Dr. Ngozi Ezike’s appearance at Dominican University’s Black Achievements Ceremony was featured in an article published by Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune.

The article, which appeared online on May 2, focuses on Ezike’s speech to students, in which she congratulated them for their success and resiliency and encouraged them to “continue being that example of Black excellence.”

Ezike was the first Black woman and only second female to serve as director of the Illinois Department of Public Health in the organization’s 143-year history. She stepped down in March after leading the state through the COVID-19 pandemic and is set to become president and CEO of Sinai Chicago in June.

Read the news coverage of Ezike’s speech to students here.