The First Dillard #EducateOurMen Grads

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On March 26, 2014, I got an e-mail from Lynn Richardson, president of the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, which was started by hip hop icon MC Lyte. She indicated they wanted to meet with me about a possible scholarship program at Dillard.

Who turns down a meeting with MC Lyte?

Less than a month later they were in New Orleans and we had a robust discussion. I indicated I was really concerned about the few Black men entering college, a problem that is visible at Dillard where only 28% of our students are men (nationally Black men are just 36% of Black college students). So they agreed and suggested a program targeted toward getting men in college.

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This month the first two of those scholars graduated, and they both were successful. Both, entering in the fall of 2015, graduated in 4 years. Deven (above on the right) was active with our computer science program, and competed on several hack-a-thon teams sponsored by Google.

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Josh was one of our valedictorians. He did a little of everything at Dillard, and had a chance to photograph dozens of celebrities during this time at Dillard. He also was the first student in my tenure to be both a valedictorian and best all around student.

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These $50,000 have been a great investment by Hip Hop Sisters. The impact will be just a visible next year as one of our rising seniors who is a recipient has already been a class president twice and served on SGA. Please support their work. This is the website with more details:

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7th president of Dillard University

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