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Panelist Bio


Gerri Hobdy
Director of Partnership Relations Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Louisiana

Gerri Hobdy is the Director of Partnership Relations for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. In that role she serves as the administrator of the Foundation’s disaster relief funds after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. Hobdy provided oversight for response programs including the InCourage Program , a mental health initiative for people impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

Hobdy facilitates the Foundation's partnership with the Louisiana Association of Non Profit Organizations (LANO), members of the regional Volunteer Organizations Assisting in Disaster (VOAD) and other non-profits critical in response efforts. Some of the members of the VOAD include the Capital Area Food Bank, Capital Area Red Cross, Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge, the Salvation Army, Louisiana City Year, Capital Area United Way, and Volunteer Baton Rouge!

Hobdy's recent work includes convening non-profits and Faith Based organizations to prepare for future disasters. Following Katrina, Hobdy was responsible for the distribution of Lincoln Center's Higher Ground Fund that assisted over 200 musicians displaced by the Hurricanes and numerous music service organizations.

Hobdy also managed many other disaster funds including the Mercy Corps Fund, the Starbucks Coast Fund that supported community resiliency efforts, and the Avon Disaster Fund that supported domestic violence programs across the Gulf South Louisiana. She served on grant advisory committees for the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps and the Louisiana Recovery Authority.

Hobdy is a founding member of the Greater Baton Rouge Funder's Circle and the Council on Foundation's Literacy Funders Network. Former position's include a 10 year tenure as the Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development and State Historic Preservation Officer in the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

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     11/18 - An Eye on Admissions

What standards should be used for college admissions?
This fall, LSU instituted a “holistic admissions” process for incoming students which relies more on essays and recommendations than on College Board test scores and grade point averages. Proponents of the move say it’s a better way to identify strong students while opening up opportunities for families not financially able to afford prep classes for standardized exams. Opponents say the move will increase student attrition and could endanger LSU’s flagship status. Examine the new standards from several different perspectives.

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “An Eye on Admissions” Wednesday, November 21 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Alexandria; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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