Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough Honored With 2016 Advocate For Higher Education Award

kimbroughWalter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University, was honored with the 2016 Advocate for Higher Education Award by the Counselors to Higher Education section of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA CHE) at a dinner in New Orleans in April.

Kimbrough is the first leader of a historically Black college or university to receive the award, which was created in 2009 to recognize an individual who has done the most to advocate on behalf of America’s higher education system.

Kimbrough then delivered the Patrick Jackson Lecture to an audience of more than 175 university communications and marketing professionals. In his remarks, Kimbrough emphasized the need for universities to articulate a clear and bold mission, and he encouraged university presidents to take a stand on the important issues of the day in higher education and in society.

New Orleans Selected To Receive $1.5M Grant Reduce Jail Population 

New Orleans received a $1.5 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to implement reforms to safely reduce the City’s jail population and address racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system.

New Orleans is one of 11 jurisdictions chosen to receive significant funding and access to expert technical assistance to implement a plan for reform over the next two years. In total, nearly $25 million was awarded in support of ambitious plans to create fairer, more effective local justice systems across the country.

The grant is a part of the Safety and Justice Challenge—the Foundation’s $75 million initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. In May 2015, New Orleans was chosen to receive a $150,000 grant from the Foundation to develop a plan for reform following a highly-competitive selection process that drew applications from nearly 200 jurisdictions from 45 states and territories.

New Orleans will use the Foundation’s continued support in Phase II to address the main drivers of local incarceration, including racial and ethnic disparities, through a mix of common-sense and innovative solutions.

2016 Annual NORBC Meeting Luncheon

gobertNew Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce will present its annual luncheon held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Celestin Ballroom from 11:30 a.m- 1:30 p.m., Thursday April 21.

Networking and registration will be from 11:30 a.m. till noon, then the luncheon will begin from noon-1:30 p.m.

The luncheon provides an opportunity for attendees to network with fellow business owners, corporate executives and government officials. An executive briefing featuring Senator Karen Carter Peterson and Representative Walt Leger discussing the effects of the 2016 State Budget on African American Businesses.

For more information on sponsorships or tickets, visit www.norbchamber.org

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