Dillard University’s Campus Entrance, New Orleans, LA. Photo creds: HCF’s Division of Communications and Marketing.

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Nicholls State University and Dillard University have signed an agreement to work together to prepare students for a modern business environment. The memorandum of understanding will allow Dillard College of Business graduates a seamless transfer pathway to Nicholls’ Master of Business Administration program.

“The Nicholls MBA program is continuously seeking ways to broaden the diversity of its student population,” said Ray Peters, director of the Nicholls MBA and EMBA programs and professor of leadership. “Similar to our agreement with Grambling State University, we are adding a portal to qualified African-American students. Dillard is an outstanding institution, and its business graduates would undoubtedly enhance our program.”

Dillard is an accredited private, historically black university in New Orleans. Dillard’s College of Business was established in 1984 when the Division of Business was created from the University’s Division of Social Sciences. The Division of Business eventually became the School of Business, and now, the College of Business. This evolution is a testament to the fact that the faculty and staff of the College of Business have diligently fulfilled the charge for educational excellence and student satisfaction. The College of Business delivers business education through innovative, student-centered teaching and scholarships.

“Through this Memorandum of Understanding between Dillard University and Nicholls State University, the two universities will work together to prepare students to meet workforce development needs as well-educated, responsible, and engaged business professionals,” said Dr. Kristen Broady, dean of the Dillard College of Business and Barron Hilton Endowed Professor of Economics.”I am excited about this opportunity for our students and I look forward to working with our new partners at Nicholls.”

The Nicholls MBA prepares current and future professionals to face an evolving future. Students will study economic conditions, technological changes, diversity, international issues and the political and legal environment. “Anything we can do to upskill students, helping them prepare for careers need, is beneficial to economies throughout the regions,” said Peters. “It’s an opportunity for continued growth and development.”

For more information on the Nicholls MBA program, click here.

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A study performed by the American Council on Education Center for Policy Research and Strategy, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) play an integral role in the education of students of color, those from low-income backgrounds, and students who are first in their family to attend college. The data in the report verify that working assumption with concrete numbers that show income mobility by students who attended MSIs across the country exceeding mobility rates at non-MSIs. This distinction is an important one to make at a time, when public implications for institutions – including many MSIs – already struggling with low general and educational expenditures and endowment sizes. This distinction is further important given the outsized performance of MSIs in generating income mobility even while they are operating with limited resources.

The importance of MSIs to individual students, families, communities, and our national economy cannot be overstated. MSIs are ubiquitous to the postsecondary landscape, representing roughly one-fifth of all degree-granting, Title IV-eligible institutions of higher education in 2014-15. In this same year, taken together, approximately 700 MSIs enrolled 4.8 million students, or 28 percent of all undergraduates enrolled in U.S. higher education.

Finally, there is evidence that MSIs provide students of color with stronger academic experiences and more supportive environments whole in college than do non-MSIs.

According to the latest study conducted by the American Council on Education (ACE) Center for Policy Research and Strategy, Alcorn State University, Southern University and A&M College, Lincoln University (PA), Dillard University, and Alabama State University leads other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the Minority Serving Institutions category as Engines of Upward Mobility study.

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The date presented in this report verify a working assumption of those familiar with MSIs – that these institutions are standouts in the field for their contribution to income mobility. This distinction is important given the outsized performance of MSIs in generating upward income mobility even whole they are operating with limited resources. Further, across the whole of higher education, we could stand to learn and share the policies and practices employed by the top-performing MSIs, such that the field can from their success.

To view the entire study, visit http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Documents/MSIs-as-Engines-of-Upward-Mobility.pdf.

ELIZABETH CITY, NC – Elizabeth City State University’s 165th Fall Commencement will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the R.L. Vaughan Center. Dillard University’s president Dr. Water M. Kimbrough will deliver the keynote address.

Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough

According to a press release by the university, Dr. Kimbrough is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and Miami University in Miami, Ohio, Dr. Kimbrough earned a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University. He has made his career in student affairs, serving at Emory University, Georgia State University, Old Dominion University, and 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 37, he was named the 12th president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2012 he became the 7th president of Dillard University in New Orleans.

Kimbrough has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African American men in college. He has also has been noted for his active use of social media in articles by The Chronicle of Higher Education, and in the book “Follow The Leader: Lessons in Social Media Success from Higher Ed CEOs.”

He was cited in 2010 by Bachelors Degree.org as one of 25 college presidents you should follow on Twitter, by Education Dive as one of 10 college presidents on Twitter who are doing it right (@HipHopPrez), and in 2015 he was named by The Best Schools.org as one of the 20 most interesting college presidents.

A 1986 initiate of the Zeta Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., at the University of Georgia, Dr. Kimbrough was the Alpha Phi Alpha College Brother of the Year for the Southern Region and served at the Southern Region Assistant Vice President. Dr. Kimbrough has forged a national reputation as an expert on fraternities and sororities, with specific expertise regarding historically Black, Latin and Asian groups. He is the author of the book, “Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities.”

Dr. Kimbrough was named the 1994 New Professional of the Year for the Association of Fraternity Advisors. In 2009, he was named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of 25 To Watch. In 2010, he made the 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 and Tyler Perry.

In February 2013 he was named to NBC News/The Griot.com’s 100 African-Americans making history today, a group which includes Kerry Washington, Mellody Hobson, and Kendrick Lamar. Dr. Kimbrough was named male HBCU President of the Year for 2014 by HBCU Digest.

 

NEW ORLEANS, L.A. – Dillard University (a private, liberal arts historically black college) located in New Orleans has announce that multi-talented superstar Janelle Monáe will deliver this year’s commencement address. The 81st Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 13, at 8 a.m., on the historic Avenue of the Oaks. The University will confer more than 160 undergraduate degrees that day.

According to the University’s press release, Monáe is a multi-Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, performer, actor, producer and CoverGirl spokesperson known for her unique style and groundbreaking sound. She’s also known for her activism speaking out against social justices, police brutality and civic rights. Last fall, Monáe launched Fem the Future, an initiative to create more opportunities to advance the awareness inclusion and opportunities for women and those identify as women through music, arts, mentorship and education.

“Janelle Monáe’s significant accomplishment in music and particularly, film and STEM, both signature programs here at Dillard, along with her activism made her the ideal person to deliver a timely message to our graduates,” President Walter M. Kimbrough, Ph.D., said. So for more than a year, he pursued Monáe for the University’s commencement speaker. Kimbrough tracked her down going through magazine reporters, record companies, and finally the national president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, to get her to Dillard University. He said: “I believe this is her first commencement speech and we are very excited to see this day come.”

Monáe hasn’t allowed her fame to silence her from being vocal on injustices. Conversely, Monáe has used fame as a platform and her political activism is well-documented. During a 2015 performance on NBC’s “Today,” Monáe performed her protest song “Hell You Talmbout.” Last February, Monáe performed at a concert in Flint, Mich., to raise money for the city’s recent water crisis. In January, after the most recent presidential election, she spoke and performed at the Women’s March on Washington that drew a record-breaking crowd.

As 2016 closed, Monáe took her talent to the silver screen, starring as a lead actor in the dramas Hidden Figures and Moonlight. Both films earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture, with Moonlight winning the award at the 89th Academy Awards. Hidden Figures centers around the true story of three African-American women who work for NASA and help make John Glenn the first person to orbit the Earth in 1962. The film also stars Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, and Kevin Costner. Hidden Figures won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Moonlight, produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and A24, chronicles the coming-of-age of Chiron (Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes), a young man facing an uphill battle with his sexuality during Miami’s turbulent war-on-drugs era in the 1970s. Moonlight also stars Naomie Harris, André Holland and Mahershala Ali.

Using Hidden Figures as a catalyst, Monae has become an advocate for STEM, and in a interview with Teen Vogue she said: “I hope we see more girls from all backgrounds working in STEM [science, technology, engineering, mathematics] as a result of it being on-screen.”
For more information regarding Commencement, visit Dillard University’s website at www.dillard.edu.