Colleges and universities are looking for ways to offer students cheaper education and training that will get them hired in jobs which won’t be easily outsourced by technological innovation. Providing clean water to cities and communities is one of those jobs, and Dillard University will be the first in Louisiana and among the first in the HBCU sector to offer training in this globally significant industry.
A year after suspending admission for its three undergraduate nursing programs, officials at Dillard University today announced the reopening of applications for one of its signature schools.
Yesterday, news broke that four historically black universities will no longer owe the federal government money they borrowed to help rebuild campuses ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Jelani Cobb writes in the New Yorker today about Howard University and its president Wayne A.I. Frederick, offering a long-form feature of Howard’s struggles in a political and social climate which has yielded a Trump presidency, and questions about HBCU identity as it darts in and out of the consciences of America and Black America.
As Hurricane Harvey looms near the Texas coastal line and has been upgraded to Category 2 in strength, several historically black colleges have experts on large-scale weather events and post-storm recovery who should be getting national attention.
Three HBCU experts for Hurricane Harvey include:
- Dr. Robert Collins, Dillard University – Dr. Collins literally wrote the book on pre-disaster planning and post-disaster recovery and has an extensive history in research on civic infrastructure and urban planning.
- Dr. M. Chris Herring, North Carolina Central University – The executive director of NCCU’s Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development has played a critical role in engaging minority communities in disaster preparedness and response. With more than $2 million in federally-funded outreach, NCCU supported disaster training to more than 2,000 residents in 2015.
- Dr. Vernon R. Morris, Howard University – Dr. Morris is one of the nation’s top experts on atmospheric chemistry and has a specific research focus in air flows from African coasts and their impact on oceanography and weather events.
For the third consecutive year, Dillard University has set a new standard in alumni giving and engagement, announcing today more than $1.7 million in gifts given by more than 1,200 donors worldwide.
According to officials, the total alumni giving rate his tripled over the same period, an alumni effort DU President Walter Kimbrough calls essential to the school’s mission.
“One of the key indicators of the strength of any institution is the amount of giving done by alumni,” said Dillard President Walter M. Kimbrough. “Over the last three years our alumni have done a great job in raising their level of support for our students and our academic mission,” he added. “Their commitment to Dillard has made us stronger and we look for the success of the last few years to grow.”
“We are so thankful for the generosity of our alumni, who have come together in unprecedented numbers this year,” said Marc A. Barnes, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “Dillard can also be proud of the complete effort given by our advancement team, particularly over the last 90 days, in reaching out to alumni and encouraging them to give. This year was historic, and we expect to continue to make history moving forward.”
Dee-1’s ‘Sallie Mae Back’ video, a viral sensation for its ode to paying back student loans, was filmed primarily at Dillard University.
The general viewing public may be hung up on the lyrics about Negro noses and Red Lobster, but Beyoncé’s ‘Formation,’ a surprising pre-Super Bowl drop that is visually and musically an ode to American blackness, holds within its overt message a subtle call for black empowerment – messages that are intrinsic to HBCU culture and relevance.
How do HBCUs promote themselves as assets for solving some of the nation’s widest gaps for economic, political, and social disparities of black citizens? Beyoncé gives global, pop cultural gravitas to some of these issues in the video – the image of her on top of a NOLA police car in post-Katrina flood waters delivers a surface-level commentary on police surveillance, government neglect of impoverished black communities, and the ability for Blackness to, even if barely, stay above it all.
This is an opportunity to catch ‘Yoncé’s alley-oop to slam down the point of the demand for equality, and the community-based efforts to hasten the movement towards this cause. Beyoncé shows us that any time, including the eve and evening of the Super Bowl, is a good time to focus on justice.
Grant-making, legislative lobbying and corporate friend-raising efforts at HBCUs around programs of strength in criminal justice, public health and environmental justice programming. Schools like Southern, Dillard, Xavier, Texas Southern, Wiley, Howard, UDC, and NCCU all fit into a narrative surrounding these three critical issues.
Dozens of cities and regions throughout the mid-atlantic and southeastern United States would not have black art galleries, were it not for the existence of HBCUs. So every HBCU with a museum or art gallery should be rushing to get their Southern-themed collections together, so that they can promote to students, local high schools and the community some of the fashion and artistic influences seen in the ‘Formation’ video.
Black art, and the appreciation of the same, is more than an afternoon field trip for high school students or an elective for an HBCU student seeking to become a graphic artist or an art educator. It is the gateway between past and present, and the language of expression within the American context of oppression. If Beyoncé is telling you that old fashioned cotillion dresses are hot, then dammit, take advantage of it. Morgan State, Fisk, Spelman – thank Queen Bey for the free commercial.
And then there are the ‘Formation’ lyrics that should become class discussions throughout this week in HBCU classroom nationwide.
Beyoncé gave us a lot to work with over the last 24 hours via sound, image and innuendo. Now its up to HBCUs to slay that sh*t.
By: The New Orleans Advocate
A 22-year-old woman died after a shooting Saturday night in New Orleans, police said, marking the first homicide in Orleans Parish in 2016.
Around 9 p.m. Saturday, police received a call that a woman had been shot in the 3700 block of Clio Street and taken to an area hospital by private conveyance with a gunshot wound to the body. She was pronounced dead at the hospital, the New Orleans Police Department said in a news release.
According to a WDSU report, the woman had recently graduated from Dillard University with a degree in biology. Family members told WDSU that the victim is Myeisha McDaniels.