Departments & Staff

Social Studies

Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the Social Studies Department of Xavier College Preparatory is to create quality instruction by linking significant skills and knowledge in social studies to the total development of the student. Citizens must have the skills which enable them to deal with whatever complex issues their personal society or the global society may develop. The staff of the Social Studies Department endeavors to motivate students to develop the knowledge, skills, and the desire necessary to interact positively within their communities.

Statement of Respect
As the Social Studies department, we will strive to model behavior, attitudes, and actions that we expect of our students.

Department Highlights

List of 5 items.

  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

    Xavier's Social Studies Department is a Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Affiliate School. Connecting teachers and students to valuable resources and support for teaching and studying American history. 

    Learn more about the affiliation here
  • National History Scholars Society

    The NHSS recognizes Club members maintaining an average of a B grade or higher in honors/AP history classes, 2+ years in History Club, and recommendation by Advisor.
  • National History Club

    When you join the National History Club, you join students and teachers from around the country in learning, reading, writing, and living history. The NHC's main goal is to bring together students and teachers with a real passion for history, helping them learn from each other's ideas, experiences, and stories, which are distributed through our tri-annual eNewsletter, monthly eUpdates, and other communication methods.
  • Close UP

    MISSION: Close Up informs, inspires, and empowers young people to exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy.

    We believe that a strong democracy requires active and informed participation by all citizens; therefore we seek to reach participants of every race, creed, geographical community, socio-economic level, and academic standing. Close Up welcomes participation on its programs without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or disability. To carry out our mission, we partner with educators, schools, and youth organizations throughout the country to help young people develop the skills and attitudes to become informed and engaged citizens. Since 1971, over 850,000 participants have participated in Close Up programs.
  • Political Action Club of Xavier

    Students gather bimonthly to discuss current events.

Meet Our Department

Ileen Welty, J.D. 
Social Studies Department Chair 
American Government
Honors U.S. Government
POS 110 for Rio Salado 
HIS 103/104 for Rio Salado 
ALJ 109 for Rio Salado 
Criminal Law
Political Action Club of Xavier Moderator
Dan Long, M.A, M.Ed, BCP '03
AP US History
AP US History Great Books 
History 103/104 for Rio Salado 
Unity and Diversity Moderator 
Gina Nuñez
AP European History
AP World History/Great Books
AP World History
History 101/102 for Rio Salado 
History 110/111 for Rio Salado
National History Scholars Society Moderator
National History Club Moderator
Key Club Moderator
CloseUp Washington D.C. Moderator
Stephanie Brugger '90
World History/Geography 
Freshman Class Student Council Moderator
Scholarship Committee Member 
Olivia Long, M.A., '06
AP Psychology
Psychology 101 for Rio Salado
Dani Richter, J.D. '03
English I Great Books 
English II
American Government
AP Capstone Seminar/Research 
Political Science POS 110 for Rio Salado
Elias Romley Mock Trial Team Moderator 

Xavier College Preparatory

4710 North Fifth Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85012
P. (602) 277-3772
F. (602) 279-1346

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