In this episode I’m excited to talk about all things Historical Black College & University (HBCU) with my guest, Ms. Lauren Youngblood. A graduate of Dillard University located in New Orleans, LA, Lauren shares tons of great gems about becoming a student on the campus of a historically Black college during a tumultuous time in American history and how being an alumni has shaped her adulthood.

The 411: Dillard University & New Orleans, Louisiana
Dillard University is a private HBCU and liberal arts institution situated in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is associated with the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ. Dillard provides a liberal arts-based curriculum focused on African American history and culture. Founded in 1830, the average cost after financial aid is $19,000.  As one of the 107 HBCUs in the country, Dillard University admits 39% of its applicants and has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1300. 

La Nouvelle (French for “new”)Orleans was founded by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville in 1718. Located along the Mississippi River in the southeastern region of the U.S. state of Louisiana. Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” it’s known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival which features costumed parades and street parties. 

Other Resources
* Follow Lauren on IG
* Dig deeper into Dillard University on U.S. News Best College Rankings
* The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) shares about the economic impact of the HBCUs in Louisiana
* Colleges in Louisiana

Other HBCUs in Louisiana
Grambling State
Southern University and A&M College
Southern University at New Orleans
Southern University at Shreveport
Xavier University

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