I am way behind sharing good news from the summer. So before we all get entangled with the month of August, here is some good news to share!


o The College of Nursing was mentioned, and Nick Harris (community relations) pictured in the article, “Universities and colleges pitch in supplies, time and expertise to aid coronavirus battle”

o Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy was featured in First Magazine of New Orleans:

o She was also quoted in the article “Jazz funerals silenced: How New Orleans grieves amid coronavirus” in the Tennessean newspaper (Nashville TN):

o Dr. Amy Lesen had several media appearances:

§ Quoted in the article, “Coronavirus disparity in Louisiana: About 70% of the victims are black, but why?”

§ Quoted in editorial, “Too many black folks are dying from coronavirus. We urgently need data.”

§ Appeared on the CBS Evening News story, “Coronavirus hits poor and minority communities hard in the South”

§ Quoted in ABC 6 (Columbus OH) story, “‘A call-to-action moment’: Data shows stark racial disparities in coronavirus deaths”

§ Quoted in the Baton Rouge Advocate story, “Coronavirus death toll continues to rise in Baton Rouge area as racial disparities pop up locally.”

o Dr. Corey Hebert also had several media appearances:

§ Quoted in article, “John Bel Edwards: An emotional thought on Easter, a call for coronavirus disparity task force”

§ Featured in the article, “Dr. Corey Hebert on coronavirus death toll: ‘Protect Louisiana’s vulnerable African Americans’”

o Dr. Hebert, Dr. Lesen, and Dr. Peter Fos were named to the Governor’s COVID Task Force:

o Dr. Ebony Turner wrote an editorial, “How I Transitioned My College Algebra Course to Digital Platforms”:

o Dr. Ashraf Esmail was interviewed by Fox 8 on the COVID-19 Pandemic and its impact on financial suffering for low income workers and the poor:

o Alumna Astasia Williams ’16 is the senior social media manager for the Washington Redskins. They did a podcast with her recent where they say “in a very short time Williams has grown to prominence in the world of sports social media. She’s become a trailblazer of sorts for women, and spoke to how great of an impact various women in the league have been on her development. Williams is one of few Black women in positions like this and shares how she carries the responsibility in that.”

o Kelly Harris, literary outreach coordinator for Poets & Writers in New Orleans, listed 5 books of poetry in honor of national poetry month. Included is Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy’s book, “Red Beans and Ricely Yours”:

o Dr. Robert Collins interviewed for the news report, “State lawmakers adjourned for 49 days due to COVID-19 and were still paid”

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o Dr. Sharon Hutchinson discussed preparation of nursing students during this pandemic with WWL-TV:


o Dr. Marc Barnes was invited to become a member of the CASE Commission on Philanthropy

o Paulina Webber ’23 was selected for an internship with the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building in Atlanta this summer.

o Dillard physics is featured in the new publication, “Promising Practices for Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine: Opening Doors (2020)

o Dr. Abdalla Darwish has a new publication with PVAMU’s electrical engineering department, “Simulation and Analysis Method of Different Back Metals Contact of CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cell Along with Electron Transport Layer TiO2 Using MBMT-MAPLE/PLD” in American Journal of Optics and Photonics (March 2020). He has a chapter in the new book, “ZnO Thin Films: Properties, Performance and Applications.” He is also studying possible uses of lasers to combat COVID-19!

o Dr. Wen Zhang’s book on the Peking Opera (published in 2018) has been selected to be translated in 8 languages for publishing.

o Honour Williams ’21 was admitted to the Tarleton State University 2020 cohort of the REU site “restoring cattle ranches for sustainable land and water resources.”

o William Pinkney was accepted as a 2020–2021 UNCF Student Ambassador.

o Tristan Cojoe ’20 was named a 2020 South Central Region Leadership Fellow for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is one of six women who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership on their campuses and in the communities they serve.

o Caitlin Foster ’21 was selected as the first recipient of the newly founded Dillard Diamonds Senior Scholarship, funded by alumni members of the Diamonds.

o Langston Carter-Price ’22 was admitted to the 4th annual Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Summer Discovery Program

o Halle Taylor ’21 was accepted into LSU Shreveport School of Medicine UGRAP Summer Research Program

o Ki’Avian Johnson ’23 was accepted into LSU Shreveport School of Medicine UGRAP Summer Research Program

o Ronisha McCardell ’21 was accepted into international health mission program in Kenya

o Thomas Adams ’23 was accepted into Western University Summer Health Professions Enrichment Program (SHPEP)

o Tiara Hamilton ’21 accepted into SURE Summer Program at Emory University

Dillard has a Pulitzer Prize winner! Lots of stories on Dr. Jericho Brown and the impact his Dillard experience had on him.

o Here is the announcement by Pulitzer Prizes:

o “Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Reflects on Career Trajectory,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education:

o “Pulitzer Prize winner’s works inspired by Shreveport roots,” Shreveport Times:

o “An interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown,” NOLA.com:

· The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation approved a grant of $110,000.00 to Dillard University to support enrollment stabilization efforts and emergency student needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

· Meet our new Melton Fellows: Amari McAllister, Jared Ingram, Kennedy Musgrave, and LaJeanne Shelton:

o David Page was appointed a Commission Director for the NASFAA Board of Directors for the 2020–2021 year. He will oversee four national committees for the year.

o Kennedy Musgrave ’23 participated in a program on stress management for attorneys who practice in child welfare law. She discussed the impact of the pandemic on her age range, their concerns, how adults can assist us with managing stress, and even positives experienced.

o Patricia Bernstein (adjunct faculty member) is one of the #feedthefrontline artists helping krewe of red beans raise money to feed the frontline:

o Dr. Roland Bullard was a panelist for the Credo Virtual Event: “Planning for Students’ Emerging Needs: Disrupting COVID-19”on May 5th.

o Adria Kimbrough was a panelist for several teleconferences:

§ Law School Admissions Council’s “Helping Diverse Students Impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis” on April 17th

§ Updates, Strategies, and Coping Techniques for Addressing Diversity Issues During COVID-19, hosted by the Minority Network and Law School Admission Council on April 30th

§ UNCF Building Better Narratives for Black Education in New Orleans Twitter Chat on May 13th

o Dr. Peter Foss (Health Disparities) and Dr. Katrina Kellum (nursing) authored the study, “The Relationship of Diabetes and COVID-19: A Health Disparity” in the journal, Diabetes & its Complications http://www.scivisionpub.com/pdfs/the-relationship-of-diabetes-and-covid19-a-health-disparity-1173.pdf

o Students were inducted into Dillard University’s Upsilon Tau Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society: Essence Thomas ’20, Jai Flowers ’21, Jamya Robinson ’21, Tyler Racklin ’20.

o Jamya Robinson shall participate in the 2020 Summer Training for Excellence in Education Research (STEER) Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The STEER program is part of UCLA’s highly ranked Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSEIS).

o Justin Matthews ’21 was selected for a remote internship with a mentor from the Air Force Research Lab located in Rome, NY.

o Dr. Nancy Dixon has been selected as a Mellon Periclean Faculty Leader (PFL). This grant is for a course to be taught in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022.

o Shamyra Beasley ’23 will complete an internship with an OBGYN clinic in Clarksdale, MS.

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