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Tiger for Life Podcast: Lewis Shepherd ('80)

Stories & Reflections on Black History at Ouachita

Tiger for Life podcastFebruary 25, 2021 - Jon Merryman

Lewis ShepherdThis episode of the Tiger For Life Podcast features double Ouachita graduate Dr. Lewis Shepherd ('80). After earning his bachelor's degree in religion and his master's degree in education at Ouachita, Dr. Shepherd began serving as a bi-vocational pastor and has served since 2000 at Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Arkadelphia. While serving local churches, Dr. Shepherd has also served in various roles at Ouachita and Henderson, including his current position as Ouachita's special assistant to the president where he focuses on advancing racial diversity while supporting and creating a sense of belonging for students, alumni and faculty and staff of color.

Dr. Shepherd shares about integration at Ouachita in the 1960s, how Ouachita has continued to welcome and support students of color, how the work continues today and some of his favorite Ouachita memories as a student and now as a staff member.


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