As Louisiana's oldest historically Black institution of higher learning, Dillard University has served as an engine of equity. A four-year faith-based liberal arts university, Dillard has been recognized by Washington Monthly as a "Best Bang for the Buck" southern university and by The New York Times and U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's best performers in social mobility. The University's lineage includes such trailblazing alumni as: Louisiana's first Black governor, P.B.S. Pinchback; the state's first Black Supreme Court justice, Revius Ortique Jr.; the first Black Federal Elections Commission chair, Shana Broussard; the first Black 5th Circuit Court of Appeals judge, Carl Stewart; former Louisiana poet laureate, Brenda Marie Osbey; and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Jericho Brown. Dillard remains true to its mission of cultivating ethical, courageous and thoughtful leaders by providing students with a sense of community, purpose and signature academic support.