We just had an awesome month of November at Dillard University. Allow me to recap a tremendous month.

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At the beginning of the month we participated in a dedication for the renovated boarding house of Straight University, one of the 2 schools that merged to form Dillard University. PRC New Orleans did a great job with this historic landmark.

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Straight University had a law school, so having a strong pre-law program has been a goal. This month we were the first undergraduate institution to receive the Legal Education Diversity Pipeline Program grant. Since this grant program began in 2015, only law schools had received this grant. We’re also the first HBCU to receive the grant, over the HBCU law schools.

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Senior Shelby Stewart was named GCAC Player of the Year, 1st Team All-Conference, and Attacker of the Year. Later in the month she was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Southeast All-Region Team.

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We were the first stop on the HBCU tour for the screening of the new documentary “Tell Them We Are Rising.” It is fantastic! There are some great stories about Black colleges that need to be told. It premieres on PBS in February.

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4 days after being the first Black woman to host SNL, Tiffany Haddish packs Dent Hall for a comedy show (great shot by Josh Williams IV).

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And the day after Tiffany Haddish, and 2 days after the documentary, Angela Rye made sure our students were WOKE! This wasn’t a speech; it was a strategy session. Look to hear about the freshman class black banking initiative.

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I missed Tiffany’s show as we were in Dallas to meet with our alums in the area. The advancement staff stayed another day to meet with the Tom Joyner Foundation. In March 2018, we will be the School of the Month!!

As New Orleans made history by electing our first woman mayor, Dr. Robert Collins (Urban Studies) was live on WDSU covering the night. Also that night Dillard alum Jay Banks ’82 was elected to city council from District B, and adjunct professor Nicole Sheppard was elected Division J Civil District Court Judge.

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Our VP for Advancement Marc Barnes won a silver level best leadership award by HBCU Grow.

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UNCF completed an economic impact study, which found that our impact is $83M annually. Investing in Dillard generates a great return for the city.

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We hosted 13 students for Thanksgiving. This basically tells it all! LOL

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Our AWESOME trustee MC Lyte presented the latest Hip Hop Sisters Educate Our Men Scholarship to Jaeden Johnson live on the Soul Train Awards red carpet show. Jaeden will start in the fall of 2018.

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And we ended the month raising over $195K on Giving Tuesday. Last year we raised $64K so we set a goal of $100K. But we ended up closer to $200K!

I also had a few honors as well- may share on a later post. But these are the collective successes of our university community and supporters.

All of this. In one month.

The Prez

Written by

7th president of Dillard University

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