Charles R. Drew University Highlights

Outstanding Moments at CDU

  • CDU entered into a partnership in August 2018 with Stand Up To Cancer, a national organization that enables scientific breakthroughs by funding collaborative, interdisciplinary multi-institutional scientific research teams and investigators.  Together, they will work to recruit patients from under-resourced communities who can benefit from clinical trials.
  • Jazz at Drew returned on October 6, 2018, as a “can’t miss” South LA concert and fundraiser, with After 7, Miki Howard, the S.O.S. Band and the Pete Escovedo Orchestra, among other acts.
  • CDU honored the life and legacy of Dr. Loretta Jones, one of the founding members of the CDU community faculty, who passed away on Thanksgiving Day, 2018.
  • CDU hosted L.A.’s 27th Annual Empowerment Congress Summit on January 20, 2019, a civic event designed to “educate, engage and empower” the citizens of LA County. Speakers included L.A. County Second District Supervisor and Empowerment Congress founder Mark Ridley-Thomas, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and U.S. Rep. Nanette Barragán, whose district includes Willowbrook.
  • The California Future Health Workforce Commission, on which CDU President/CEO Dr. David M. Carlisle has served since April 2018, issued a series of 27 recommendations in February 2019 to eliminate California’s primary care provider shortage by 2030. The panel is co-chaired by UC Chairperson Janet Napolitano and Dignity Health President/CEO Lloyd Dean.
  • Our 4th annual President’s Breakfast policy roundtable on February 19, 2019, featured a keynote from President Obama’s Housing Secretary, former San Antonio mayor and current presidential candidate Julián Castro, who spoke eloquently and passionately on the topic:  “Diversity in Higher Education: Race Matters.”
  • On Match Day, March 15, 2019, 76 percent of our College of Medicine students matched into primary care fields, including Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, OB/Gyn and Pediatrics. Of all students matched, 70 percent will complete their residencies in California, 60 percent will remain in Southern California and nearly half will stay in Los Angeles County.
  • CDU welcomed its second class of residents in March 2019, with eight in Family Medicine and six in Psychiatry.  Together with the 2018 class, there are now 28 new physicians in training through CDU in South Los Angeles.
  • CDU hosted the LA Chamber of Commerce’s “L.A. Connects: Inspiring and connecting leaders for impact" listening tour on April 3, 2019, as President/CEO Dr. David M. Carlisle engaged in a dialog with LA Chamber President/CEO Maria Salinas.
  • At this year’s Legacy Leaders Spring Gala, on April 18, 2019, CDU honored the community contributions of Anthony Tiffith, CEO of Top Dawg Entertainment, Timothy Watkins, Sr., President and CEO of the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) and Dignity Health, the event’s first corporate honoree.
  • CDU received a $7.5 million one-time appropriation in June 2019 from the California Legislature, $5 million of which is earmarked for enrollment growth and student support services and $2.5 million for academic facilities upgrades.
  • CDU had a very good year in fundraising.  Through June 30, 2019, the University reported $6,513,900 in Gifts Received/Pledged versus a fundraising target of $4,025,000.  The Mission Maker Annual Fund Campaign raised $151,873, exceeding its fiscal year 2019 goal of $122,000 by 24 percent.
  • Plans continue for campus expansion in 2019, with CDU’s new Grand Entrance facing 120th St. slated for completion this summer, and a new Student Center expected to be open by the end of October.
  • CDU continued to establish student pipelines into the community by establishing MOUs with a variety of institutions.  They include:  West Angeles Church of God in Christ, a 24,000-member Pentecostal-Holiness Christian church in L.A.’s Crenshaw District, Ross University School of Medicine, one of the oldest and most accomplished Caribbean medical schools, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) Health, a nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity and well-being for LGBTQ and other underserved communities, AltaMed, one of the largest health care and clinic systems in L.A. County and Green Dot Public Schools, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help transform public education so ALL students graduate prepared for college, leadership and life.
  • CDU has received approval from WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) to start a BS in Psychology, with an emphasis on Community Counseling, and is currently enrolling students for Fall 2019. As a follow-up on the announcement last year, we have 57 students enrolled for summer in the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program that started in Fall 2018.
  • CDU had 319 graduates in fiscal year 2018-2019 (Summer 2018 through Spring 2019), of which, 23 were from the medical education program.