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Xavier University of Louisiana

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1 Drexel Drive
New Orleans, Louisiana 70125
(504) 486-8000
Email address
School Information
"Xavier’s origins date back to 1915, when then Mother Katharine Drexel, a former Philadelphia socialite who founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and devoted her life to the education of African Americans and Native Americans, opened a high school on the site previously occupied by Southern University. A Normal School, offering one of the few career fields (teaching) open to Blacks at the time, was added two years later. Ten years later, in 1925, Xavier University of Louisiana became a reality when the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences was established. The first degrees were awarded three years later. In 1927, a College of Pharmacy was opened" (Source: The university has 3,300 students in its total enrollment. The student to faculty ratio is 13 to 1. The university offers 50 majors.
General Information
In response to the anti-racism movement, Xavier has created numerous initiatives for diversity and inclusion programming. Xavier has sought to implement diversity in its core curriculum for both undergraduates and graduates. At this time, Xavier offers 51 training programs for diversity and inclusion, both for students and for faculty. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • Xavier will "use a racial equity lens to assess/audit internal policies and practices on matters such as financial aid and scholarships, funding, code of conduct processes, tenure and/or promotion guidelines, merit evaluation, and committee and leadership appointments."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Xavier's Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion ensures that the school can "bring external consultants to train Division heads and Department chairs on issues centered on diversity and inclusion" as well as host workshops and seminars on diversity.
  • Xavier's Center for Diversity and Inclusion offers over 50 training programs, one of which is known as the Catalyst Leadership Summit which teaches students to "create more inclusive events and programs for the campus community."
  • Xavier leads the Smooth Transitions program, a mentorship program which teaches students to work on "cultural competency" and "culturally responsive and culturally restorative engagement."
  • Xavier has a Bias Education and Advocacy Team.
  • Xavier has a professional development training program for "building an inclusive team" where participants will "identify one action you can take and one action your department/division can take to promote a more inclusive culture."
  • Xavier has a professional development training program on microaggressions.
  • As part of its strategic plan, Xavier will "provide opportunities for faculty and staff to advance their cultural proficiency with respect to intercultural and race-related competencies (e.g., awareness, communication, engagement) and exposure to inclusive pedagogical models that will enhance the learning of all students."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Xavier will "ensure that all faculty have access to appropriate resources to support their efforts to make sound and informed decisions about course materials, pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment that contribute to diversity-related and anti-racist teaching and learning" and "assist faculty in their resolve to establish a multicultural curriculum that promotes racial justice."
  • In 2016, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Xavier with a $500,000 grant for curriculum revisions for diversity.
  • As part of its strategic plan, Xavier will "enhance the diversity and inclusion components across the curriculum and in co-curricular learning experiences for undergraduates from the first year to the senior year."
  • As part of its strategic plan, Xavier will "work with faculty to ensure diversity-related education is embedded in all graduate programs in a discipline-specific appropriate manner."
Program and Research Funding
  • Xavier made a commitment to "reposition the University's marketing and communication assets to effectively communicate Xavier's diversity, equity, and inclusion story and plans to become an anti-racist university. Audit the University’s communications and content to ensure representation of our diverse constituent base."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • Xavier will "assess the current model of community safety to ensure that campus police policies and activities on Xavier’s campus are anti-racist."
  • Xavier has a "racial equity resource manual."
  • Xavier's Stained Glass Initiative was established as an initiative that "includes projects that further our efforts to dismantle anti-Black racism, establish racial truth, and contribute to repair, healing, and reconciliation."
  • Xavier's Aspiring Anti-Racist Allies program is for "self-identified white staff, faculty, alumni, and students at Xavier University who want to become anti-racist, anti-supremacist allies and examine their own ideas about race and racism."
  • Xavier's library offers "resources for racial justice and reconciliation."
  • Xavier created "Heart to Heart Conversations" which encourages dialogue on racism, diversity, and inclusion.
Symbolic Actions
  • Xavier made a statement saying, "As members of Xavier’s leadership team, we condemn racism in all its manifestations and pledge to work toward establishing and sustaining an anti-racist culture at Xavier University, whereby each member of the campus community feels a sense of belonging, being supported and being enabled to succeed." To accomplish this, the university commits to "take responsibility for educating ourselves about power, white privilege, white supremacy, and systemic racism, as well as for understanding and working to undo our own complicity in systemic racism."
  • In 2020, Xavier held a town hall discussion on systemic racism in response to the death of George Floyd.
  • On May 15, 2020, Xavier announced that it received the 2020 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion in International Education Award.
  • Xavier has an employee book club on diversity and inclusion.
  • As part of its strategic plan, Xavier will "support and promote research and scholarship related to diversity and inclusion."
  • On June 29, 2023, Xavier's President issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action which states, "The likely result will be a decline in representation of underrepresented students in many higher ed institutions. Throughout the history of this nation to this very day, equity of educational opportunity and access has not been afforded to all Americans. This impoverishes the nation in depriving her of the talent manifested in the minds of so many. Now is the moment to which we are called to imagine a way forward that assures equity and justice."
Last updated May 1st, 2024
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