The Week That Was: October 1–6

October is just racing by, and so many things have happened over the first 2 1/2 weeks of the month. But there are a number of things I want to highlight.

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This was the first time I’d ever visited Talladega College. Why is that important? It is where Adria went to school, and she kept reminding me that of all the campuses I have visited (probably over 300 I guess), I had never been to hers. Fortunately, the UNCF fall meeting was in Birmingham and we took a trip to Talladega.

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The College has grown a lot in recent years under President Billy Hawkins, and they are completing several major construction projects including a new athletic facility. I promised I would be there on January 11th when they play their first conference basketball games- against us. And I already promised we will go into their history books as being the first to beat them at home!

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Quick reminder. When you think of UNCF and HBCU leadership, you have to think Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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We also hosted an HRC HBCU Leadership Summit. We are one of a few HBCUs that has worked to engage the LGBTQ community on campus and in the city. So we jumped at the chance to serve as a site for this important work.

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While I was at UNCF we hosted Jodie Patterson, HRC Board chair and author who discusses her role as a parent of a trans child. I met Jodie at the HRC summit for HBCU presidents in the summer of 2018 and part of my plan for the year was to host her. We couldn’t get the dates right last school year but did for this fall (better late than never). And since I was late I didn’t want to delay it any further trying to find a date when I would be in town. But the reviews were great and I am glad Jodie made it to Dillard.

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I literally landed that Friday, changed out clothes, and picked up kids to head to Jacksonville for one of my pop up athletic trips to see the volleyball team in 2 matches. It didn’t go so well for the ladies but my kids were happy to travel.

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I chose that weekend to take the kids because Adria was with the Mock Trial team competing in Jackson, MS at Millsaps. We came in second… last year. We won this year, and had a second team come in 3rd! Our team is in its 4th year, nationally ranked, and this year we have high expectations. Next weekend they travel to Rice University to defend their championship from last year.

I’ll post about last week tomorrow so I can get caught up!

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7th president of Dillard University

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