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Free immersive STEM enrichment workshop for students in grades 5-8 at Dillard

Photo: Sabree Hill/Dillard University

October 19, 2022
Contact: Eddie Francis, 

NEW ORLEANS–Dillard University is partnering with Verizon to offer a free immersive enrichment open house workshop, Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers, for middle school students, 5th-8th grades, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on November 5. The event will be on Dillard’s campus in the Professional Schools Building, room 131-135.

Students will learn about design thinking, 3D printing, augmented reality and social entrepreneurship. The workshop is inclusive and welcome all genders and nonbinary youth. The workshop includes a full-day open house with tours of Dillard’s campus.

Verizon launched the Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers program to empower middle school students in under-resourced communities to explore STEM subjects, learn problem-solving skills and gain exposure to career opportunities in technology fields. Participating students will receive mentorship, access to next-gen technology and hands-on training. Designed to create a more diverse pipeline for future careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, no prior knowledge or experience is required. 

Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers helps to address critical roadblocks to pursuing STEM-related degrees, including disparities in access to high-quality STEM educational resources, lack of role models and a shortage of highly trained, minority STEM educators. Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers is part of the company’s education initiative that helps to address barriers to digital inclusion under Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan to help move the world forward for all. 

For more information about the open house, contact Treshayne Tuircuit at or 504-816-4092.

To learn more about Verizon Innovative Learning, please visit

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