Marsiglia Institute of Justice welcomes largest cohort for spring 2021 session


NEW ORLEANS – The Nancy M. Marsiglia Institute of Justice Wednesday announced the 32 fellows who will study the U.S. Constitution and civic engagement as part of its spring 2021 cohort. This class is the Institute’s largest to date. 

“In a time when our country feels more divided than ever, people are hungry to be part of the solution to reclaiming civil discourse,” said Charmaine Caccioppi, United Way of Southeast Louisiana Executive Vice President & COO. “The Marsiglia Institute offers a unique opportunity to engage in this type of dialogue while learning Constitutional principles.” 

The Marsiglia Institute is 12-week community course presented by United Way of Southeast Louisiana and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law designed to bring together a diverse group of citizens willing to engage in bi-partisan, civil and thoughtful dialogue about our nation and governing documents.

The 2021 virtual session will feature traditional study, class discussions and expert guest lecturers, including distinguished judges, authors, attorneys and political officials. 

“One of the strengths of the Marsiglia Institute is that there is no ‘typical’ fellow,” said Madeleine Landrieu, Dean of the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. “The diversity of thought and lived experiences of this semester’s cohort will ensure robust and challenging conversations about our democracy and the principles on which it rests.”  

Spring 2021 participants of the Marsiglia Institute include: 

•    Patricia Barnett, Barnett Fine Art
•    Ashley Brennan, Bernhard 
•    Elizabeth Bridges, Benjamin and Yancy Foundation
•    Alison Cohen, Rep. Aimee Adatto Freeman, Louisiana Legislature
•    Jillian Delos Reyes, United Way of Southeast Louisiana
•    Lindsey Jakiel Diulus, Young Leadership Council
•    Klassi Duncan, Urban League of Louisiana
•    Michelle Dunnick, United Way of Southeast Louisiana
•    Sylvia Finger, Self-Employed
•    Melissa Flournoy, Social Entrepreneur
•    Caitrin Gladow, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
•    Danielle Gray, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School
•    Debbie Holmes, Premium Hospitality
•    David Hoover, University of New Orleans
•    Maria Huete, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
•    Lorenzo Johnson, Jr., KNOS
•    Nygia Lambert, Self-Employed
•    Tiffany Lewis, Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center
•    Ann Maier, Community Organizer
•    Alli Maney, New Orleans Public Schools
•    Meaghan McCormack, St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation
•    Jesse Miller, Ochsner Health
•    KD Minor, Community Organizer
•    Lucas Mixon, Delta Airlines
•    Paulina Murphy, Choices Coordinated Care Solutions
•    Scott Peyton, Right on Crime
•    Lavaughn Riley, Premium Parking at Children’s Hospital
•    Seleigh Taylor, KIPP New Orleans
•    Ingrid Ann Thompson, Chehardy Sherman Williams
•    Rashidah Williams, Tulane University
•    Felicia Young, Higher Minds of Education, LLC
•    Tania Zachari, Techniques International Corp.

The Marsiglia Institute is named in honor of the late Nancy M. Marsiglia, a tireless community activist for social justice. More information on the Institute can be found at


About United Way of Southeast Louisiana
For 95 years, United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives and making a lasting difference. We fight to eradicate poverty by preparing people for quality jobs, growing incomes, and affording better health and education opportunities throughout Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes. We have a bold vision of equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated, and financially stable – and we have a plan. United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Blueprint for Prosperity guides all strategic investments in programs, initiatives, collaborations, volunteerism, and advocacy aimed at tackling poverty. For more information, please visit Find us on social: @UnitedWaySELA. 


About Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
In 1914, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law opened its doors and has been opening the minds of future law professionals ever since. In the Jesuit tradition of academic rigor, pursuit of justice, and service to others, the College of Law has as its mission to educate future members of the Bar to be skilled advocates and sensitive counselors-at-law committed to ethical norms in pursuit of dignity for all. The College of Law offers both civil law and common law curriculums, full time day and part-time evening programs, as well as three joint degree programs. Critical and analytical thinking, ethics and professionalism, and a commitment to serve the community of the 21st century are fostered and encouraged. The College of Law faculty is a community of scholars committed to academic excellence in teaching and scholarship, as well as service for others.