PICO-Louisiana donates $3,500 to SU’s Jewell Prestage Center


BATON ROUGE, La. - PICO-Louisiana, a statewide interfaith group, has donated $3,500 to Southern University toward the development of the Jewell Limar Prestage Survey and Research Center to be housed in the school's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The group's donation comes after Social and Behavioral Sciences assistance in conducting research for study PICO titled "Structures of Inequity: Race, Incarceration, and the Health of Louisiana Children."

The SU research team included Dr. William Arp III, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Leslie Grover, Public Administration; Dr. Eric Horent, Public Administration; Dr. Revathi Hines, Department of Political Science; and Patricia Smith, Administrative Assistant to the Dean's Office.

PICO said the research will be used to inform and encourage a change in policies that address the issues of mass incarceration, and obesity in Louisiana.

The Prestage Survey and Research Center is dedicated posthumously to the 33-year legacy to Dr. Jewell Prestage, a scholar, mentor and the first Dean of the School of Public Policy.

Dr. Prestage was the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. in Political Science in the United States, and is credited with facilitating the academic careers of hundreds of African-American Ph.D. scholars nationwide.      

The Prestage Center will be a revenue generating facility that will train students in the collection and analysis of public policy data. The Center will conduct surveys for and provide a wide range of research and technical assistance services to federal, state, and municipal governments, private nonprofit agencies, businesses, and University faculty and departments.

Services include market research, needs assessments, program evaluation, and public policy analyses. 



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