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About My Nola, My Story


Photo by Deja Dennis | 

My Nola, My Story was started by Dr. Shearon Roberts in 2017 to encourage her students at Xavier University of Louisiana to record and share the stories of people of color in New Orleans. These stories reflect snapshots of lived experiences of communities of color who have called New Orleans home. It serves as a testament that they were here, are here, and shaped the fabric of this historic, cultural space. Learn more about the pedagogical and intellectual approach to My Nola, My Story in Reviews in Digital Humanities, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2020

Students Reflect on Digital Public Humanities

New Orleans and Latin America and the Caribbean

New Orleans is considered the Northernmost part of the Caribbean. Historically it served as a major port and access point for New France into North America. The Haitian Revolution played an integral role in the expansion and growth of this city and influenced African American culture and life, and practices and architecture across the city. Today, New Orleans continues to attract new groups of migrant populations from the region as its story evolves in a post-Katrina context. My Nola, My Story maps the historical and contemporary connections between New Orleans and the region in the StoryMap below created by Xavier University students in Dr. Shearon Roberts' Latin America and the Caribbean course. 

Gulf Scholars Program

About The Program

The Xavier Gulf Scholars Program was founded on the principle of creating "change-agents" out of its students. To promote justice, equity, sustainability, and humanity across the region through the support and strategic action dedicated to issues of safety, resiliency, ecosystem sustainability, and human well-being, the Xavier Gulf Scholars Program is spotlighting organizations at the forefront of the fight and their efforts.

Spotlight on The Descendants Project

The Descendants Project is an emerging organization focused on the healing and flourishing of the Black descendant community across generations in Louisiana's River Parishes. The River Parishes has a devastating but rich history of settler colonialism and slavery. The environmental degradation the region has faced since the 20th century is a remnant of that history. When large petrochemical plants and refineries moved into the River Parishes, the pollution from them began to take a toll on its vulnerable majority-Black communities. The region is now called “Cancer Alley” for the extreme risks of cancer and death due to pollution.

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