Xavier University of Louisiana: landmark and institution of the city of New Orleans

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Xavier University of Louisiana is not just a university, but a real landmark for the city of New Orleans. A private Catholic institute, over time it has become a place of protest and fight against all forms of discrimination, especially for the African American community.A fundamental role in the foundation of the University was that of the nun Katharine Drexel who, thanks also to the concrete support of the banker father Francis Drexel, in the early years of the twentieth century created and managed several institutes in the area in an attempt to help and educate natives and African Americans, at the time excluded from all that was education, culture and training.

THE ORIGINS AND THE ROLE IN THE COMMUNITY

Everything comes from it, everything comes from here. Xavier University was officially recognized by the Louisiana State Department of Education as a four-year college in March 1928, with the first degrees awarded just two years later.Over time XULA has hosted various personalities of absolute importance starting with Pope John Paul II in 1987 and twice, first in 2006 and then 2010, Barack Obama, precisely because it is a place of worship and symbol of the civil rights movement of the United States. Another date to remember is certainly the year 2005, when Hurricane Katrina wiped out part of the university campus facilities.

From then on, we can say that a second life for Xavier University began, supported by numerous donations that made it possible to rebuild, renovate and expand the buildings and all the campus services.

THE PRESENT OF XULA

Today it is one of the main universities in the state, with the student population consisting of more or less 50% of students from Louisiana and the other half from all over the United States and from 16 different countries around the world. It is a dynamic, obviously multicultural environment with an important history and a radiant present. The campus, which has developed exponentially over the last twenty years, is nicknamed the Emerald City for some buildings characterized by the color of the roofs of a specific shade of green.

Speaking of Academic schools, Xula's teaching proposal consists of the College of Arts and Sciences (Biological and Public Health Sciences, Business, Education and Counseling, Fine Arts and Humanities, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences); College of Pharmacy (Division of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences); Dual engineering program and finally from the Pre-Med and biological science programs. According to niche.com, Xavier University ranks fifth best in HBCU Historically Black Colleges and Universities out of 77 and ranks 71 out of 651 in the ranking of the best graduate programs in the United States in Chemistry. Currently 2,424 full-time students are enrolled, with 5% representing student athletes engaged in various sports.The men's and women's track and field teams are the flagship of the athletics department along with the basketball and volleyball teams that compete in the NAIA league. These latest teams play inside the Convocation Center, a $ 25 million facility capable of accommodating over 4,000 spectators.

To come to us, XULA currently hosts Linda Mungai, Emanuela Riglioni, Angela Egonu and Giulia Follador, all four volleyball players available to Coach Pat Kendrick, Head Coach with indisputable experience and curriculum in stars and stripes volleyball and part of our technical staff of the American College Volleyball Showcase, present in all editions. In the past, however, Elena Chika Duru, Beatrice Formilan and Anna Dalla Vecchia were also student athletes at XULA.Xavier University of Louisiana, certainly represents a stimulating environment, rich in history and meaning that still remains faithful to its initial mission: to promote a liberal, just society that knows how to welcome everyone without any form of discrimination.

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