Dozens of students from Xavier University in New Orleans are currently evacuating to Hyatt in downtown Dallas. The journey here has never been easier, but they are not afraid.
The Texas-Louisiana border is often the place where resilience and hospitality meet. It was clear until late at night as about 160 Xavier University students arrived in Dallas from New Orleans by bus.
“It was very long. I have never made a road trip,” said student Muna Ugo. “We want to be able to return to campus as soon as possible when everyone can return safely.”
Hurricane Aida struck the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm. Due to devastation and long-term power outages, university leadership decided to evacuate.
Curtiss-Wright’s Vice President of Student Affairs said:
The university covers student accommodation and meals. But Wright said local partnerships are important. Like the one founded by TCU, which uses the same dining services as Xavier University.
“We go there in the morning, pick up the food and bring it back here so that the students can eat,” he said.
Emmanuel Ucott is the president of Xavier’s Students’ Union. He said he was proud of how the students treated the uprooted things.
“Even when we’re down, we’re starting to realize we’re not out,” Ucot said.
Timing is not lost either. Sixteen years ago, to this day, many evacuation sites have become permanent settlements after Hurricane Katrina.
“It’s nice to know that Texas has a history of opening their arms and saying,’Hey, we got you,'” Ucot said.
Xavier students will begin virtual learning next Tuesday, September 7th. Xavier University officials are said to be hoping to bring students and faculty back to campus by September 11.
The university said it continues to assess the needs of all students to coordinate services and resources.Students are advised to contact the Student Affairs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org