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    Dillard University gathers to pray for peace in memory of Michael Brown PDF Print E-mail
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    Brown... The unarmed black teen shot and killed after a confrontation with a ferguson police officer earlier this month. Following the funeral at a st. Louis church, a procession took place to a cemetery where michael brown was laid to rest. On a campus of students who say they identify with 18-year-old michael brown... A moment of silence for the tragic loss. As the teen's family laid him to rest... Dillard university paused to pray for peace. Wdsu's casey ferrand shows us why for one student... This was a chance to join with friends and family in missouri. On the first day of classes here at dillard university, students gathered at the flag pole praying for peace in honor of mike brown, an 18 year old who will not have the chance to go to college. 10 We pray for the families and the children who have been slain by gun violence. A sound that's heard in every city. A sound that's heard loudly in ferguson, missouri... Which is only miles away from the suburb where dillard senior quentin worth grew up. He left home to return to campus the day michael brown was shot and killed by an officer. I felt it here because i have younger siblings and they have to grow up amongst this type of police brutality and things of that nature also i've had to look back on my past experiences with police in st. Louis. He's only been able to watch the unrest and violence from afar... Keeping in touch with family through hourly phone calls. I couldn't do much from here but my family is out there protesting and i'm worried he says he's seen the tension between police and young men in st. Louis grow in recent years... He was even pulled over by police this summer. It's just a lot that goes into the aggression between the young males and the police. It's a lot of division between the two sides. Monday, quentin joined with students at dillard... Hands up, don't shoot. Hands up don't shoot as they call for justce and pray for peace. We shall overcome the activities that have been occuring haven't been i assume what the family would want. All the riots going on in ferguson. We don't need that we need a time of peace. We need a time for justice. We need a time for accountability. On a campus of mostly black students... These young people understand that on any day... Ferguson missouri could easily be new orleans, louisiana. As a black male we are labeled, and it frightens me sometimes but you just have to be motivated, you have to pray, you have to remain calm and just do the right thing. Officials say there are about 12-hundred students here, 30 percent of them are black men. On your side casey ferrand wdsu news.

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    Dykema Attorney Named Dillard University Graduate, Bonnie Mayfield, to Diversity Committee PDF Print E-mail
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    bonnie-mayfieldBLOOMFIELD HILLS — Bonnie Mayfield, a Bloomfield Hills-based member at the law firm Dykema, was named vice chair of Diversity Initiatives for the Diversity Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel.

    Mayfield has been a longstanding member of the IADC, which is dedicated to actively increasing the participation and involvement of diverse attorneys in the organization through membership strategies and professional programming that identifies the strength that inclusion and diversity bring to the practice of law.  

    Mayfield represents clients in labor and employment, product liability, and commercial matters. She is a member of Dykema’s newly launched National Trial Team, a group of experienced trial lawyers who have taken more than 650 cases, in all areas of legal practice, to verdict. She also organized a client/trial team that received recognition for its diversity and inclusiveness.

    Mayfield received her BA from Dillard University in New Orleans and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

     
    HBCUs Looking Abroad in Effort to Remain Competitive PDF Print E-mail
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    Diverse: Issues In Higher Education


    Dr. Richard Igwike, interim dean of the College of Business at Dillard University located in New Orleans, which nearly tripled its international student enrollment in the last two years, says the cost of these programs gives many of his students pause.

    Igwike says nine Dillard students participated in study abroad programs last year. Of those students, six went to Ghana. He says that, in addition to paying their regular semester tuition and fees, these students have to cough up an additional $3,000 to cover the expense of traveling to the West African nation and staying there for a few weeks. Igwike notes the university is exploring the option of building this cost into students’ financial aid loan applications.

    Schools’ challenges

    But financial challenges are not just limited to students.

    Recently, the American Council on Education conducted a study examining factors that “enhance and impede the internationalization process at HBCUs.” The study, which was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, looked at seven HBCUs — Howard, Dillard, Tuskegee, Lincoln University (Missouri), North Carolina A&T, Savannah State and Virginia State.

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    Dillard University to offer free job training in hazardous waste management PDF Print E-mail
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    By Jed Lipinski, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 
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    on August 18, 2014 at 5:10 PM, updated August 18, 2014 at 5:16 PM


    Beginning in September, Dillard University will offer free job training in hazardous-waste cleanup, green construction, mold remediation, lead abatement and asbestos abatement.

    The training initiative, provided by Dillard's Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, receives funding from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences. It last from Sept. 2 until Nov. 14.

    Beverly Wright, the director of the Deep South Center, said that 2014 marks the twentieth year that the job-training program has been available to residents of New Orleans. The program began at Xavier University in 1994, Wright said, and moved to Dillard after Hurricane Katrina.

    "Following the 2001 anthrax attacks, we began training people in how to treat mold associated with anthrax," Wright said. "So when Katrina happened four years later, we were able to supply many young men and women trained in the techniques of mold remediation."

    Graduates of the program have worked in Jamaica, the West Indies, and throughout the U.S., assisting in cleanup efforts related to the BP oil spill and the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003, Wright said.

    Today, the program is available at universities in New York, New Jersey, Houston, Tex., Detroit, Mich., and Savannah, Ga. Dillard University is the only historically black college to offer it.

    Candidates must be at least 18 years old, though they need not have a high school diploma or GED. A stipend, bus tokens (if required) and lunch will be provided to participants. 

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    Helen Bougere and Dr. Ruby Broadway recognized at "Focus on Women" Luncheon PDF Print E-mail
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    By Sue Strachan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  
    on August 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM, updated August 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM


    What started in 1922 by seven young educators and expanded in 1929 to include the collegiate community (starting at Butler University), theSigma Gamma Rho Sorority is now an international service organization that still embraces its founding tenets of "Scholarship, Sisterhood and Service."

    For its 30th "Focus on Women Luncheon,"members of the local chapter, Epsilon Sigma, dressed in the sorority's signature royal blue and gold, which bolstered the sense of a united sisterhood.

    After the Young Marines from the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office started the event by presenting the flag and MaiaRene Carter's performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," the event agenda moved on to recognizing stellar members and women in the community.

    Honorees included: Mary Bailey, Past Worthy Matron, Order of the Eastern Star;Mary Keller, Retired Nurse, USAR; and religious educator; Nikeyta Bornes, fiscal analyst, Chevron Oil Company; Helen Bougere, Director, Dillard University Volunteer Tax Assistance Program; Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, former New Orleans City Councilmember; Dr. Ruby Broadway, Associate Professor of Biology and STEM Director, Dillard University; Dr. Darlonda Reynaud, pediatrician, Tulane Medical Center; First Lt. Danielle Bullock, United States Coast Guard; Laverne Saulny, Regional Manager, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's Office; Dolores Berquist- Coyé, retired language arts educator and 50 year member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, President Emeritus of Epsilon Sigma Chapter; Dr. Suzanne Mayo, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Wiley College; Debra Edward, teacher, Jefferson Parish School System; Enchanté Franklin, forensic social worker, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health; Debra Williams, Principal, James Singleton Charter School; Dr. Brenda Hatfield, Louisiana State Volunteer President, AARP; Tiharana Williams, project manager, AKEA; Rosalind Kay,businesswoman, owner of Private Collections Boutique; and Alice Kennedy, retired business educator, University of New Orleans.

     
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