In just its second year, Xavier’s Women of Excellence has become a fundraising force. The group’s Giving Circle raised more than $60,000 this year, with nearly all of it directed to nine projects proposed by faculty or student organizations. In its first year, $45,500 in grants were awarded to 31 projects. The projects emphasize the development of women in areas where they have been historically underrepresented. “One of our goals with the Giving Circle is to give through the lens of a woman,” says Norah Mock, WOX executive director. This year’s projects are:
• Nexus Community Garden, which brings the communities of Norwood and Evanston together with Xavier in developing an urban, sustainable community garden: $7,225.
• One in Four Day, which brings attention to sexual violence on college campuses: $6,500.
• Tuition Runs Out Day, which encourages students to give back to the University in support of future generations of Xavier students: $9,290.
• Women of Xavier Chemistry, which highlights opportunities for women in science fields: $5,500.
• Creating Relationships of Justice and Care, which includes requiring freshmen to attend an event exploring the issues of sexual relationships and the “hook-up” culture: $9,955.
• Career Road Trips to the Real World, which offers students a two-day program of on-site visits where they can see how their majors are used in different industries: $3,425.
• Retention and Success of Female African American Students, which researches why a disproportionate number of African American women leave Xavier before graduation and what can be done to remove barriers to their academic success: $7,220.
• Summer Service Internship Program, which places 20 Xavier students into paid summer internships to provide service to local disenfranchised populations, discover leadership possibilities and earn income: $5,000.
• Xavier Mentoring Program, which offers mentors to Xavier students and which needs financial support for campus-wide marketing to be successful: $4,000.