January 10, 2019 (CHICAGO) – Today, the Cristo Rey Network announced Xavier University of Louisiana as the organization's newest University Partner. Joining a partnership program now comprised of 54 colleges and universities, Xavier University demonstrates a deep commitment to the promise and ambition of Cristo Rey graduates.
"As the only historically black and Catholic institution of higher education in the country, there is a clear opportunity for many of our scholars to find a home in Xavier University of Louisiana," remarks Stephanie Arias, Director of College Initiatives for the Cristo Rey Network. "With a shared mission of ensuring that graduates assume purpose-driven roles of leadership and service in a global society, Cristo Rey Network alumni are poised for success on their campus."
Xavier is a nationally recognized leader in the STEM and the health sciences, producing more African American students who graduate from medical schools each year than any other university in the United States.
"We are excited to partner with the Cristo Rey Network to offer students the opportunity to learn about valuable post-secondary opportunities and to increase college match, access and completion," said Dr. Reynold Verret, President of Xavier University of Louisiana. "As a minority-serving institution, learning at Xavier is informed by its charism and legacy as the nation's unique historically black and Catholic institution of higher learning. Xavier empowers its graduates to achieve and to lead in all dimensions of our society and to advance the calling to contribute to a more just and humane society."
About Xavier University of Louisiana:
Being America's only historically Black and Catholic University is just the first of the distinctions that have set Xavier University of Louisiana apart for more than eight decades. Its College of Pharmacy is among the top producers of African American pharmacists. Its liberal arts based programs in such areas as art, business, education, psychology, and political science – as well as such recent additions as bioinformatics, data science, neuroscience, crime and social justice, and jazz studies – offer students an unbeatable combination of traditional classroom study, hands-on research, service-learning opportunities, and life experiences. The winning Xavier formula? Provide students with a well-balanced curriculum and an environment that nurtures their intellect and feeds their souls.