The COVID Chronicles: Bleu Notes from March

Since I am back on social media I have been off the blog. So I need to catch up. Here are some updates from March at Dillard!

· Class of 2020 news!

  • Deja Holland was accepted into Western Michigan University in the MA Counseling Psychology Program
  • Billie Addison was accepted by the City College of New York for their graduate program in physics.


  • Tyrell Alcorn was selected to Play for East Team in 2020 NAIA Men’s Basketball All-Star Game (although the game did not occur this is a great honor)
  • Dr. Robert Collins had several recent interviews:

Gov. Edwards seeks federal disaster declaration over COVID-19, locals react:

State lawmakers face budget deadline despite the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Dr. Amy Lesen wrote a terrific op-ed, “Coronavirus will exacerbate existing health inequities”
  • USA Today released their special edition Department of Agriculture issue where the Ray Charles program was mentioned and Zella Palmer was quoted about how colleges and universities are addressing food insecurity issues (p. 33):


  • Dr. Robert Collins was a panelist for the WWNO and The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate “Water Ways: Dutch Lessons for a Changing Coast” at Tulane University.
  • Urban Studies major Kaylan Tanner ’21 spoke at the Rally Speech to Protect Abortion Access at the Supreme Court on March 4th. Here is her speech:
  • Coy Fouchia ’23 has accepted an offer for Google’s STEP (Student Training in Engineering Program) internship
  • Caitlin Barnes ’21 has accepted an internship with EIIA (insurance) this summer in Chicago.
  • The Break the Silence of Domestic Violence was held recently. The program was presented by DUPD Jose Campuzano and NOPD SVU Officer Eric Baehr.
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  • Jordan C. Johnson was accepted as a 2020 Fellow with the New Orleans Youth Alliance
  • The Beta Phi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha continues their winning ways. At the recent regional convention they won:
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  • — Chapter of the year
  • — Chapter with the highest GPA
  • — Brother with the highest GPA (Chad Fuselier)
  • — Debate competition
  • Dr. Ashraf Esmail presented a paper entitled “Using the Classroom as a Vehicle for Implementing Peace and Anti-Violence Instruction” at the 20th Annual National Association for Peace Education conference in Baton Rouge. The following students accompanied Dr. Esmail and presented at the conference:
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  • — Brittany Allen- “Fight the Blue: A Medical Emergency On Racism”
  • — Derriah Brown- “The Impact of Technological Mechanism in Preventing School Shootings and in Higher Education and K-12”
  • — Emiia Charles — “Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline”
  • — Armani Lenor — “Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down”
  • — Martaz Lynch — “Peace and Love: Will America ever know it?”
  • — Linda Mumphrey — “Diversity in Police Departments: Co-Existence in Cultures”
  • — Jamya Robinson — ‘The City of Abandoned Black Scholars: The Long Term Impact of School Closing on African American Neighborhoods”
  • — Khyler Simms — “Does Community Policing Assist in Relations with Black Citizens?”
  • — Toiya Smith — “Stereotypes: A Deadly Deception”
  • — Kaylan Tanner — “Teaching Law Enforcement the Street Code: How Minority Communities Shield Away from Law Enforcement”
  • Toiya Smith ’21 also participated in the recent AIPAC conference, and was recently selected for the 2020 Walton UNCF K12 Cohort.
  • Lentrell Webb ’22 will be doing a research internship this summer at the University of Minnesota.
  • Alexis Pigg ’20 has been offered a Summer Position with the Department of Defense in Aberdeen, Maryland.
  • Dr. Ashraf Esmail and Jon Pult have been selected to participate in the workshop on Deliberation & Debate: Advancing Civil Discourse through First-Year Courses that will be held in Washington, DC this summer. They were one of only 21 teams selected for this seminar.
  • Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy was listed recently as one of ten women writers living in New Orleans that you should know about and can follow on Twitter.
  • Alumna Ezinne Eziyi was admitted to Columbia University’s HBCU Fellowship & M.A. in Economics program.
  • Thomas Adams was accepted to the Summer Health Professions Education Program at Western University of Health Sciences

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