[Xavier University is a tiny HBCU in New Orleans that hits way above its weight in sending students to med school. The secret to their success is, in part, in creating a cooperative culture, instead of the usual competitive one that dominates pre-med courses at most universities. How does one build a cooperative culture in a school? Further, student support at Xavier is intense, and leaves me wondering what happens when these students land in a med school that is much less supportive. Ultimately, this article is less about one particular school and more about our collective failing to educate black students, and our continued divestment in black lives and black institutions. How can there be high schools that don’t offer the basic courses, like physics, required to be on track to begin pre-med? Can schools that have no history of promoting black education, but are majority black, instill in students the same sense of history and possibility, and deliver the same access? Can schools that have no history of promoting black education, and are not majority black, instill in students the same sense of history and possibility, and deliver the same access? How? In the meantime, if you’re white and you went to a white college, consider sending your alum donation to an HBCU instead.]
How does tiny Xavier University in New Orleans manage to send more African-American students to medical school than any other college in the country?