The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded Xavier University of Louisiana a $500,000 grant to fund the Center for Equity, Justice and the Human Spirit at Xavier. The grant will fund initiatives aimed at improving child well-being, building leaders, and advancing community engagement and racial equity through a focus on building stronger ties between community, policy and practice in education, health, environment and criminal justice reform.
The new administration at Xavier University of Louisiana has made plans to remove and restructure the entire Office of Student Affairs, which means key staff members will lose their jobs. Over the past few weeks, that plan and other decisions have sparked disapproval from alumni, staff and students, who circulated a petition that garnered nearly 2,800 signatures.
Some recent actions have made the Xavier community question the administration’s strategic plans and the identity and direction of the university itself.
Xavier’s President C. Reynold Verret and Vice President of Student Affairs Curtis Wright laid out plans for staff restructuring in emails sent to the Xavier community earlier this month. Wright’s May 16 letter went into detail about the changes:
For decades, Xavier University has ranked first in making African-Americans into medical professionals. This status led three young men to study at the university twenty years ago.
Xavier’s 2019 commencement featured alumni Dr. Pierre Johnson ’02, Dr. Maxime Madhere ’02, and Dr. Joseph Semien, Jr., ’01 as keynote speakers and honorary degree recipients. The three—who formed a brotherly bond at Xavier—now practice medicine and have co-authored a book about their journey to success.
In an unprecedented accomplishment for the university, six Xavier University of Louisiana students received awards at the 2018 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) for their innovative research in the Science, Technology, and Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) fields.
Students presented their research to a panel of experts in such areas as chemistry, biology, neuroscience, psychology, and physiology at the conference in November.
The remainder of April’s weekly meetings of the NOPD Second District will be held at Xavier University, police said.
The meetings, which are open to the public, will be held at their usual 1 p.m. Wednesday times on April 13, 20 and 27, in room 115 of the pharmacy building at Xavier. Visitors are encouraged to get parking directions at the university police office at the corner of South Carrollton and Drexel.
The NOPD Second District spans much of Uptown from Louisiana Avenue to the Jefferson Parish line.
An auction of nearly 100 state-owned houses around the city drew so many people to a Xavier University auditorium Saturday morning that the fire marshal raised concerns about capacity, prompting organizers to ask observers to leave and make room for actual bidders.
The hundreds of people at the auction represented a wide divergence of opinions on the Road Home process, however, from those thrilled to be getting the homes restored and back onto the market to others who questioned how they arrived on the auction block to begin with.