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Sil Lai Abrams to Speak at Dillard April 7 PDF Print E-mail
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Domestic Violence Awareness Activist  and Founder of Truth in Reality

Aims to Change Portrayal of Women of Color on Reality TV Programs

slot6(New Orleans) – On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, Sil Lai Abrams, National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) award-winning writer, inspirational speaker, and domestic violence awareness activist, will deliver the next Brain Food Lecture in Georges Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Dillard’s campus. The event is free and open to the public. Seats are on a first come basis.

Sil Lai Abrams is founder and CEO of Truth in Reality, a media advocacy organization dedicated to changing the manner in which women of color and violence are portrayed on reality television programs. Through public awareness and educational campaigns, including digital media, specifically her weekly #RealityTVCheck tweet chat, Abrams engages audiences in conversations about real-life social issues regarding gender-based violence. She also launched “Redefining HERstory, a campus-based educational and social action program that is currently in place on several college campuses. According to Abrams, the goal of the organization is to empower students with media literacy tools that will enable them to think critically about their media consumption; provide education on domestic violence, bullying and sexual violence; expose students to women of color who are models for redefining history. Ultimately, the organization seeks to mobilize individuals in a collective effort to changes the narratives and negative depiction of women of color on reality TV.

Abrams is a living testament of transformation through self-empowerment as she has overcome addiction, mental health issues and domestic violence to become a nationally recognized expert on relationships and domestic violence. She has appeared on a number of TV shows including ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, FOX, BET, and TruTV, to name a few. She has also been featured in national magazines such as Modern Woman, Oprah, Redbook, EBONY, Black Enterprise and Sister 2 Sister.

 For more information go to @DUBrainFood, visit www.dillard.edu or call 504.816.4800.


 
Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart to Speak at Dillard PDF Print E-mail
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Will Address Students with “Reflections on Life and the Law” 

Judge Stewart 2010(New Orleans, LA) – On Monday, April 6 the Honorable Carl E. Stewart will address a group of aspiring legal eagles at 6 p.m. in the Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Mock Trial Courtroom in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building on Dillard University’s campus. 

The title of the program is “The Chief Judge Speaks: Reflections on Life and the Law from the Honorable Carl Stewart.”

“We are excited about having the Chief Judge for the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals come and share his experience with our students,” said Dr. Gary Clark, political science professor and director of Dillard’s Center for Law and Public Interest. “I wonder if our students realize how fortunate they are to have someone of Judge Stewart’s caliber come and have a face-to-face conversation with them. The fact that Judge Stewart is a 1971 graduate of Dillard makes it even more special,” Clark added. For more information call 504-816-4701.

 
Dillard’s President Offers Strategic Advice on Use of Social Media “To Tweet or Not to Tweet” PDF Print E-mail
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(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – President of Dillard University Walter M. Kimbrough, known as the Hip Hop Prez, is one of the contributing authors in the 2014-2015Presidential Perspectives, A Higher Education Thought Leadership Seriespublished by Aramark as well as in Dan Zaiontz’s new book #FollowTheLeader: Lessons in Social Media Success from #Highered CEOs.

According to Aramark, a leader in the professional and food services industry for higher education, the Presidential Perspectives Series was launched 10 years ago in an effort to leverage industry insights to develop innovations that transform campuses and enhance the student experience.

The 2014-2015 Series: Inspirational Innovation, features 85 chapters written by college presidents from across the U.S. In the chapter written by Kimbrough, titled “To Tweet or Not to Tweet,” he cites findings from a study by the Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, that more than half of college presidents use Facebook and Twitter and about a third host a blog.  He also shares how he uses various social media platforms, i.e. blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to engage students and other stakeholders.  “All of these platforms are great vehicles to keep current with what happens on your campus, in your community, and the world,” he noted.

Dan Zaiontz’s new book #FollowTheLeader: Lessons in Social Media Success from #Highered CEOs is the result of research and interviews with 22 social-media-active college and university senior executives. The 137-page book is a compilation of advice and insights that serve as a practical guide for higher education leaders interested in using social media as a tool for advancing their institutions. Zaiontz refers to it as a “user’s guide to social media for higher education leadership.” Its 13 chapters are appropriately named with hash tags preceding each with topics ranging from #GoneViral to #YourRulesofEngagement and #AreWeThereYet, to name a few.

In Chapter 8, #MovingTheNeedle, Kimbrough offers practical advice to leaders regarding the strategic use of social media. Kimbrough says the choice to engage in social media should be based on goals that relate to institutional priorities. He notes that leaders should measure their success on social media based on metrics and strategic relationships formed rather than “likes” of number of Twitter followers. In other words, Kimbrough says they should ask themselves, “what needles are you looking to move?” He goes on to give examples of how to set goals and measure engagement in key areas such as supporting strategic priorities, enhancing stakeholder relationships and altering institutional perception among others.

For more information about the book visit:http://mstnr.me/FollowTheLdr.

About Walter M. Kimbrough

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough was his high school salutatorian and student body president in 1985, and went on to earn degrees from the University of Georgia, Miami University in Ohio, and a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University. He has enjoyed a fulfilling career in student affairs, serving at Emory University, Georgia State University, Old Dominion University, and finally Albany State University in 2000 where he became the Vice President for Student Affairs at the age of 32. In October of 2004, at the age of 37, he was named the 12th president of Philander Smith College. In 2012 he became the 7th president of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dr. Kimbrough was named the 1994 New Professional of the Year for the Association of Fraternity Advisors. In 2010, he made the coveted Ebony Magazine Power 100 list of the doers and influencers in the African American community, joining the likes of President and Mrs. Obama, Jay-Z, Richard Parsons, Tyler Perry, Debra Lee, and Tom Joyner. Finally, in February of 2013 he was named to NBC News/The Griot.com’s 100 African Americans making history today, joining another impressive group including Kerry Washington, Ambassador Susan Rice, Kendrick Lamar, Mellody Hobson, and RG III.

 
Dillard’s Brain Food Lecture to Feature Award-winning Journalist and Domestic Violence Awareness Activist Sil Lai Abrams PDF Print E-mail
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sil-lai-abrams 1(New Orleans) – On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, Sil Lai Abrams, National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) award-winning writer, inspirational speaker, and domestic violence awareness activist, will deliver the next Brain Food Lecture in Georges Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Dillard’s campus. The event is free and open to the public. Seats are on a first come basis.

Sil Lai Abrams is founder and CEO of Truth in Reality, a media advocacy organization dedicated to changing the manner in which women of color and violence are portrayed on reality television programs. Through public awareness and educational campaigns, including digital media, specifically her weekly #RealityTVCheck tweet chat, Abrams engages audiences in conversations about real-life social issues regarding gender-based violence. She also launched “Redefining HERstory, a campus-based educational and social action program that is currently in place on several college campuses. According to Abrams, the goal of the organization is to empower students with media literacy tools that will enable them to think critically about their media consumption; provide education on domestic violence, bullying and sexual violence; expose students to women of color who are models for redefining history. Ultimately, the organization seeks to mobilize individuals in a collective effort to changes the narratives and negative depiction of women of color on reality TV.

Abrams is a living testament of transformation through self-empowerment as she has overcome addiction, mental health issues and domestic violence to become a nationally recognized expert on relationships and domestic violence. She has appeared on a number of TV shows including ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, FOX, BET, and TruTV, to name a few. She has also been featured in national magazines such as Modern Woman, Oprah, Redbook, EBONY, Black Enterprise and Sister 2 Sister.

For more information go to @DUBrainFood, visit www.dillard.edu or call504.816.4800.

Note: There will not be a book signing after the lecture.

About Brain Food, The Dillard University President’s Lecture Series

President Walter Kimbrough launched his official lecture series, Brain Food, April 18, 2013. Brain Food is a seven-course meal of intellectual sustenance, providing information that feeds intellectual cravings. Lectures are a way to stimulate the intellectual discourse on the campus. These noted scholars, authors, politicians and public intellectuals expose not only the campus community to their ideas and concepts, but also the broader community in which Dillard resides. The lectures are of interest to parents, high school and college teachers, lawmakers, clergy, activists, and anyone interested in understanding contemporary issues. All lectures are free and open to the public.

 
Dillard University to Honor Business Leaders at “Champions of the American Dream” Luncheon PDF Print E-mail
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(New Orleans, LA)  The Dillard University College of Business will honor business leaders at their Champions of the American Dream event on Friday, April 10 at 11:30 in the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom of The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel. Business leaders in six categories will be recognized and receive a “Best in Business” Award for their work and contributions in their respective communities. 

“Champions of the American Dream” is an initiative of the Dillard University College of Business designed to recognize and honor local and statewide business leaders and entrepreneurs for their success and persistence in business pursuits, their history of philanthropy, and their service as role models for the business community.

Richard Harley, regional manager for the Office of International Trade with the U.S. Small Business Administration, serves as a “Best in Business” core committee member. “Entrepreneurship coupled with ingenuity have been at the core of what has built America,” said Harley. “Dillard University takes pride in honoring some of our local Champions of the American Dream who have made their mark on our community and our nation,” he added.

The  “Best in Business Award” will be presented during the event to the following nominees for awards indicated: Rose Hudson, CEO, Louisiana Lottery - the David Dillard Award of Excellence; Dr. Blanca Rosa Maldonado, Ochsner Medical Center - Excellence in Innovation; John and Donna Cummings, philanthropists, curators of the African American Museum of Slavery - Social Justice Award; Rafael Saddy, Louisiana Executive Council Member and Latino activist-Pioneer of Purpose Award; Todd Chambers, general manager, Roosevelt Hotel - Cultural Pioneer Award; and Irvin Mayfield, entrepreneur, musician, and Cultural Ambassador for New Orleans - Virtuoso Award.

The keynote speaker for the event is Cindy Nuesslein, CEO of the Interim LSU Hospital (ILH) slated to open soon. “I’m proud to be a part of this year’s Champions of the American Dream - Best in Business Awards to honor the innovators, pioneers and leaders who are inspirations to us all. This is such an exciting time for our city, our region and state,” said Nuesslein.  “We are nationally recognized as a great place to live and do business, as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, and as one of the most amazing comeback stories ever. On behalf of LCMC Health, our board, academic partners, physicians and staff, congratulations to the honorees and thank you for your vision, persistence and leadership.”

For more information about the event, sponsorships and tickets, please call Dillard University at 504.816.4669.



 
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