Xavier University in Louisiana has announced Dr. Angela Graham-Williams will join the university later this month as the director of the Counseling and Wellness department.
Dr. Virginia Pellerin, the associate dean of students at Xavier, said that Graham-Williams’s experience aligns with Xavier’s mission. Student Health Services are “essential to the health, success and overall well-being” of students, faculty, and staff, she said.
“It is my hope,” said Graham-Williams, “for this department to engage with our clients and university stakeholders in a way that destigmatizes the process of receiving counseling services.”
Graham-Williams said she hopes to make counseling and wellness a “first-choice” for students to live their “best lives, especially as we all transition back to campus in the midst of this global pandemic.”
Graham-Williams has two decades of experience in healthcare service and has served in leadership positions in Louisiana and Michigan. Her most recent role was president of the anti-racism Foundation for Excellence. In 2019, the United States Department of State asked her to become the National Capacity Building Specialist, working to empower young girls in the African Diaspora.