About CDU

October 2013

Message from the President

This month, I was honored to deliver the annual State of the University Address for Charles Drew. It's my honor to celebrate our accomplishments, to articulate our challenges, and to engage in a conversation with our community about the work being done within these four walls.

A year ago, I reported to you on the progress we had made in overcoming significant adversity. I said that just as the University had literally been formed out of the ashes of a broken and battered city, we had risen once again. And I spoke of the steps we had taken to regain our accreditations and our financial footing -- vital steps on the path to regaining our standing in the community.

If anything, last year’s speech was largely retrospective and introspective. My goal one year ago was to plant a flag and tell this community—and the world —“We’re back!”

This year, we are focused on our vision statement: “Excellent health and wellness for all persons, peoples and communities, in a world without health disparities.” As a member of this community, I thank you for contributing to that mission.


President David Carlisle

New website comes to CDU

In the first week of November, the CDU website will have a brand new look! Thanks to the input from many across the University, we'll have a website that showcases our current dynamic work. The first phase will feature a new homepage and new content in most sections of the site.

The second phase, to be launched in February 2014, will feature improvements in the Research, Faculty/Staff, and Alumni sections of the site. The CDU Advancement office will be launching a Web Users group to keep the website up-to-date. Contact our webmaster, Ali Roshan, with any concerns or feedback: ali.roshan@cdrewu.edu.    

Dr. Carlisle delivers "State of the University" address

On October 7, 2013, Dr. Carlisle delivered his second state of the university address. Speaking before an audience of students, faculty, staff, and community members, Dr. Carlisle recognized the university's achievements over the last year in education, community involvement and research's “ "

Welcome new Chief Budget and Planning Officer

Join us in welcoming's our new Chief Budget and Planning Officer, Paul Craig. He will provide direction and supervision for campus budget processes, operations, reporting and Board of Trustee budgetary actions. He will take the lead role in the development of the University's budget, the implementation and maintenance of budget systems, and training of campus budget users. Mr. Craig has more than 30 years of financial and operational leadership experience.

Please join me in welcoming Paul to the community!"

CDU blood drive a great success

The Charles R. Drew Student Government (CDSG) “Saving Lives“ Blood Drive held on October 16, was a successful event. We had a great turnout, with dozens of generous blood donors. We sincerely appreciate the support from the entire CDU family.

Dr. Paul Torrens lectures on "ObamaCare"

This month, Dr. Paul Torrens, MPH, Professor Emeritus, Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health conducted a seminar entitled "Understanding ObamaCare: What It Is and What It Isn’t." Dr. Torrens discussed the historic origins of healthcare reform, which dates back to 1916 when Theodore Roosevelt introduced it to a turbulent labor environment.

Dr. Torrens also explained Obamacare according to four major themes: reducing the uninsured; regulating private insurance; controlling rising costs of healthcare; and changing the healthcare delivery system. Learn more about Dr. Torrens.

"Pizza with the Dean"

Dr. Gail Orum hosted a “Pizza with the Dean," an interactive session with College of Science and Health (COSH) students. Students appreciate the informal setting as the Dean addressed their concerns and proffered immediate solutions to their needs. CDSG would like to thank Dr. Gail Orum for such an excellent meeting and providing lunch to the students. Join us next month!

"A Taste of Soul"

For the 8th year in a row, CDU was proud to join LA's largest street festival— Taste of Soul. On Saturday, October 19th, CDU along with their HIV/AIDS Education and Outreach project. The mobile testing van provided 20 minute OraQuick HIV Rapid tests, which provides test results in 20 minutes. For the first time, CDU extended its participation to include a farmers' market. CDU received funding last year from the Department of Agriculture to implement a weekly farmers' market in South LA. Read more about CDU's participation in the LA Sentinel.


Helping improve CDU

Over the course of several campus improvement vetting sessions, the community discussed numerous suggestions for making CDU a better place. We'll be exploring making campus maps available in CDU facilities and erecting directory kiosks around campus.

Stay tuned for future campus improvements, and please continue to give your suggestions for improving CDU.

CDU alumnus wins SALEF scholarship

Join us in congratulating Veronica Aguilar for receiving the Salvadoran American Leadership & Educational Fund (SALEF) scholarship last month. Veronica is a CDU Urban MPH Program alumnus MPH, Vice President, Pre-Med Society and current post baccalaureate student.  As a scholarship recipient, Veronica will have the opportunity to become a mentor in SALEF's programs, and will participate in various community service events throughout the year.

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