Administration OFFICE OF THE ACADEMIC AFFAIRS Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart R. Bell, PhD
OFFICE OF EQUITY, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY OUTREACH (EDCO) www.lsu.edu/diversity Interim Vice Provost Kenneth O. Miles Assistant to the Vice Provost & Director Chaunda Allen, PhD Administrative Executive Assistant Tarchia Rankins-Lollis, MS Graduate Assistant Vincent Harris, M.Ed. COMMUNITY UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP www.lsu.edu/cup Community Affairs Liaison and External Partnership Officer Brandon M. Smith, MPA LOUISIANA CENTER ADDRESSING SUBSTANCE USE IN COLLEGIATE COMMUNITIES www.lsu.edu/lacasu Associate Director Bret Blackmon, MSW OFFICE OF MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
LSU Diversity Statement Diversity is fundamental to LSU's mission and the University is committed to creating and maintaining a living and learning environment that embraces individual difference. Cultural inclusion is of highest priority. LSU recognizes that achieving national prominence depends on the human spirit, participation, and dedicated work of the entire University community. Flagship: 2020 will be realized by bringing together diverse ideas, perspectives, skills, and talents of the nation's pre-eminent scholars, brightest students, and leading higher education professionals. Through its Commitment to Community, LSU strives to create an inclusive, respectful, intellectually challenging climate that embraces individual difference in race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, spirituality, socioeconomic status, disability, family status, experiences, opinions, and ideas. LSU proactively cultivates and sustains a campus environment that values open dialogue, cooperation, shared responsibility, mutual respect, and cultural competenceâ€“ the driving forces that enrich and enhance cutting edge research, first-rate teaching, and engaging community outreach activities.
www.lsu.edu/oma Director Chaunda Allen, PhD
Editors: Chaunda Allen, PhD, Assistant to the Vice Provost & Director Vincent Harris, M.Ed., Graduate Assistant
WOMENâ€™S CENTER www.lsu.edu/wc Director Summer Steib, MA
Photos included in this report are courtesy of colleges, departments, Office of Communications and University Relations, The Daily Reveille, and EDCO.
About this Report This annual report highlights diversity efforts of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach and the entire University. This report does not capture all of the outstanding work carried out by our faculty, staff, and students . We invite readers to visit the LSU homepage, Diversity page, and the website of each college and unit to explore the ways in which we embrace DIVERSE PEOPLE with DIVERSE TALENTS.
Interim Vice Provost.
Kenneth O. Miles I have the distinct honor to share the 2012-2013 Annual Report for the Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach. I am a true believer in the successes that we have earned is based on the collective and intentional efforts of all. For the last two years, LSU has had the largest and most diverse class within the institution’s history. The newly built Women’s Center and the African American Cultural Center serve as cornerstones to what matters and is a reminder of the hard work of others such as my predecessor, Dr. Katrice Albert. The framework Dr. Albert provided included a talented team and a National Diversity Advisory Board to ensure that diversity, equity, inclusion, and community involvement within the 21st century matched the goals of LSU’s 2020 Flagship Agenda: Transforming Lives within the goals of diversity and engagement. For the second year in a row, LSU has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The opportunity for LSU to share a spotlight with the nation’s elite, catapults our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and community involvement to the forefront. Dr. Martin Luther King stated, that “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” As you review the annual report, you will see many examples of true education and scholarship in action as we collectively transform lives.
DIVERSE PEOPLE. DIVERSE TALENTS. This motto captures the essence of our campus belief that each member of our community represents a unique perspective that, in turn, enriches the community.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
PEOPLE & TALENTS MESSAGES
Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell
Undergraduate Graduate Faculty & Staff
11 CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS 16 36
Flagship Highlights | “Excellence in Diversity”
Community University Partnership|“More than a Dress” Office of Multicultural Affairs|“Memorable Lavender” Louisiana Center Addressing Substance Use in Collegiate Communities |“Love Life Live Responsibly” Women’s Center | “A Sunrise Celebration”
Financials & Diverse Perspectives
Diverse Women—Stories of outreach and support “A FRESH Start ” Unit Highlight | “20 Years of McNair ” Diverse Futures—Stories of mentoring and preparation “Historic Ribbons” | African American Cultural Center “Opening Ceremony”
| Women’s Center
Diverse Publications—Art, Privilege, and Resources Diverse Students—Stories of scholarship and research Diverse Voices—Speakers series Diverse Dialogue—Conversations on critical issues
Diverse Outreach—Recruitment and unique community support
Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell LSU embraces diversity and engagement as core principles of “Flagship 2020: Transforming Lives.” It is through the work of our faculty, staff, and students that learning, discovery, diversity, and engagement are deeply woven into the fabric of our institution. These core principles serve as opportunities to be innovative, research-oriented, and intentional in our efforts to develop the best and brightest global leaders. The Annual Diversity Report provides a snapshot of LSU’s exceptional impact on campus and in our surrounding communities to appreciate our differences and find commonalities in advancing our mission of teaching, research, and service. Programs such as the Cinderella Project, LSU Upward Bound, Louisiana Summit on African American Male Educational Success, and the College of Engineering’s Shadow Day help us recognize the value of working together to achieve a common goal. LSU is proud to maximize the impact of diversity and engagement as we lead and advocate for these and many other notable programs. LSU remains committed to fostering a campus climate where diverse people along with diverse talents serve as integral parts to our success as a top-tier institution. The data, pieces, and stories in this report are evidence that diversity and engagement are driving forces to transforming lives at LSU and beyond.
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Hispanic or Latina/o
The College of Music and Dramatic Arts has the largest concentration of Hispanic/ Latina/o students:
Asian American/ Pacific Islander
International The college with the highest percentage of African-American faculty is the College of Human Sciences, and Education at 9.6%.
Two or More Races American Indian
U.S. underrepresented groups
Black or African American
U nd e r g rad u a te S t ud en t D i v e rs i ty 1
Graduate Student Diversity 1
Faculty Diversity 1 Ethnic Minority
U.S. underrepresented groups
Staff Diversity 2 Executive/Professional Ethnic Minority 17.0% U.S. underrepresented groups
1 .9% 3.3%
highest concentration of women hires:
Agriculture Coast & Envi ronment
This year LSU made history with the enrollment of its largest class of African-American and Hispanic/Latina/o students:
White 76.4% International 4.4% Clerical/Skilled/Service Ethnic Minority 60.7% U.S. underrepresented groups
include only student and full-time faculty data (LSU Fall Facts, 2012). 2Fall 2012 staff and faculty who do not carry primary instruction duties (Budget and Planning, 2013). 3University College is not included in the data analysis. 3Demographics of less than 6 people and programs with less than 10 people are not included.
LSU Enrolls Largest Number of African American and Hispanic Students
The University’s enrollment of African American students reached an all-time high according to LSU Office of Budget and Planning records. African American student enrollment in the fall of 2012 reached 3,054, which passed the previous high of 3,035 students set in 2002. LSU Office of Budget & Planning also reported Hispanic student enrollment at a high of 1,305 students in 2012, compared to the previous high of 1,149 students enrolled in 2011. This year’s freshman class enrollment of 5,725 students passed the previous high of 5,700 students in 2004. Last year, LSU welcomed its fifth largest freshman class of 5,290 students. LSU’s overall enrollment stands at 29,549, a 2 percent increase from 2011, when enrollment figures recorded 28,985 students. -Learn more, http://www.bgtplan.lsu.edu
The Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach has been involved in several activities to advance diversity and sense of community within and beyond the gates of LSU. We highlight a few of these accomplishments:
Flagship Expansion & Development… “Groundbreaking Facilities” Become a Reality EDCO established a major development campaign for the expansion of two new cultural centers. The African American Cultural Center and Women’s Center facilities opened doors in April of 2013 as the only free standing Cultural Centers on a college campus in the state of Louisiana (See AACC p. 22; WC p. 24). Each 5,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility provides students, faculty, staff, and the community with tangible illustrations of the University's commitment to diversity. These new facilities, place LSU among an exclusive group of colleges and universities to have free standing Cultural Centers. Currently EDCO has $100,000 development campaign to support the centers’ operation. To direct gifts to both the AACC and the WC visit: lsufoundation.org/diversity.
Leading the Field as National Diversity Experts Katrice Albert, PhD and Chaunda Allen PhD were invited to present at the 2013 Annual National Conference for Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE). Since its inception, NCORE has evolved into a vital national resource for higher education institutions, providing annual multicultural forums that attracts a diverse group professionals of various ethnicities from across the United States. Presentations from LSU’s EDCO include: “Don’t go it Alone: How to create a model national diversity advisory board” by Dr.’s Katrice Albert and Chaunda Allen, “Sick & Tired or Being Sick & Tired: How diversity professional manage racial battle fatigue” presented by Dr.’s Katrice Albert and Chaunda Allen along with Dr. Monica Galloway of Western Kentucky University, and “Power & Pearls: A conversation on women and career advancement in higher education administration by Dr. Katrice Albert. To read more about NCORE visit: www.ncore.ou.edu.
“WHEREAS”: One Word Continues LSU’s Conversation of Potential Domestic Partner Health Benefits EDCO supports the efforts of Dr.’s Elaine Maccio, Marybeth Lima, and Jack Yeager professors, at LSU who wrote a proposed resolution to encourage the University’s consideration of Domestic Partner Health Benefits. The resolution was presented to the LSU Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, and Student Government on November 8, 2012, in support of Domestic Partner Health Benefits for LSU Employees. A decision is still pending on the resolution.
utreach Equity Diversity Community O Goals & Objectives 2010 - 2013 Flagship 2020: Planning & Implementation of Learning, Discovery, Civic Engagement, and Diversity
Each reporting unit of EDCO develops or enhances two programs or initiatives that span one or more of Flagship 2020’s major thrusts, which may target student and faculty recruitment, retention, enrollment or community outreach Create an entrepreneurial, fee-for-service, comprehensive two-day diversity leadership curriculum that focuses on workforce diversity, culturally competence and leadership development, diverse talent acquisition and management, and other culturally relevant areas Create the “University Council on Diversity” made up of LSU diversity management professionals in colleges, departments, units, and campus-wide committees. This Council will meet four times a year to harness fiscal and human capital resources and streamline efforts to increase cross-campus collaborations Work directly with the Committee on Civic Engagement and other campus committees to implement the Civic Minded Research University model
Focused Leadership: Expansion in Regional & National Presence
Increase LSU’s presence as leaders in diversity management through: 1) maintaining chairpersonship in the Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium Diversity Task Force and the LSU System Diversity Task Force; 2) hosting LSU’s inaugural Louisiana Diversity Conference, 3) serving as invited experts or keynote speakers for at least three national organizations; and 4) creating and chairing the SEC Provisional Affiliate Chapter of National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education Seek partnerships with five local, regional, state, and/or national organizations on addressing diversity and community outreach issues Increase collaborations and partnerships and establish a permanent contact with ten minority-serving institutions
Strategic Campus Diversity: Effectiveness, Development, & Improved Infrastructure
Execute a Campus Climate Survey Lead efforts to expand African American Cultural Center and Women’s Center facilities which include: 1) establishing a major development campaign for the expansion project and 2) securing $100,000 in gifts to support the Centers’ operation Submit three nationally competitive corporate, foundation, and/or federal grant proposals to enhance the reach of EDCO Meet with each College Dean or Deans’ designees four times per year to operationalize at least three specific diversity & community outreach goals Increase development and fundraising activities and meet giving goal of $50,000 Institute a supplier diversity review and vendor diversification plan for LSU in order to identify and propose best organizational structures for diversity efforts and civic engagement
Anchored Community Outreach: Intentional Engagement
Promote LSU as a civic-minded, research university where community outreach infrastructure is centralized and outreach is campus-wide Utilize community outlets and stakeholders to communicate accurate information related to LSU’s community impact in relationship to budget constraints See also Community University Partnership 2011-2013 Priorities and Goals at www.lsu.edu/cup
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NATIONAL DIVERSITY ADVISORY BOARD Katrice Albert, PhD
Christine Changho Bruneau
Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer
LSU Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach Ex-Officio
Cotton, Schmidt & Abbott, LLP New Orleans, LA
Chaunda Allen, MPA
Cassandra Chandler ‘79
Beliota Parquet Hawkins ‘91
Tasha Shamlin, MD ‘94
Assistant to the Vice Provost & Director of Educational Equity
Senior Investigative Services Executive
Human Resources Manager
LSU Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach Ex-Officio
Bank of America West End, NC
Shell Chemicals Houston, TX
Medical Spa of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA
Diversity and Inclusion Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA
Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Lake Charles, LA
Julie Morial, MD Corporate Medical Director Peoples Health Metairie, LA
National Diversity Advisory Board Emeritus Members Cherie Arceneaux-Pinac ‘91, Law ‘94 Chief Operating Officer, Hammerman & Gainer, Incorporated Jeff Boudreaux ‘96, Law ‘00 Attorney, Kean Miller and Associates Anita Chang Beattie ‘02 Journalist Francisco “Frank” Lopez IV ‘76 Vice President of Acute Care, Universal Health Care Services Meg Mahoney Senior Vice President of Product Development, Baton Rouge Area Chamber Claude Minor, MD ‘79 General Surgeon, Monroe Surgical Hospital
Joseph Possa ‘88, Law ‘91 Attorney, Tyler & Possa John Noland Law ‘70 President, Noland Investments Leonard Stewart ‘98 Attorney of Intellectual Property, Caterpillar Marco Barker, PhD ‘10 Sr. Director for Education, Operations & Initiatives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
*NDAB Emeritus Members are those who have completed their board membership requirements, but remain committed to supporting diversity and outreach efforts at LSU through serving as advocates and resources for EDCO.
Julia Dickinson Philanthropist
Katherine Rasy Granier ‘99,‘02
Todd Schexnayder ‘81
Senior Vice President
Louisiana Department of Education, Baton Rouge, LA
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Baton Rouge, LA
Monica Leach, EdD ‘91 Interim Dean and Associate Professor
Jyric Sims ‘05
Department of Social Work North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
Associate Chief Operating Officer and Ethics Compliance Officer Clear Lake Medical Center Webster, TX
John Paul Funes ‘92
Patrick McCune ‘03, Law ‘08
President & CEO
Our Lady of the Lake Foundation Baton Rouge, LA
Jones Walker Law Firm Baton Rouge, LA
Baton Rouge, LA
Mario Garner, EdD ‘02 Chief Operating Officer HCA Fairview Park Hospital Dublin, GA
Jaimee Pangburn ‘97, ‘10 Community Advocate New Roads, LA
Administrative Compliance Officer Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Baton Rouge, LA
Roderick Teamer ‘85 Director of Business and Metro Development Blue Cross Blue shield of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
Mark Goodson, ‘04, ‘06
Stephanie Possa ‘99
Jaime Collins Thomas
Executive Vice President & COO East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, Baton Rouge, LA
Tyler & Possa Law Firm Baton Rouge, LA
Excellence In Diversity
EDCO is committed to fostering inclusive educational opportunities and an equitable workforce environment at LSU. EDCO provides leadership to ensure that diversity is a vital component in all decision-making processes; assists administrators, deans, department chairs and directors in identifying and implementing policies and procedures to increase diversity in their respective areas; assists in building rapport among people who are different and in reducing resistance to diversity initiatives; and provides evidenced-based principles and “best practices” which strengthen knowledge, awareness, and skills for working and learning in a diverse educa tional community.
Accomplishments of a TEAM EDCO received two prestigious awards in 2012 for outstanding diversity initiatives. EDCO received the inaugural Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award, or HEED award, from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine and the second annual Greater Baton Rouge Society for Human Resource Management’s Excellence in Diversity Award. INSIGHT Into Diversity selected LSU for the HEED award after considering LSU’s initiatives to promote diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community. The Greater Baton Rouge Society of Human Resource Management, or SHRM, recognizes a company or organization in the Greater Baton Rouge area that successfully implements diversity programs with their Excellence in Diversity Award. The leadership of the SHRM specifically acknowledged LSU's commitment to increasing cultural competence of faculty and staff through the Spring Faculty Enrichment Series.
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COMMUNITY UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP The mission of the LSU Community University Partnership is to maintain community relevancy through outreach. CUP builds relationships between campus and community groups, activists, schools, and interfaith networks. Through their efforts, they strive to promote civic engagement, increase cultural competency, challenge historic sentiment, and develop new strategies to accommodate the changing demographics of the community. Visit www.lsu.edu/cup.
Where to Find Us: Brandon Smith, Community Affairs Liaison and External Partnership Officer 135 Thomas Boyd Hall email@example.com Community Location: Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center 950 East Washington Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802
More Than a Dressâ”‚LSU Joins The Cinderella Project to Empower Young Women Each fall, high school students from under resourced schools throughout the state are immersed in the college setting at LSU and exposed to educational opportunities post-high school through The Cinderella Project Leadership Academy, or CPLA. The Cinderella Project, a local non-profit, began as an effort to offer young women prom dresses. In 2012, The Cinderella Project joined forces with LSU to create the first Leadership Academy. The primary goal of CPLA is to expand access to educational opportunities and build the confidence and self-esteem of young women. The Academy is an intensive, college-prep workshop that discusses pertinent topics including: the application process, financial aid and management; and the overall expectations of college students. Each graduate of the Academy receives a stipend to offset the costs of ACT fees and anticipated college expenses. Academy graduates are awarded scholarships from The Cinderella Project, which are contingent upon their acceptance and enrollment at a college or 12 university in the state of Louisiana.
Where to Find Us: Chaunda Allen, PhD, Director 335 LSU Student Union Building firstname.lastname@example.org
OFFICE OF MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) seeks to create an environment at LSU that embraces individual difference, sustains inclusion, and cultivates a campus atmosphere that is free from bias. OMA is a multifaceted, student-oriented department that focuses on academic excellence, leadership development, and social growth experiences for all students regardless of background or identity. OMA houses the LGBTQ Project. Visit www.lsu.edu/oma and www.lsu.edu/aacc.
Memorable Lavenderâ”‚LSUs First Graduation to Acknowledge LGBTQA Students Lavender Graduation honored and celebrated the accomplishments of LSUâ€™s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and allied/students (LGBTQA) who successfully completed their college careers and received an undergraduate or graduate degree at LSU. During the ceremony degree candidates received a lavender stole to signify the completion of their academic journey. There was live music from a local band and inspirational keynote addresses from speakers that included Laurie Braden, director of LSU University Recreation, and Taylor Cox, 2012-13 president of Student Government. Parents, faculty members or significant persons to the graduates were also in attendance. This year marked the first time the Lavender Graduation celebration was sponsored by the University. In previous years, Spectrum, the LSU student organization for LGBTQA students and their allies, sponsored the celebration. 2012/2013 Annual Diversity Report 9
LOUISIANA CENTER ADDRESSING SUBSTANCE USE IN COLLEGIATE COMMUNITES The Louisiana Center Addressing Substance Use in Collegiate Communities (LaCASU) is a coalition of local community agencies and statewide institutions of higher education aimed at creating safe and healthy collegiate environments. Visit www.lsu.edu/lacasu.
Where to Find Us: Bret Blackmon, Associate Director 3198 Pleasant Hall email@example.com
Love Lifeâ”‚Live Responsibly This program provided an overview of what judicial, university, and community options/resources are available if one should find themselves in violation of LSU, city or state alcohol policy laws. Resources discussed included T.E.A.M. Classes, the C.A.R.E. Program, Pre-trial Diversion Program, In-Patient and Out-Patient rehabilitation, counseling options, and anonymous self or third-party referrals for help. Members of the Gamma Iota Chapter of Sigma Chi, concerned with the safety of all LSU students, took a proactive approach by engaging with speakers on how to make LSU a safer campus while still creating an atmosphere for students to have a fun, well-rounded LSU tiger experience. 14
WOMENâ€™S CENTER Where to Find Us: Summer Steib, Director 5 Union Square Raphael Semmes Rd. firstname.lastname@example.org
The LSU Women's Center promotes the advancement of women's issues and gender equity through its services, advocacy efforts and educational programs. The Center also provides support, referral, and information to students, faculty and staff on issues and concerns related to women. Visit www.lsu.edu/wc.
A Sunrise Celebrationâ”‚Esprit de Femme Awards 2013 The inaugural Esprit de Femme Awards Sunrise Celebration honored eight women who have blazed trails for women throughout Louisiana. This award honors individuals who elevate the status of women in the community through their contributions to the arts, education, healthcare, business and industry, charity and civic engagement. The eight honorees ranged in age from 17-97, and represented diverse fields. The recipients were Jeanette Alcon, Lindy Boggs, Sherri Brock, Mary-Brent Brown, Laurinda Calongne, Lolo Jones, Amy Mitchell-Smith and Jacqui Vines. In addition, Hillar Moore III, district attorney for the Louisiana 19th Judicial District, was awarded the Men Who Champion Women award, which honors the efforts of men who make gender equity a priority. 2012/2013 Annual Diversity Report 15
Women in Technology Careers Forum The Women in Technology Careers Dialogue address over 100 High School girls about future careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The participants received advice from a panel of seven women and learned about the under representation of women in STEM. Many young women from various backgrounds were inspired to pursue STEM majors and careers. The event was sponsored by the Office of Information Technology, LSU Career Services, NetApp, and Advance System Group. This event was coordinated by PACE committee member Karen Sirman. Some of the participants were Dr. Katrice Albert, Vice Provost for Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach, Dr. Julia Y. Chan, LSU Chemistry professor, Joni Catanzaro, adviser in ISDS and rector of Business Residential College. -Learn more, https://www.cct.lsu.edu/events/women-technology-careers-forum
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren For the past several years, Dr. Ann Martin of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences has taught English 101 through the service learning perspective where students work with Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG). “My students brainstorm a variety of projects to help these needy, elderly caregivers; they've done fundraisers, toy drives, children’s' activities.” Additionally, “They have put together newsletters, brochures, and even a website; they've helped at GRG events like the annual conference, the ‘Senior Prom’, and the ‘Egg Hunt’”, said Martin. Ultimately GRG allows students to understand the challenges and strengths of this ”invisible population” of grandparents who have been caregivers to their grandchildren. The efforts of GRG gained national attention and was honored with an award from the Gulf South Service-Learning Conference, in Knoxville, TN. -Learn More, http://uiswcmsweb.prod.lsu.edu/ccell/
-Learn more, visit www.greeks.lsu.edu .
The National Pan-Hellenic Council Helps Incoming Students Get A â€œFresh Startâ€? The LSU National Pan-Hellenic Council, or NPHC, hosted the 2nd Fresh Start program, welcoming over 100 students and parents to the LSU community. The Student and Parent Welcome included remarks staff representing from The Office of Multicultural Affairs, First Year Experience, and the Student Health Center. As part of the program, students learned the values, service philosophy and experiences of historically African American Greek Lettered organizations. Fresh Start also partnered with Community Bound for capital improvement projects in East Baton Rouge Parish. The following week, students attended Greek 101 to learn more about the history, membership requirements, and events sponsored by the chapters that comprise the NPHC at LSU. Fresh Start concluded with a celebration of a successful first week of classes. 2012/2013 Annual Diversity Report 17
Milestones. McNair Research Scholars Program
20th Anniversary “What we’re about with the McNair program is helping the students reach their potential and really overcoming some major hurdles in doing so,” —Joseph Givens, Director
20 Years of McNair
In 2012, the LSU Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar celebrated its 20th anniversary. More than 25 years ago seven crew members aboard the space shuttle Challenger were killed in explosion on January 28, 1986. Physicist Ronald Erwin McNair, Americaâ€™s second African-American astronaut was aboard. The McNair Research Scholars Program was founded in his honor. LSU McNair Research Scholars was awarded a U.S. Department of Education (ED) $1.35 million, five-year grant to promote doctoral studies for first-generation college students, students who are from a background of financial need, and students from minority groups underrepresented in graduate education. LSU University Collegeâ€™s McNair Research Scholars serves approximately 30 students per year, and boast having some of the highest achieving students nationwide. Students participate in undergraduate research projects and are supervised by LSU faculty and research mentors from a variety of disciplines, giving them an abundance of individualized mentoring from experts in their chosen fields.
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Dr. Wanted! Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate and Professoriate Program
LSU recently experienced a dramatic increase in the overall diversity of its STEM doctoral programs. Before the Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate and Professoriate Program or (LS-LAMP BD) activities, the minority STEM Ph.D. student population had leveled off with a critical mass of 40 students; mostly housed with the chemistry department. Notably, LSU has and maintains an outstanding reputation for producing minority (African-American and Hispanic) PhDs in STEM disciplines like future PhD student and 2012 Chemical Engineering graduate Daniel Osorio (Pictured left). In recent years LSU saw the large graduation of minority PhD’s in it’s history, i.e. over 33 minorities completed STEM Ph.D. between the 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 school years. More than 75% of the PhD graduates have been supported by mentoring programs housed within the LSU Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI), and the LS-LAMP BD program has been the cornerstone of OSI’s mentoring efforts for minority STEM doctoral students.
-To learn more, http://appl003.lsu.edu/stratinit.nsf/index
UP! UP! And Away! Inaugural Year of LSU Upward Bound
Louisiana State University is hosting its first Upward Bound Program. LSU Upward Bound (LSU-UB) is part of TRIO programs and is funded through the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $1.25 million for five years to provide college preparatory services to under-resourced and first-generation students at Tara High School. LSU-UBâ€™s objective is to holistically motivate and provide students with the comprehensive skill-set needed to obtain a college degree. Each year, LSU-UB will provide mentoring and academic preparation to sixty participants during the entire calendar year. In a recent survey, current LSU-UB participants reported grade increases on assignments, a desire to assist in recruitment efforts for additional participants, and enjoyment of program staff and services. -To learn more, http://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/ upwardbound/ 2012/2013 Annual Diversity Report 21
African American Cultural C 22
Center Ribbon Cutting
“The community and the people, this space...the African American Cultural Center is home” —Chaunda Allen, Director Office of Multicultural Affairs
On Friday, May 3, 2013 the LSU African American Cultural Center (AACC) cut the ribbon to officially open its new 5,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, which will provide a meeting and conference space, access to a cultural library, a cultural and artifact tour, internet and wireless access and equipment rental. The ceremony included several addresses, as well as a musical drum prelude by Ipiama "Mama Ama" Kwan and a libation by Nomzamo Iyanu. The original LSU African American Cultural Center was dedicated on Jan. 17, 1993, on Raphael Semmes Road in the same location as the new African American Cultural Center. In 1972 the original meeting place specifically for African-American students was located in the Harambeé House and was later relocated by the Old Christian Science Building. -Donate Here, www.lsufoundation.org , Memo Line: African American Cultural Center
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"LSU is among an elite group of universities with a free-standing and staffed on campus Women's Center " —Summer Steib Director, LSU Women’s Center
On Thursday, May 2, 2013 the LSU Women's Center officially cut the ribbon in its new 5,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, which will provide an expanded library to provide visitors with greater resources related to gender and women's issues, and enhanced programming and classroom space. Among those who addressed the crowd at the ceremony were Vice Provost Katrice Albert, who acknowledged the many women who broke barriers at LSU including Helen M. Carter, for whom the previous Women's Center facility was named, and LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell, who discussed how the Women's Center has transformed the lives of many of LSU's students and proclaimed that the brightest days for the Women's Center are yet to come. The LSU Women's Center provides support, referral and information to students, faculty and staff on issues and concerns related to women. The Center also promotes the advancement of women's issues and well-being through its services, educational programs and advocacy efforts. -Donate Here, www.lsufoundation.org , Memo Line: Women’s Center
Women’s Center Rib
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PAGE TURNER: Clementine Hunter: Her Life and Art. Publishing books that contribute to social and gender equality, diversity, and civic engagement have always been critical to the mission of LSU Press. Over the past year (April 1, 2012 to February 28, 2013), the Press has upheld this longstanding tradition by publishing an array of titles that advance these goals. One title in particular highlights the life of folk artist Clementine Hunter. Clementine Hunter: Her Life and Art, highlighted that Hunter painted every day from the 1930s until her death at age 101. As a cook and domestic servant at Louisiana’s Melrose Plantation, she painted on hundreds of objects available around her—glass snuff bottles, discarded roofing shingles, ironing boards—as well as on canvas. Her paintings of cotton planting and harvesting, washdays, weddings, baptisms, funerals, Saturday night revelry, and zinnias depict her experiences of everyday plantation life along the Cane River. -Learn more, www.lsupress.org
Working Through White Racial Identity Dr. Kenneth Fasching-Varner, the Shirley B. Barton Professor in the School of Education in the College of Human Sciences and Education, believes that for change to occur there must be an effort on behalf of over-represented and dominant groups to figure out the ways in which their identities are privileged and how the intersections of privilege within identity can help us to acknowledge hegemony and build more authentic, meaningful, and equitable relationships. Fasching-Varner published two books addressing his beliefs, the first book Occupying The Academy: Just How Important is Diversity Work in Higher Education was an edited volume that focused on issue for diversity in higher education, particularly in the Obama-era which the editors claim has falsely been labeled as a post-racial era. The second book Working Through Whiteness: Examining White Racial Identity and Profession with Pre-Service Teachers was released in 2012 focused on issues of diversity in classroom settings. -Learn More, www.chse.lsu.edu
The LGBTQ Toolkit Dr.â€™s Elaine M. Maccio, of Louisiana State University, School of Social Work and Co-author Kristin M. Ferguson-Colvin, City University of New York, Silberman School of Social Work, published the Toolkit for Practitioners/Researchers Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY). The toolkit promotes best practices for those serving or studying lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) homeless and runaway youth. The resource combines input from agency executives and program administrators from approximately 20 of the most successful LGBTQ-homeless-youthserving organizations around the country along with programs and practices culled from the leading sources of knowledge on the subject. The purpose is to put information on best practices in the hands of those interacting with LGBTQ homeless and runaway youth. -Learn More, www.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork/nrcfcpp/info_services/download/
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Carlissa Wells, a native of New Orleans, LA
majoring in biological sciences was selected as one of only 10 students to participate in a eight-week paid summer internships at the California Academy of Sciences Summer Systematics Institute. Wells worked for the Academy's Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy, with a research focus on the biogeography of New Guinea birds.
-Learn more, www.research.calacademy.org
Jared Avery, a native of New Orleans, LA is a
doctoral candidate in the LSU College of Human Sciences and Education was selected for one of two prestigious internships with the Council on Graduate Schools, or CGS, in Washington, D.C. Avery worked as a research and best practices intern where he conducted research projects and compiled data, compiled briefing reports and datasets, and developed & maintained electronic resources for external grants and initiatives. -Learn more, www.cgsnet.org 28
While many LSU students were relaxing this past summer students were participating in highly selective summer re the nationâ€™s top non-for-profit organizations.
and enjoying a break from classes, four LSU esearch programs, internships, and joining one of
Isaiah Woodson, a native of Richmond, VA
majoring in chemical engineering and Black Male Leadership Initiative Fellow, participated in Rutgers University’s Research in Science and Engineering, or RiSE, undergraduate research program that advances diversity in science, math and engineering. As part of the program, he studied mechanical and aerospace engineering in the Hybrid Energy Systems Laboratory, researching the fabrication and analysis of thick film composite piezoelectric materials. -Learn more, www.rise.rutgers.edu
Estefania “Nia” Reichard, a native of Alexandria, LA is a graduating senior majoring in International Studies with a minor in Latin America was recently selected to join City Year San Antonio. Nia will be serving as a 2013 San Antonio corps member as tutors, mentors and role models in schools to help students “stay on track” – and “get back on track” – to graduate. City Year San Antonio serves high-need, under-resourced students who are academically underprepared. -Learn more, www.cityyear.org 2012/2013 Annual Diversity Report 29
Let History Bear Witness│ Our Time Is NOW The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee and the Black History Month Committee (MLK /BHM Committee) hosted author, scholar and social commentator Dr. Michael Eric Dyson for the keynote address at the 2013 MLK/BHM Commemorative Celebration. During his address, Dyson encouraged students to make the most of their educational opportunities and to have a vibrant, lifelong experience with learning that will prepare them to be tomorrow’s greatest leaders.
Additionally, Bonnie C. Alford and Justice Bernette J. Johnson were honored with the MLK Unsung Hero Award for their work in preserving the spirit of Dr. King, through the promotion of diversity, equity, and justice among marginalized populations. The program was hosted by LSU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, African American Cultural Center, and the MLK /BHM Committees.
A Night with Maya Angelou
LSU welcomed Maya Angelou world renowned poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil rights activist, producer, and director. The performance that took place at the Union Theater also included including a step show from National Pan-Hellenic Council, performances by the LSU Gospel Choir and poetry slam contest winners sponsored by the LSU Student Activities Board. Angelou told several personal stories about the people who have inspired her work over the years. Those stories brought her message into full circle. Angelou said that rather than bragging about herself, she was instead bragging about the people that had inspired her and were the rainbows in her clouds. She also challenged the audience to “appreciate those that inspire them, and to be the rainbow in someone else's clouds” (Foley, 2013). The program was hosted by LSU’s Campus Life, Student Activities Board, and the LSU Student Union. -Learn more, visit www.lsu.edu/campuslife
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The Louisiana Summit on African American Male Educational Success The Curriculum Theory Project in the School of Education hosted the Louisiana Summit on African American Male Educational Success (AAM-SUMMIT ). The Summit brought together educators from across the region with African American male college students and noted scholars in the broader higher education community. A goal of the AAM-SUMMIT is for LSU to lead a nation-wide conversation about improving educational outcomes for African American men. The featured panelists included Dr. Kofi Lomotey, former Chancellor of Southern University who delivered the opening address. Dr. Lisa Delpit, the Felton G. Clark Distinguished Professor of Education at Southern University, spoke about her new book “Multiplication is for White People: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children.” In addition, Dr. Albert Samuels, Associate Professor of Political Science at Southern University, focused on “State/Local Policy and Practices that Influence African American Male Educational Success.” The focus of the Summit was a featured presentation by LSU Higher Education and the Curriculum Theory Project’s “16” current and alumni African American male graduate students. The student panelists discussed stories of their own education and the experiences that drew them to study at LSU. -Learn more, www.chse.lsu.edu
The Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campus Lifeâ€™s â”‚Critical Conversations: Critical Conversations: The Cradle to Prison Pipeline is designed to teach students, faculty, staff, and the public about mass incarceration in the United States in general and in the state of Louisiana in particular. The intention of these conversations act to increase the awareness of social justice in the federal and state criminal justice systems. The goals, also include, increased commitment to social justice and informed action. Critical Conversations: The Cradle to Prison Pipeline includes a series of workshops, book discussions, presenters, speakers, panel discussions, service projects/trips, and an on-going blog that engages students, faculty, and staff in critical conversations about mass incarnation. -Learn more, visit www.lsu.edu/campuslife
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College of Engineeringâ”‚
Shadow Day The College Shadow Day gave high school students, interested in engineering, the opportunity to network and attend classes with current LSU students majoring in engineering. The program was sponsored by the Office for Diversity Programs and the Innovation through Institutional Integration (I3) Program in the Office of Strategic Initiatives.
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This year 80 high school students were selected to participate in the Fall 2012 College Shadow Day. Program applicants are required to be a high school junior or senior and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Participants included students from local high schools state-wide. In addition to attending classes and having lunch with LSU engineering students, participants received information on admissions, financial aid, and the student services offered through the LSU College of Engineering. -Learn more, www.eng.lsu.edu/diversity/precollege/shadow
I’ve Got Rhythm!│The LSU Preforming Arts Academy present… Rhythmataz! Every Tuesday at 5:30pm in LSU’s Music & Dramatic Arts Building you will find Rhythmataz!, an inclusive general music class targeted toward teens and young adults with and without disabilities in the greater Baton Rouge area. The class focuses on general music skills, such as developing steady rhythms, counting beats, etc. and includes extensive use of handheld percussion instruments and group activities. This program was designed with teens and young adults in mind to address age appropriate programs and services for individuals with disabilities. This program was developed jointly by Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, The LSU Performing Arts Academy, and music therapist Mary Malloy. The program receives support from The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, which has enabled them to offer scholarships to provide financial assistance to students participating in the class. -To learn more, www.cmdalsu.com/paa
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EDCO Unit Spending*
Giving Circles & Annual Funds
Dr. Helen M. Carter Giving Circle
The 55 Society is aimed at supporting recruitment, retention, and leadership programs through the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the African American Cultural Center. Contact: Dr. Chaunda Allen, email@example.com
The Dr. Helen M. Carter Giving Circle represents a group of alumnae and friends of the university who recognize the importance of supporting efforts relevant to women and making an impact at Louisiana State University. Contact: Summer Steib, firstname.lastname@example.org
EDCO Unit Spending The BMLI POWER OF 50 annual fund supports the BMLI Fellowsâ€™ recruitment and retention programs or specifically the Kerry Pourciau-Kirt Bennett Student Leadership Award. Contact: Dr. Chaunda Allen, email@example.com
*Foundation activity includes private gifts, corporate gifts, and grants managed through the LSU Foundation.
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