Duquesne University School of Law to Partner with HBCU Xavier University of Louisiana
Duquesne University School of Law announced the creation of a pipeline program with Xavier University of Louisiana.
Founded by Saint Katherine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Xavier University of Louisiana is the only historically Black, Catholic institution of higher education in the United States.
Like Duquesne, Xavier's mission is to promote a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. Through this partnership, Duquesne University School of Law affirms its commitment to academic excellence and diversity, equity, and inclusion in education.
Dean April Barton said, "Diversity makes us better. Our institutions are stronger when we are diverse, we make better decisions when disparate viewpoints are considered, and we solve problems more creatively when community members come from a variety of perspectives, cultures, and backgrounds."
Two key faculty were critical to bringing the partnership to life. "This process really began when Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the Criminal Justice Program Professor Wes Oliver, a history buff, approached me to ask if I knew there is one Catholic, Historically Black University in the country." I did know that, as it's in my home town of New Orleans," said Associate Professor Jalila Jefferson-Bullock. She says she received tremendous support from Duquesne Law leadership to cultivate a relationship.
Her New Orleans roots certainly helped. "Dr. Norman Francis, the president of Xavier for many years is a family friend, so through him we made all of the connections and that's where the partnership began."
"The scholarly, cross collaboration that will come from the partnership is especially exciting," said Jefferson Bullock.
A virtual ceremony commemorating this historic partnership took place with leaders from both Duquesne University and Xavier University of Louisiana.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 8,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University’s academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.
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