We’re nearing the mid point of the semester and lots of great things are happening at Dillard. Here are some of the highlights from this week alone.

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We had our first meeting of the LGBTQ work group. This diverse group of faculty, staff and students will collectively work to create a more aware, educated and affirming campus. We had Leslie Hall from HRC join us via Skype to provide a broad contextualization for our work.

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We officially began basketball season with our Bleu and White scrimmage. The AD and I are the coaches of the teams. I was 0–2 but finally got a good win this week. Next year I will even this thing up!

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We hosted the Color of Justice program which is designed to encourage women and people of color to pursue careers in law. Ten women judges, including the Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court and a Justice from the New York Supreme Court interacted with our students.

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I guess the program works as we have an all-women Mock Trial Team. They competed in Jackson, MS this weekend at won 3 of 4 decisions, including going 1–1 against LSU (have to get that in since folks always assume they have better students).

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We hosted a mayoral forum which was the only one to focus on the plight of African American men. A number of our students from the Men of Dillard initiative were engaged in the event as well.

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Our SGA held a nice formal installation program this week, and then had a retreat for their executive team. Really good group of student leaders, extremely involved and high performing academically.

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And our volleyball team traveled to Jacksonville FL to take a 3–1 victory from fellow UNCF member school Edward Waters College. The final set was a 35–33 thriller!

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This is midterms week so great time to focus on those grades, and then make the second half push. But we will host a televised mayor debate on Tuesday. This will be at least our 3rd debate for this election cycle, more than any university in the city. Definitely a point of pride!

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