Carlisle Takes Reins as CDU's Sixth President

David M. Carlisle, M.D., Ph.D, who began his tenure last Friday as president of Charles Drew University, has scheduled his first forum.

He plans to meet staff, students and faculty on Fri., July 8 for an hour in Keck Lecture Hall. Dr. Carlisle will likely talk about his new role, while fielding questions from the audience. The session starts at noon.

The immediate past director of the office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Dr. Carlisle, has spent two days meeting as many people as possible from his second-floor office in Cobb Hall. On Tuesday, he listened in on classes so he could introduce himself to students -- a policy he plans to continue as his schedule allows. Getting acquainted with others away from his office is best, he said.

Saunders Receives Top Honors from Alumni Office for Her Service 

Jackie Brown
Carmen Saunders, who earned in 2000 a radiography degree, received the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Service Award.

Ms. Saunders was honored for demonstrating exceptional leadership and volunteer work in creating the College of Science and Health Alumni Network.

“With irrepressible pluck, she will go the extra mile to ensure that CDU alumni have a permanent place and a voice at the university,” said Jackie Brown, who directs the Office of Alumni. Ms. Saunders is a testament to the university’s mission. She is included on a ‘short list’ of alumni who have been preceded here by other family members. 

Her father, Albert, returned here to get a college degree in Health Services Administration and substance abuse at CDU. Her sister, Mary, who was a medical student in the CDU/UCLA Medical Education Program, told her about CDU where she could work and finish her degree.

Ms. Saunders enrolled at the university,  furthering her education and boosting her career.  Today, she is the clinical coordinator for the Radiography program at CDU.

“I am very pleased to receive this honor,” Ms. Saunders said. “I dedicate this award to all the alumni from CDU that demonstrate excellence through service to the underserved and to those seeking to end health disparities. Being a CDU alumnus allows me to lend my voice to help others achieve, excel, and serve the communities that need health care the most.”


Looking for High School Students Who Want to be Challenged

The College of Science and Health is accepting applications for the upcoming pre-college enrichment program called College Bound Prep Plus, starting in September. Applications are due Mon., Aug. 1.

The College Bound PREP Plus program is designed to increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, the so-called STEM subjects. This program,  free to eligible high school students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades, is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) Grant #P120A0069.

If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Sasha E. Heard at 323-563-5886 or for an information sheet or an application.  


News in Brief


Attend Lecture on Health Issues

Zócalo Public Square, a Los Angeles-based ideas web publication and speaker series, has invited all staff, faculty, students to an event co-presented with the California HealthCare Foundation. The lecture, “How Can We Take Charge of Our Health?” begins Wed., July 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Shannon Brownlee, acting director of the health policy program at the New America Foundation, plans to discuss how this issue, and what individuals can do to make sure they get the treatment they want and nothing more, what they need and nothing less. This event is made possible by a generous grant from the California HealthCare Foundation. After the lecture, audience members can continue in conversation with Ms. Brownlee at a hosted reception. Please call Jessica Choi for information at 213-381-2541 or 818-640-1885.

Faculty Mixer Planned

The CDU Division of Community Engagement will host a networking forum for the community faculty to meet members of the academic faculty. In doing so, the faculty groups can discover common research interests that lead to joint projects. The event will be held July 29 in the Cobb Student Lounge and Lobby from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Melanie Rodriguez at 323-249-5702 or

Good News Radio

"Good News Radio Magazine," created by CDU's Division of Community Engagement, can be heard Wednessdays beginning at 1 p.m.  on KTYM 1460-AM. Co-hosted by Nell Forge, Ph.D. and Charles McWells through the university's Division of Community Engagement, this week's show is titled, "Teen Sexuality and Birth Control." The program, which is designed to promote holistic health and research outcomes, also can be heard on the internet at


Become a Mission Maker Today

The Mission Maker campaign has raised just over half of its $50,000 goal. If you would like to donate to the campaign, which supports the university, its mission and its students, then please contact Blanch Ross. She can be reached at 323-563-4992, or at  


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Charles Drew University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, Charles Drew University has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research. Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians, according to the Greenlining Institute.