Dillard University In The News: In A Big Way!

While the world still grapples with the pandemic, Dillard students, faculty, staff and alumni are in the news making major moves.

One of the biggest announcements was the launch of a new center for racial justice. In the wake of the unrest there is a role for HBCUs to play. We want to do our part as well. Our inaugural director will be Dr. Ashraf Esmail, professor of criminal justice. Here are several stories.

Speaking of justice, the Maryland HBCUs are still fighting for equal funding. Our board chair & alum Michael D. Jones, attorney for The Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education, quoted in this ⁦Diverse Issues story.

American Express announced that Dillard alumna Glenda McNeal “will become a member of the company’s executive committee, effective immediately. McNeal, president of enterprise strategic partnerships, is the first African American woman to sit on the committee, making her appointment a watershed moment, the company said.”

Fortune Magazine lists “19 Black economists to celebrate and know, this Juneteenth and beyond.” Dr. Kristen Broady, our dean of the college of business, is the only HBCU scholar in the list.

Alumna Nicole Tinson was part of the JusticeCon panel sponsored by Allen Temple AME and MSNBC. She is the founder of HBCU20x20.

Complete College did a feature on 20 recent college graduates, including 2 Dillard grads who finished in 3 years, Breanna Bailey and Seantrell Lemar.

Senior Toiya Smith was named a White House HBCU Competitiveness Scholar. She was joined by 2018 graduate Karmel Reeves, a Grambling State grad student, who was also named.

Ashante Hogan ’19 shares her story as a pediatric nurse during the #COVID19 pandemic on Dear World.

Dr. Kiki Barnes had her article “Diversity & Inclusion is Everybody’s Business” published in the June 2020 issue of the NACDA Athletics Administration Magazine.

Dr. Robert Collins commented on the renaming of Jeff Davis Pkwy for Xavier University president emeritus Dr. Norman C. Francis.

Alumna Megan Braden-Perry wrote her first story for The Today Show on 19 ways to celebrate Juneteenth as a family. She included music, books, screen and food, ALL black-owned.

Recent alumna Shelby Stewart was profiled for her work to establish a hip hop museum in Houston.

Sophomore Zaige Wills was selected Governor’s Fellowship program in Louisiana Government, where he will work in a state cabinet-level agency in Baton Rouge.

And these two are a little more than a week old but 2 students played key roles in recent rallies. Junior Jada Sayles organized marches in Madison, Wisconsin.

And SGA president Traelon Rodgers was an organizer of a youth rally in Dallas, Texas.

Just a reminder to everyone looking to support HBCUs. LOTS of us have great people who attend, graduate, and work at our institutions. With the right support, including transformational gifts, we could greatly expand the impact of HBCUs on the nation.

The Prez

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7th president of Dillard University

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