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Thompson ElloieIn honor of Black History Month, Dillard University is spotlighting notable alumni who have made contributions to their communities and to African-American culture. Our current two subjects have made great strides in the rights for women and for African-Americans in higher education. Dillard alumnae Dr. Barbara Thompson and Ms. Pearlie Elloie were trailblazers in the 1960s. Both women were part of a lawsuit to force Tulane University to open its doors to African American students. Though neither of these women set out to become civil rights advocates, the need to further their educations led them to look to Tulane and legally force them to accept them as students in the 1960s, a time when the university was for whites only. The women were honored for their efforts in a special ceremony held at Dillard University during the MLK Week of Peace in January, 2013 and will be honored by Tulane University on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. 

Pearlie H. Elloie Director, Office for Children, Youth and Families, Total Community Action, Inc.

 Pearlie H. Elloie is the director of the Office for Children, Youth and Families at Total Community Action, Inc., where she has worked since 1965. She directs, administers and coordinates all child development, family development, and education related programs operated by and for the agency, including Head Start and Early Head Start. A native of Houston and a graduate of Dillard University, she had dedicated her life’s work to nurturing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and cultural development of young people. She has worked to inform policymakers of the value of quality early education and its role in preparing children for success. Elloie coordinated the first collaborative childcare effort in the city of New Orleans, Community Coordinated Child Care. She was a founding member and later president of the New Orleans Council for Young Children, a founding member of the Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation, and a charter member of the Southern University board of supervisors from 1975 to 1994. From September 2006 to December 2009, she served as acting executive director of Total Community Action, Inc. Elloie’spioneering spirit was most evident in the suit she and Barbara Guillory filed against Tulane University’s board of trustees to admit African Americans to the school. In 1965, she became the first African American to complete the two-year graduate program in social work at the Tulane University School of Social Work. In 1997, she earned a master’s in quality management from the Loyola University School of Business. Her many awards include the YWCA’s award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Women and Children, and the Tulane University School of Social Work’s Instrument of Change award. She has one son, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is a member of Christian Unity Baptist Church.

Dr. Barbara Guillory Thompson Retired Chair, Division of Social Sciences, Dillard University

Dr. Barbara Guillory Thompson served Dillard University in many capacities for 42 years. She retired from the university as chair of the Division of Social Sciences, chair of the sociology department, university marshall, and chair of the tenure and promotions committee. Thompson also served as director of institutionalresearch from 1974-1976. She is a native New Orleanian, a product of the public school system, and a cum laude sociology graduate from Dillard’s Class of 1957. She earned an M.A. in sociology from Louisiana State University in 1960. She was the first Black female student to live in the dormitory at LSU. She wrote a thesis on the “Career Patterns of Negro Lawyers in New Orleans.” By 1960 she was ready to challenge another educational barrier, and became a litigant in a class action suit against Tulane University. The court decision made possible the attendance of Black students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She completed the requirements for the Ph.D. degree by writing a dissertation on ”The Black Family: A Case for Change and Survival in White America.” Thompson made a tremendous impact outside the academy by advocating equity for voiceless government workers. The City Council of New Orleans appointed her a member of the New Orleans Civil Service Commission from 1981-1992, and chair of the august body from 1989-1992. She was the first Black, the first woman, and the first non-attorney to be named chair. Thompson was active in numerous professional and learned societies, such as the American Sociological Association and the Southern Sociological Association. She has numerous publications, some written independently and some co-authored with her latehusband Daniel C. Thompson. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, ranging from membership in the Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame, to citations from the governor, mayor, and UNCF. She is currently a board member for Chatham School for Girls, a consultant for Minority Issue with Innovations Consulting, Inc., and a proposal reader for the Department of Education.

Walter M Kimbrough Added to TheGrio 100 List PDF Print E-mail
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WMK 2-20122Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University, joins 99 other African American history makers and industry leaders who are being honored during Black History Month by NBC’s This is the fourth year that NBC’s the has recognized African American industry leaders who are making a difference in the lives of others in their communities and beyond.

Honorees are selected from various categories including activism, arts, business, education, health, media, politics, science and technology, pop culture and sports. Kimbrough is the only university president recognized. He joins other nationally known figures such as Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Robin Roberts, co-host of “Good Morning America”; and Michael Strahan, former New York Giants defensive end and co-host of “Live! With Kelly and Michael,” to name a few.

Kimbrough, who is among the youngest college presidents in the nation, is known for his active use of social media to engage and stay connected with students. With just seven months at Dillard’s helm, he has already begun making strides in the New Orleans community and providing thought leadership at Dillard by bringing high-profile speakers to campus such as Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, and Tavis Smiley and Cornel West. Both events drew standing-room only audiences from New Orleans and surrounding communities.

In addition to his latest recognition, Kimbrough has received numerous honors and awards. He recently made the New Orleans Magazine list of the top 25 People to Watch in 2012. And in 2010, he made the coveted Ebony Magazine Power list of the 100 doers and influencers in the African American community, joining the likes of President and Mrs. Obama, Jay-Z, Richard Parsons, Tyler Perry, Debra Lee, Michael Jordan, and Tom Joyner. In 2009, he was named one of “25 To Watch” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

Kimbrough has written widely on the role of fraternities and sororities in education, particularly in the experiences of students of color. His book, Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities, has won popular acclaim and is now in its tenth printing. He has also been recognized for his extensive research and writing on African American men in college. “The Black Male Initiative” he created at Philander Smith College has become a model for similar programs nationwide.

Dillard to Host Student Ecology & Leadership Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Japanese Lesen resizeDillard University will host a student ecology and leadership conference from Feb. 20-23, 2013. The event, which will bring diverse undergraduate students from across the country to New Orleans, is organized by the Ecological Society of America’s Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability program (SEEDS), which encourages underrepresented students to study ecology and assume leadership in the field. The Mitsubishi Corporate Foundation for the Americas is sponsoring the event.

The conference’s theme is “Ecological Recovery and Prevention of Environmental Disasters: Harnessing Science and Building Social Resilience.” Workshops will study environmental disasters in a variety of ways, from assessment to prevention, and use Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as case studies. Field trips to sites in New Orleans will explore the impact of these cataclysmic events on ecosystems and communities and give students an opportunity to engage in recovery projects.

Featured presenters will include Dr. Lovell Agwaramgbo, professor of chemistry and chair of Dillard’s School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Dr. Amy Lesen (co-organizer of the conference), associate professor of biology and the advisor for the ESA-SEEDS chapter at Dillard; Dr. Beverly Wright, founder of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard; Dr. Scott Collins, president of the Ecological Society of America; Darryl Malek-Wiley of the Sierra Club; representatives from Tulane University and the University of New Orleans; and more.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Amy Lesen at (504) 816-4843 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Black History Month & Dillard - Great Leaders PDF Print E-mail
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In honor of Black History Month, Dillard University is spotlighting notable alumni who have made contributions to their communities and to African-American culture. Our first two subjects are currently presiding over national Greek organizations.

ButlerMcIntyre smCynthia Butler-McIntyre, ’76, National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Dillard alumna Cynthia Butler-McIntyre is a woman on a mission. Along with all the usual duties required of an organization president, she has to lead the Delta Sigma Thetas during the 100th anniversary of the sorority. Butler-McIntyre, a New Orleans native, has been called “a leader with a servant’s heart.”

On Jan. 13, 2013 the Delta Sigma Thetas visited Fair Dillard to pay tribute to the school and its local chapter. Currently, Butler-McIntyre is touring the country with her sorority sisters to share in the Delta Centennial Celebration. New Orleans was the second stop on the Delta Torch Tour, which will end in Washington, D.C. during the sorority’s 51st National Convention in July. Earlier this year, the Deltas took part in the annual Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

The Deltas have a long history of helping others and transforming lives, from women’s suffrage to the civil rights movement. They are the single largest African-American women’s organization in the U.S. and have more than 900 chapters throughout the world.

mark tillmanMark Tillman, ’88, General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Dillard alumnus Mark Tillman is a man of many accomplishments. Along with leading a global team of systems engineers at Hewlett-Packard, Tillman is an outstanding leader and speaker with the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Recently, Tillman was elected general president of the fraternity.

Originally initiated into the brotherhood at Dillard University in 1985, Tillman learned the value of being a brother in "good standing" from mentors who were instrumental in his initiation and development.

While Tillman was vice president of the Alphas’ Midwestern branch, it was ranked as the No. 1 region in the organization. His “Roadmap to Excellence” plan was instituted as an annual agenda for the Alphas. Tillman has been a leader, facilitator and speaker at several Alpha Advisors workshops. He was also the original associate dean of the College of Business and Technology for Alpha University and is currently contributing to the Organizational Effectiveness Subcommittee for Performance Measures and Indicators.

Fourth Court Appeal Hears Arguments at Dillard PDF Print E-mail
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Ortique trial centerIn honor of Black History Month, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal will hold court at Dillard University to hear oral arguments on five pending cases. The session is part of an ongoing effort to educate students and the public about the work of the appellate court. The session will convene at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6 in the Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Mock Trial Center. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal Judges Dennis Bagneris, Terri Love and Madeleine Landrieu will hear the oral arguments.

“Justice Ortique was a judicial trailblazer, civil rights activist, and mentor to many judges, and we are honored to hold oral arguments at a location that recognizes him and his contributions to Louisiana law and public service,” Love said.

The late Ortique was the first African-American elected to serve on the Louisiana Supreme Court. As an attorney and judge, he engaged in many landmark decisions. The Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Mock Trial Center grew out of Dillard University’s commitment to undergraduate students who seek careers in law, government service, criminal justice, social work, public policy, and environmental justice.

In advance of the oral arguments, Love and attorney Adria Kimbrough, wife of Dillard President Walter Kimbrough, will host an information session on Jan. 31 at noon in the West Wing of Kearny Hall. “The information session will give students and the public an overview of the appellate court process and an opportunity to ask questions,” Love said.

Both events are free and open to the public. Students are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Mona Duffel-Jones at (504) 816-4024.

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