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    Inaugural Health Disparities Lecture Series Named for, Dillard University Alumn, John Ruffin, Health Disparities Champion PDF Print E-mail
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    New Orleans, LA (January 5, 2015) Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE) will present the Inaugural John Ruffin Lecture Series during its Eighth Health Disparities Conference, March 12-14, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The lecture series is named for John Ruffin, founding director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health.  Dr Ruffin is being recognized as a champion who addressed the rebalancing of the unequal burden of illness particularly as it affects minority, rural, and poor populations through programs aimed at increasing participation by minority scientists, physicians, and other health professionals to create a diverse group of researchers in the health disparities field.

    CMHDRE Director Dr. Daniel Sarpong and Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, Dean College of Pharmacy will co-chair the conference. “We are very fortunate to have a long-termed, dedicated champion in eliminating health disparities as a part of our community such as Dr. Ruffin,” said Dr. Sarong. “His leadership and devotion greatly contributed to improving the health and welfare of US citizens. 
    “The John Ruffin Lecture Series, which will be inaugurated at our March 2015 conference, is a fitting tribute in recognition of the important contributions Dr Ruffin has made in the area of health for people in the nation and around the world, particularly people of color. We are pleased to be able to acknowledge this champion,” added” Dr. Kennedy.

    “Dr. John Ruffin is certainly deserving of this honor and recognition,” said Xavier University of Louisiana President Dr. Norman C. Francis. “His vision and leadership has contributed to a global conversation about minority health and health disparities, positively affecting people of color and speaking to personal issues that have longstanding consequences.”

    Dr. Ruffin earned a B.S. in Biology from Dillard University, a M.S. in Biology from Atlanta University, a Ph.D. in Systematic and Developmental Biology from Kansas State University, and completed post-doctoral studies in biology at Harvard University. His track record of dedication to leadership and career advancement for individuals from racial and ethnic minority populations was nurtured through his experience as instructor of biology at Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Assistant Professor of Biology at Atlanta University; Associate Professor of Biology at Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, Alabama; Cabot Teaching Fellow at Harvard University; and Professor Biology, Chair of the Department of Biology, and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at North Carolina Central University.

    His achievements include nine honorary Doctor of Science degrees. He has been recognized by various professional, non-profit, and advocacy organizations. He has also received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award for National Service, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Special Recognition Award; and the U.S. Presidential Merit Award.

    The John Ruffin Inaugural Lecture Series is established to recognize an individual or organization that promotes or improves the health of individuals, families, communities, or populations by addressing timely issues in health policy, treatment, research, or advocacy, particularly minorities. The XULA2015 Executive Committee will announce the inaugural lecturer within the next two weeks.

    For more information about the Eight Health Disparities Conference, visit or call 404.559.6191.

    How the HBCU Experience Prepared Me for Ivy League School, Life PDF Print E-mail
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    When I graduated from Dillard University on May 10, 2014, I was the first person in my family, like many others that day, to graduate from college. While walking across the stage at the UNO Lakefront Arena, I felt like I was not only taking that stride with pride for my mother, but for all of my ancestors who wished they had the same opportunity to conquer such a feat. It was one of the proudest moments of my life, but I knew I was just getting started on this journey called life.

    As senior year approached, I questioned what it was I wanted to do next. My long term goal for my career is to run for office and become the first black Speaker of the House, but I knew I needed something else to do in the interim. My interest in the intersection of the black community (along with other marginalized communities) with politics, religion, education and social justice is what wakes me up in the morning, and I asked myself how can I continue to be of service to others? I contemplated attending law school or divinity school and even considered the Peace Corps, but it was the day I was accepted to Yale, that I became fully aware of what I wanted to do.

    Yale University is an Ivy League filled with prestige and possibility because of the access it provides. I told my mom I was accepted to Yale and she was more excited than I was. I decided to attend Yale Divinity School because of the environment I would be in; I would be able to learn more about religion among the nation’s top future leaders, and how to use religion to help further advance my community. I was excited, I am excited, and figured the journey from a Black Ivy League to a real Ivy League would be the next step.

    And this is where it begins: I subconsciously labeled Yale as a “real” Ivy League in the same context of a Black Ivy League, and it is this sentiment that has compelled me to pen this letter. I was so determined to enter an Ivy League, I had almost forgotten where I came from. I didn’t question my implicit intentions then, but it is now, that I am explicitly exposing them.

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    Dillard president: TOPS drives inequality more than opportunity, should have income-level cap PDF Print E-mail
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    The Louisiana Board of Regents recently released a report analyzing the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students from 2003 to 2014. The program, initiated in 1998, had four major objectives. They include promoting success and providing financial incentives. But a key point is to “promote access and success” in postsecondary education. Sadly, TOPS is more of an engine of inequality than it is of opportunity. 

    The report analyzes recipients based on a range of demographic factors. The most telling demographic factor impacting TOPS is family income. Most recipients come from families whose household incomes are “significantly higher” than the state median average. The state median average is listed at about $44,000, while the incomes of most recipients range from $70,000 to $100,000.

    This is the most important fact of the report because it proves that TOPS rewards students based on the family they were born into rather than the need for an opportunity to attend college. I can’t fathom why we refuse to acknowledge decades of data proving standardized test scores are best correlated by family income.

    In July, the ACT released its latest report on college readiness and low-income families. When examining college readiness as measured by ACT scores, in each of the four categories (English, reading, math and science), low-income students, defined by ACT as those from families earning less than $36,000 a year, scored 17 to 20 points below the all-student average in each area. Only 26 percent of all takers were deemed college-ready by ACT, a figure that drops to 11 percent for low-income students.

    The report further disaggregated the data by income levels. Sixty-two percent of students from $100,000-plus families and 48 percent of students from $60,000 to $100,000 (the TOPS profile) met three of the four benchmarks for college readiness. The low-income students? Only 20 percent met that level of performance.

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    Where to find thoughtful, practical last-minute gifts PDF Print E-mail
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    Kem Washington on Fox8 News

    Kemberly Washington on Fox 8 News discussing gift ideas without spending a lot of money.

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    Dillard Language Studies in the New Orleans Advocate PDF Print E-mail
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    LANGUAGE STUDIES: Dillard University is one of 157 organizations participating in the Mexican Proyecta 100,000 program, which aims to send 100,000 college students and teachers to the United States for intensive study of English as a second language.

    Dillard’s Center for Intensive Language is working with 20 Mexican participants through Dec. 13. “We hope this group is the first of many others who will come to Dillard throughout next year,” said Aurea Diab, interim director of the CIEL program.

    Over the past two years, Dillard has trained 106 learners in its CIEL program: 48 teachers and 55 students from Brazil and three students from Pakistan.

    DELGADO REGISTRATION: Registration is open for the spring 2015 semester at Delgado Community College. Spring classes begin Saturday, Jan. 17.

    The college has an open admission policy and offers instruction at a variety of levels, enabling students to progress toward their goals from any beginning point. Adults without a high school diploma can earn the equivalent at Delgado. High school students can get an early start in their careers through dual enrollment at Delgado. Educational programs at Delgado are fully accredited and industry-certified.

    Delgado offers instruction online and at nine convenient locations, including the City Park, West Bank (Algiers) and Charity School of Nursing campuses and locations in Slidell and Metairie.

    Delgado Sidney Collier opened in August on Louisa Street in the Desire-Gentilly area.

    DCC was founded in 1921 by businessman and philanthropist Isaac Delgado, who also founded the New Orleans Museum of Art. Students marked his 175th birthday recently by placing a wreath at his tomb in Metairie Cemetery, about half a mile from the college’s City Park Campus.

    Students must be admitted to Delgado in order to register for classes. For information, call (504) 671-5012 or

    GREENER CAMPUS: The state-of-the-art lighting system recently installed on five parking lots on the City Park Campus of Delgado Community College features the latest in LED lighting technology. The low-wattage, highly efficient system functions completely by solar power.

    ProLumin, of Metairie, designed and installed the system, in which 4-by-8-foot solar panels on top of poles in the campus parking lots capture energy from the sun’s rays. The energy is stored in a battery pack that stores enough energy for multiple days of power in the event of inclement or overcast weather. The bulbs are low-wattage LED lights with a long life expectancy.

    By switching to a solar system, there was no need to excavate the parking lots to install new electrical wiring and erect new poles. The new system required no below-ground work, which saved a tremendous amount of time and money.

    The solar lighting system removes parking lot lighting from the college’s utility grid, which is projected to save Delgado approximately $30,000 per year.

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