Day 9: The Role of Academia in Entrepreneurship Development

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Today, our team met with Southern University’s College of Business and Law School to learn more about the role each institution plays in supporting the community’s economic and entrepreneurial development.

Dean Don Andrews of Southern University’s College of Business emphasized the importance of developing human capital in fostering entrepreneurship in the community. In recent years, SU has been focused on cultivating partnerships across universities and geographical regions in order to provide their students with access to a variety of talented professors across universities. Furthermore, they have recently begun participating in a program partnering with the universities along the delta region for students to attend an annual entrepreneurship workshop.

This emphasis on growing students and instilling in them a certain set of values is eminent in every element of the school. Indeed, Chancellor Pierre of the law school spoke proudly of the law school’s values of social responsibility, evident in the free law clinic for the community and in the students’ willingness to help any stranger.

Seriousness of purpose, indeed.

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