard University has introduced its brand evolution campaign, “Write Your Legacy.” The initiative was created after the University partnered with Columbus, Ohio based marketing firm Ologie to research and craft the University’s value proposition. The updated brand guidelines, toolkit, merchandise and more can be found at www.dillard.edu/writeyourlegacy.

As a result of qualitative and quantitative research, data analyzation and creative testing, it was determined that Dillard’s value proposition is that the University “offers students the opportunity to pursue their greater self so that they gain the inspiration and social capital needed to make a meaningful difference in the world.”

“One of the fascinating things about Dillard is the legacy of the University,” said Dr. Rochelle L. Ford, University president. “We talk about standing on the shoulders of giants; the giants of Straight University, New Orleans University and Dillard University give our students a sense of belonging and pride that helps them take ownership of their Dillard experience.”

The research revealed that Dillard’s strongest selling point is its family-like environment according to Tanika Craig, Ologie’s account director. “A key theme that emerged in our focus group discussions and surveys was the strong sense of community and connection that students, employees and alumni feel,” she said. Craig also pointed out that, based on Ologie’s research, two other prominent terms that describe Dillard’s personality are “proud” and “resilient.”

“Our goal in doing this brand refresh was to provide the Dillard community with the language to clearly and concisely talk about the value of the Dillard experience,” said Eddie Francis, Dillard’s director of communications and marketing. “A sense of community, pride, resilience and the desire to amplify Dillard’s legacy are what alumni, students, faculty, staff, donors and our board love most about Dillard; so, we’re going to lean hard into that.”

For questions, contact Eddie Francis at efrancis@dillard.edu or 504-816-4024.

About Dillard University
Dillard University is a historically Black institution that cultivates leaders who live ethically, think and communicate precisely, and act courageously to make the world a better place. Located in New Orleans, Dillard is a private faith-based liberal arts university that offers 22 majors and two certificate programs. Ranked 5th on 2021 The New York Times Overall Mobility Index and 14th in 2022 by Academic Influence for Best Colleges and Universities by Academic Stewardship, Dillard’s call to future leaders is to Write Your Legacy. Find out more about Louisiana’s oldest HBCU by visiting www.dillard.edu.