Read Today, Lead Tomorrow: Home

Read Today, Lead Tomorrow is a five-year campus-wide initiative designed to enable students at Xavier to become more active and engaged readers and to ultimately enhance the reading culture on our campus and in our community. Beginning in the fall of 2010, a variety of programs and activities will give our students, staff, faculty, and neighbors opportunities to use reading as a means of better understanding our world. Read Today, Lead Tomorrow is a grand undertaking; however, we feel confident that through this initiative, we will transform the intellectual climate in our classrooms, on our campus, and in our community.

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Faculty Development

To help all of our students become more active readers, Xavier University must help all of our faculty better understand active reading. Read more…

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Active and Engaged

Xavier University is helping students become more active and engaged readers and developing a culture of reading across campus. Read more…

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Shared Reading

Every year, all first-year students at Xavier read the same book and discuss and reflect upon it in their Freshman Seminar classes. Read more…

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Assessment Dashboard

Ongoing assessment is a major component of Read Today, Lead Tomorrow to measure our progress and to improve our teaching. Read more…

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Literary Communities

One of the principle tenets of Read Today, Lead Tomorrow is that reading is not a solitary act. You can now apply for funding to help support your book club. Read more…

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Social Reading

Pre-med senior Zachary Gaston won a $500 textbook scholarship for tweeting about his summer reading. Read more…


This Week's Literary Events

National Players: The Odyssey: Wednesday, April 23, 7:00 pm at UC Ballroom
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Latest News

Family Gets Some Control over Henrietta Lacks’s DNA: Sixty-two years after her death at the age of only 31, the family of Henrietta Lacks gained some control over her DNA data, which has been used by the medical research community to make some of the most important discoveries of the past century. Read more…

Help Evaluate Read Today, Lead Tomorrow: The QEP Office is looking for students to help us assess the effectiveness and usefulness of Read Today, Lead Tomorrow, Xavier’s five-year initiative to help our students become more active and engaged readers and to create a more literary culture on campus. Read more…

Ernest Gaines Speaks at Xavier: On Saturday, February 23, award-winning novelist Ernest Gaines spoke about his life and his writing in Xavier’s McCaffrey Ballroom before a crowd of students, faculty, staff, and members of the New Orleans community. Read more…