Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Fostering a Sense of Unity and Cooperative Spirit

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Fostering a Sense of Unity and Cooperative Spirit

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The recent Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans sparked a flurry of media coverage and reminded Americans that life in the Crescent City remains a distant cry from its pre-Katrina days. It's not surprising that the event garnered significant coverage. The city is still trying to fight itself in the aftermath of a hurricane that has cut New Orleans' population in hale The revelry of Mardi Gras is the dominant image of the Big Easy, But there always existed a city hard at work educating thousands of college students. New Orleans has played a vital role in the education of African-Americans, with three historically Black universities located within its borders. Once again, Diverse tunes into the vital higher education story, taking a fresh look at how the city's Black colleges are responding to the disaster.

In "Starting Anew," Lydia Lure writes movingly about the straggles of displaced faculty members from all three HBCUs. Dillard University, Xavier University of Louisiana and Southern University, New Orleans have all made painful cuts to their faculty ranks. Many professors have had to look for work elsewhere, but hold out hope that they will eventually return to their home institutions. One bright note has been the commitment of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to pay the salaries of 58 Xavier faculty members this academic year, allowing some of them to hold visiting faculty positions at schools around the nation.

Assistant editor Kendra Hamilton reports from New Orleans in "Restoring, Restructuring and Rebuilding," shining the light on the three campuses and charting their relative progress at resuming their missions. …

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