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Loyola's Andre Perry featured in local documentary, engages educational panels

September 2, 2011

Andre Perry, Ph.D., the associate director for educational initiatives for Loyola University New Orleans’ Institute for Quality and Equity in Education has recently participated in several civic engagement events.

Perry joined filmmaker Gemal Woods and entrepreneur Wilbert "Chill" Wilson to unveil “Close Ties – Tying on a New Tradition,” a documentary primarily set in a barbershop located in the Carrollton neighborhood. The film focuses on the positive impact that mentoring can make in the lives of young, African-American, male, high school students in inner city New Orleans. A private screening and post-documentary discussion were held at Canal Place Cinema in downtown New Orleans on Aug. 18.

In addition to the theatrical release, Perry participated in two prominent educational forums in the last 10 days. The first focused on building statewide partnerships to advance quality afterschool and youth programs, while the second discussed the current and future state of educational reform in a post-Katrina Gulf Coast.

“I feel excited to represent Loyola as we take an active role in reforming how we address education for our young people here in Louisiana,” Perry said.

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