Clyde R. Simien is a founding partner in the law firm of Simien and Miniex since its inception in 1987. He is a graduate of Southern University Law Center where he was an Editor of the Southern University Law Review and member of the Moot Court Board where he received the Best Oral Arguer Award, and he was a member of the Best Moot Court Team. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette).
Clyde is a former Assistant Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). He taught at the University from 1986 to 1989. He has been a member of the Louisiana Independent Public Accountants since 1986. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has been recognized as one of the Top Trial Lawyers in America.
Words of Wisdom from Clyde Simien
"Striving to be successful is never easy. It is not luck, but hard work and determination that will help you reach your goals. Hard work is what has gotten each of you to this important moment in your young lives, and it will enable you to follow your dreams. Dream about making a difference in life and dreaming big dreams.
While you’ve made a hugely significant step today, don’t let this be the last step that you take.
We urge you to continue your success. Everyone wants you to succeed. And, as happy as we are about what you have accomplished up to now, none of us want your accomplishments to end here. We want you to be more than a college graduate, period. We want you to become professionals, doctors, lawyers, school teachers, etc. While you’ve made a hugely significant step today, don’t let this be the last step that you take."
This year, a total of 581 undergraduate and graduate students are recognized as recipients of the Black Student Achievement Award, which recognizes success, persistence, and high academic achievement. Recipient names are listed in the videos below, by college.
Photos of Award Recipients
As a way to engage award recipients virtually, students were encouraged to post personal photos with their award certificates on social media using hashtag #ULBlackAchievementAwards. Below are several students sharing their excitement about receiving the Black Student Achievement Award this year.
Each year, the Black Faculty and Staff Association presents four scholarships to the highest achieving award recipients. Our 2020 scholarship recipients are featured below.
Bianca L. Broussard, from the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, is a senior majoring in health information management. She is involved in the Honors Program, the UL Lafayette Health Information Management Society (HIMS) and the Louisiana Health Information Management Association (LHIMA).
Quincy M. Damon, from the College of Business Administration, is a junior majoring in finance. He is a member of the Honors Program, a mentee for 100 Black Men, and a tutor in the TRIO Program.
Olawale Ariyibi is pursuing a Master's degree in Geology. He is a mentor and tutor to undergraduate students, a community volunteer, and an active participant in the Geosciences research community.
Brooklyn York is pursuing a Master's degree in Counselor Education. She is currently an intern in the Counseling and Testing Center, and she plans to work in a community mental health center. One day, she hopes to open or join a private practice.