The Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit


The Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier University of Louisiana will serve as an anchor, a magnet, a beacon of hope, and a catalyst for change reflecting and furthering our calling, as a Historically Black and Catholic university: to create a more just and humane society.

The Center will serve as an intellectual and physical convening place for research, for teaching, for community engagement, and for debate on issues related to race-based inequities, social identity production, and power relations that are embedded in our intellectual programs and across academic disciplines. As such, the Center will explore and work to eliminate political, social, and systemic inequities in public health, crime and social justice, bioethics, Black Catholic Studies, African and African-American Diaspora Studies, the arts, urban policies, education policy studies, socially responsible entrepreneurship, and environmental sustainability.

The Center will come to be recognized as a convener for groups struggling in their own reconciliation as well as a force for good in the city, in the region, and in the nation through trainings of various kinds (ex: deescalation, restorative justice, civil protest, and Catholic social teaching).

The Center will become a locus for individuals and groups seeking to put forth new theories and to verify others by studying, advocating, and engaging in empirically verifiable social change work.


The Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier University of Louisiana is a vibrant and critical research, teaching, and public engagement space. The Center’s mission is to engage, to support, and to promote innovative thinking in a multiplicity of contexts and across disciplines regarding race, class, systemic inequities; and a faith that does justice toward a better understanding of issues impacting modern societies and vexing the human spirit.

In keeping with the mission of Xavier, the Center organizes conferences, seminars, lectures, and community convenings that bring together relevant experts, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and community members with diverse interest and backgrounds.

The Four Pillars

I. Research & Policy

To engage with the academic community, community groups, government, and national organizations that seek to advance equity and justice through research and policy agendas.

II. System Inequalites (Race, Gender, Socio-economic status, Nationality/Geographies)

To develop and share proven tools that can assist in shifting dominant narratives, ideologies, and paradigms.

III. Leadership Capacity Building & Human Development

To bolster and scaffold leadership capacity and ontological development through coalition building, convenings, leadership development, workshops and training.

IV. Institutional & Cultural Change

To developing strategies that will serve as a catalyst for institutional and cultural change, and to work toward the closure of systemic gaps.

Dr. David W. Robinson-Morris

David W. Robinson-Morris, Ph.D. is the founding Director of The Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier University of Louisiana, Assistant Professor in the Division of Education and Counseling, and serves the university’s Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Research with a dual concentration in Higher Education Administration and Curriculum Theory, and an Education Specialist (Ed. S.) Certificate in Educational Leadership with a focus on applied research, measurement, and evaluation both from Louisiana State University (LSU). 

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