Community Engagement May 23 2019
New Orleans, La. - Xavier University of Louisiana President Reynold Verret testified at a hearingbefore the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, and its subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 10:15 a.m. EST on the critical role of Community Colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority–Serving Institutions.
At the hearing, President Verret discussed how Xavier University is an engine of economic mobility, programs that demonstrate this at the institution, and how these programs prepare students for the career workforce. Verret also presented a brief history of HBCUs and why they were created.
Verret, who was asked to testify before the subcommittee, addressed Xavier's status as one of the best value schools in the nation for a quality education and the importance of continued funding from the federal government.
He also attested to how HBCUs have been, and continue to be, under-resourced institutions that have a large economic impact that often goes unnoticed. HBCUs are invaluable institutions that not only contribute to society, but provide an invaluable experience for our students, especially our students who are low-income and first-generation.
If you missed it, see the replay at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o65Ldj1g7JU.