Derek Olivier Research Institute



The Derek Olivier Research Institute’s (DORI) for the Prevention of Gun Violence collects, analyzes, and tracks data trends to violence to harness best practices and solutions for the prevention of violent behaviors detrimental to community safety.



The impact of DORI will have a substantial effect on the long-term identity of Arkansas Baptist College while maintaining our commitment to teaching excellence.” DORI is not a program, but a research institute that assists/support programs, centers, clubs, schools, academies, institutions, law enforcement, etc. This support comes in the form of data/research on why Black males are being killed by other Black males, and why they are the killing kings per capita for any ethnic group in the U.S. since 1950.


Derek Joseph Olivier was an Arkansas Baptist Football player whose life was cut short by gunfire in September 2012. Derek was shot and killed not far from the Arkansas Baptist College campus while he was helping a friend change a tire. To date, no arrests have been made. Derek is survived by his father Joseph, mother, Alma Marie; sister, Felicia; brother, Antoine; and a host of relatives and friends in his hometown Iberia, LA and around the country. Derek’s loved ones refuse to allow his death to be in vain by simply resulting in yet another casualty of black-on-black crime.

As such, the 13th President, Dr. Fitzgerald Hill (2006-2016) established the Derek Olivier Research Institute (DORI) for the Prevention of Gun Violence, formerly under the auspice of the Urban Community Leadership Program (currently Vice President of Academic Affairs & VP of Student Affairs, Dr. Tracey Moore) as a means to study and remedy the problems that plague urban communities.