Dillard 2020 alumni featured in advocacy organization’s campaign

Dillard University 2020 graduates Breanna Bailey and Seantrell Lemar

Dillard University 2020 graduates Breanna Bailey and Seantrell Lemar

 By Eddie Francis, efrancis@dillard.edu 
 June 9, 2020

NEW ORLEANS – Two Dillard alumni are featured in a campaign that celebrates college students who have overcome obstacles to earn their degrees. Breanna Bailey ‘20 and Seantrell Lemar ‘20 are part of Complete College America’s #20for20 Grads Campaign. The two will also be featured on the organization’s Twitter account to tell their stories; Bailey will be featured June 10 and Lemar, June 18.

 

College Complete America (CCA) addresses issues of equity and college completion rates by working with entities to promote structural reform and policies to improve student success. The organization serves a broad cross section of students who are affected by such issues. 

 

Dr. Nia Haydel, CCA’s vice president of Alliance Engagement and Institutional Transformation and Dillard’s former University College dean, wrote in a notification email to the University that the campaign features a diverse group of students, including first-generation, parents and adults who returned to college to earn their degrees. 

 

The two new Bleu Devil alumni shared that their experiences at Dillard made a difference in their lives. Bailey noted on her profile, “I quickly came to understand that the right academic exposure would open unimaginable possibilities.” She will be participating in a summer program at LSU Health Sciences Center and looking to enroll in medical school in 2021.

 

Lemar, whose story was captured by the Office of Communications and Marketing, wrote on his #20for20Grad profile, “I learned how to be my own person and make the decisions I thought were best for me; even if I mess up along the way, there’s always something to gain.” Making plans to be a physician, Lemar also wrote that he misses sitting along the Oaks.

 

According to their website, “CCA envisions a nation where all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or familial educational achievement, have equal opportunities to access and complete a college education or credential of value because postsecondary institutions, policy makers, and systems of higher education welcome, invest in, and support these students through and to an on-time completion.”

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