Dykema Attorney Named Dillard University Graduate, Bonnie Mayfield, to Diversity Committee
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BLOOMFIELD 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
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.
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.
Dillard University to offer free job training in hazardous waste management
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.
Helen Bougere and Dr. Ruby Broadway recognized at "Focus on Women" Luncheon
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.
N.O. university leaders discuss affordability, workforce development
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New Orleans university leaders -- Dr. Walter Kimbrough, of Dillard University, Dr. Peter Fos, of University of New Orleans, Dr. Victor Ukpolo, of Southern University at New Orleans, of Michael Fitts, Tulane University -- about affordability and workforce development.
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