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Administration OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR Interim Chancellor William Jenkins, PhD

LSU Diversity Statement

OFFICE OF THE ACADEMIC AFFAIRS Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell, PhD

Diversity is fundamental to LSU's mission and the University is committed to creating and maintaining a living and learning environment that embraces individual differences. Cultural inclusion is of highest priority.

OFFICE OF EQUITY, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY OUTREACH Vice Provost Katrice Albert, PhD Assistant to the Vice Provost & Director Marco Barker, PhD Administrative Executive Assistant Tarchia Rankins, MS COMMUNITY UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP| Community Affairs Liaison Brandon Smith LOUISIANA CENTER ADDRESSING SUBSTANCE USE IN COLLEGIATE COMMUNITIES| Associate Director Bret Blackmon, MSW OFFICE OF MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS| African American Cultural Center| Director Chaunda Allen, MPA WOMEN’S CENTER Director Summer Steib

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 preeminent 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, socio-economic 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 competence–the driving forces that enrich and enhance cutting edge research, first-rate teaching, and engaging community outreach activities.

Editors Marco Barker, Ph.D., Director of Educational Equity Jared Avery, Graduate Assistant Mailing Address Office of Academic Affairs Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach Louisiana State University 135 Thomas Boyd Hall Baton Rouge, LA 70803 Photos included in this report are courtesy of colleges, departments, and LSU Communications and University Relations.

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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.

Vice Provost

Katrice A. Albert It is with great excitement that the LSU Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach (ECDO) presents the LSU Annual Diversity Report 2011-2012. Despite continual fiscal concerns and challenges faced by institutions of higher education, LSU has pressed on because of our sincere commitment to providing high quality education. This is a promise linked through our dedicated effort to enhancing learning, discovery, diversity, and engagement— the essence of Flagship 2020. At the center of this progress are the major impact and outcomes of creative partnerships established by faculty, staff, students, and community stakeholders. Throughout the pages of this report, you will see innovative town-gown collaborations demonstrating how the University community has been inspired to work with and grow new ideas reflecting inclusive excellence. In addition to these outstanding collaborative efforts, the achievements of diversity and outreach at LSU have been enhanced by tapping into the talent and leadership of the alumni network and friends of LSU. These extraordinary individuals and groups, such as LSU National Diversity Advisory Board, The 55 Society, The Dr. Helen M. Carter Giving Circle, and others continue to find tangible ways to propel us into a more fully engaged, civically minded, deliberately inclusive future. We stand ready—building on our progress, meeting new challenges, and moving bravely forward.

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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PEOPLE & TALENTS Table of Contents



6 EDCO UNITS 14 26

System President & Interim Chancellor William Jenkins Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell

Flagship Highlights and EDCO Objectives LSU National Diversity Advisory Board About EDCO and Educational Equity Community University Partnership Office of Multicultural Affairs & African American Cultural Center Louisiana Center Addressing Substance Use in Collegiate Communities Women’s Center


Diverse friends—stories of outreach and support Diverse exchanges—stories of shared understanding Unit Highlight: VOLUNTEER LSU Diverse experiences—unique on- and off-campus experiences Diverse audiences—role of art in promoting diversity and outreach Diverse interactions—stories of recruitment and involvement Diverse scholars—stories of scholarship and research


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Chancellor William Jenkins For Louisiana State University, building and sustaining a diverse and culturally inclusive campus community is critical to our core values. LSU's strategic plan, Flagship 2020, highlights both diversity and engagement, along with learning and discovery, as the four strategic elements which should guide all the University's efforts to transform its students, its employees, and its surrounding community. By drawing upon Louisiana's abundant natural and cultural resources, LSU is able to provide each student with a unique and rich educational experience both in and out of the classroom. LSU students are challenged to learn, grow and reach beyond their limits to become both discerning scholars and engaged citizens. The Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Outreach is a leader in coordinating these multi-faceted opportunities. The leadership and staff of EDCO have dedicated significant effort to implementing new initiatives and cultivating relationships across campus and within the Baton Rouge community. Their efforts for students have, at the same time, promoted academic excellence, enhanced personal growth, fostered leadership skills and encouraged community service. This Annual Diversity Report highlights the programs and many of the activities of the past year. I am pleased to share it with you.

Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell In institutions of higher learning, diversity and engagement serve as catalysts—driving innovative thinking, sparking new discovery, and developing creative leaders. Through “Flagship 2020: Transforming Lives,” LSU embraces this vision. Our faculty, staff, and students all strive to intentionally and strategically weave learning, discovery, diversity, and engagement into advancing LSU’s reputation as a top-tier institution. The stories in this report provide a glimpse of the amazing work and evergrowing tenacity of our campus community’s ability to foster change, embrace differences, and to reach communities while learning from these experiences. Whether reaching out to local high school teachers through the College of Engineering’s Awareness Program, discussing commerce with international companies through the E. J. Ourso College of Business’ China Initiative; or through the English department’s service-learning project with Connections for Life-LSU is answering the call. LSU is committed to the idea that diverse people bring with them diverse talents and those talents are the foundation of our future. I hope that you will take the opportunity to learn more about LSU and our extensive diversity efforts in the pages that follow.

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Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach

Flagship Highlights The Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach, or EDCO, 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 Learning & Discovery...The “Balancing Act” of Diversity Gets Published Drs. Katrice Albert and Marco Barker completed a book chapter, “Balancing Act: A Contextual Case Analysis of Re-Centering Diversity in the Midst of Social and Economic Fluctuations,” in Occupying the Academy: Just How important is Diversity Work in Higher Education. The chapter focuses on diversity during the Post-Obama Era through critical, theoretical lenses. One of the book’s authors includes Dr. Kenny FaschingVarner, assistant professor in the LSU College of Human Sciences and Education. The volume addresses the perceptions, decisions, and ideologies that threaten diversity efforts in higher education. This book is published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

National Diversity Advisory Board Sets Eyes on Flagship 2020 The National Diversity Advisory Board or NDAB welcomed new members to its board and developed objectives and strategies aimed at advancing LSU’s diversity and outreach initiatives through Flagship 2020: Learning, Discovery, Diversity, and Engagement. The NDAB represents the power and energy of having diverse people with diverse talents. The Board’s priorities will focus on endowments and naming opportunities for the African American Cultural Center and Women’s Center, the inaugural Tiger Trot in Spring 2013, the 55 Society in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the inaugural Louisiana Conference on Outreach, Race, and Diversity (LaCORD). (See NDAB on Page 8) Learn more, visit:

LSU Consortium on Civic Engagement, Fulfilling LSU’s Land-, Sea-, and Space-Grant Missions In 2010-2011, LSU launched “LSU in Your Backyard” (pictured above) in an effort to demonstrate its impact throughout the state and its role of engaging communities as the state’s public, flagship institution. This statewide tour featured faculty, staff, and students from LSU and the LSU AgCenter engaged in civic engagement and whose work has reached different regions of the state. To better coordinate outreach and engagement efforts, Dr. Katrice Albert and Dean Nancy Clark developed the Consortium on Civic Engagement. The campus-wide consortium examines opportunities for LSU to better engage diverse communities. Learn more, visit:

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Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach 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 campuswide  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

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Mark Goodson, ‘04, ‘06

Todd Schexnayder ‘81

Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer LSU Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach Ex-Officio

Executive Vice President & COO East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, Baton Rouge, LA

Senior Vice President Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Baton Rouge, LA

Marco Barker, PhD ‘10

Katherine Rasy Granier ‘99, ‘02

Tasha Shamlin, MD ‘94

Assistant to the Vice Provost & Director of Educational Equity LSU Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach Ex-Officio

Medical Director Medical Spa of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA

Budget Administrator Louisiana Department of Education, Baton Rouge, LA

David Sickey

Christine Changho Bruneau

Beliota Parquet Hawkins ‘91

Attorney Cotton, Schmidt & Abbott, LLP New Orleans, LA

Human Resources Manager Shell Chemicals Houston, TX

Vice Chairman Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Lake Charles, LA

Cassandra Chandler ‘79

Kellie Irving

Jyric Sims ‘05

Senior Investigative Services Executive Bank of America West End, NC

Director Diversity and Inclusion Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA

Associate Chief Operating Officer and Ethics Compliance Officer Clear Lake Medical Center Webster, TX

Julie Morial, MD

Monica Leach, EdD ‘91

Lois Smyth

Corporate Medical Director Peoples Health Metairie, LA

Interim Dean and Associate Professor Department of Social Work North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC

Administrative Compliance Officer Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Baton Rouge, LA

Julia Dickinson

Patrick McCune ‘03, Law ‘08

Jaime Collins Thomas

Philanthropist Baton Rouge, LA

Attorney Jones Walker Law Firm Baton Rouge, LA

Community Advocate Charlotte, NC

John Paul Funes ‘92

Jaimee Pangburn ‘97, ‘10

President & CEO Our Lady of the Lake Foundation Baton Rouge, LA

Community Advocate New Roads, LA

Mario Garner, EdD ‘02

Stephanie Possa ‘99

Chief Operating Officer HCA Fairview Park Hospital Dublin, GA

Attorney Tyler & Possa Law Firm Baton Rouge, LA

National Diversity Advisory Board Emeritus Members Cherie Arceneaux-Pinac ‘91, Law ‘94

Claude Minor, MD ‘79

Chief Operating Officer, Hammerman & Gainer, Incorporated

General Surgeon, Monroe Surgical Hospital

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

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Senior Vice President of Product Development, Baton Rouge Area Chamber

Joseph Possa ‘88, Law ‘91 Attorney, Tyler & Possa

John Noland Law ‘70 President, Noland Investments

Leonard Stewart ‘98 Attorney of Intellectual Property, Caterpillar *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.

EQUITY, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY OUTREACH 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 educational community.

EDUCATIONAL EQUITY The Educational Equity arm of EDCO is concerned with developing and implementing special initiatives and outreach programs that target specific populations, respond to growing trends, and create institutional partnerships; assessing and communicating institutional diversity and outreach; and formulating diversity education opportunities for both internal and external organizations. Visit

Diversifying the Doctorate: The Pre-Doctoral Scholars Institute Sponsored by the LSU Office of Academic Affairs, the Graduate School, and EDCO, the PDSI Program is a summer, research-extensive program designed to encourage and prepare students from underrepresented populations to pursue doctoral degrees. During Summer 2011, 14 students from across the nation had the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops and seminars, work with a research mentor and a graduate student mentor, learn about LSU and Louisiana culture, and gain assistance with research writing and presentations, personal statements, and other strategies aimed at increasing their graduate school preparedness.

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Where to Find Us: Brandon Smith, Community Affairs Liaison 135 Thomas Boyd Hall

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

Community Location: Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center 950 East Washington Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802

From Service to Stripes: LSU Names First “Give A Year” Scholar LSU graduate student Reagan Samuel became the inaugural recipient of the LSU Give A Year scholarship through LSU’s partnership with the City Year program. Samuel qualified for the graduate-level award by completing her service as a corps member in the City Year program. Corps members serve as mentors, tutors, and role models in high schools. City Year is a member of AmeriCorps that unites young people of all backgrounds to fulfill a year of full-time service. Samuel was placed in Boston where she planned special events and secured donations for a high school leadership development program. The LSU Community University Partnership, or CUP, led the effort to make LSU the first public institution in the nation to form the partnership with City Year, awarding those young adults who “give a year” of service as a corps member, alum, or staff member affiliate with City Year. Samuel earned her bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in history from LSU. She began her Master of Arts in teaching in the College of Human Sciences and Education and has aspirations of earning a doctorate in education.

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Where to Find Us: Chaunda Allen, Director 335 LSU Student Union Building African American Cultural Center 319 Hatcher Hall Raphael Semmes (Future Location)

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 multi-faceted, 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 African American Cultural Center (AACC). Visit and

A Poetic Justice: MLK and Black History Month Commemorative Celebration Welcomed Nikki Giovanni The LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Commemorative Committee and the African American Cultural Center’s Black History Month Committee welcomed renowned poet, activist, and educator, Nikki Giovanni as the 2012 Commemorative Celebration Keynote Speaker. The Virginia Tech professor charged students to be active in their communities, remain committed to their education, and persistently strive to be lifelong learners. Giovanni shared a number of personal stories about the challenges she has faced around issues of race and gender as well as her admiration for some of history’s most prominent figures, specifically Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During the 2012 MLK & BHM Commemorative Celebration, LSU alumnus John Paul Funes, Chief Executive Officer of Our Lady of the Lake Foundation, and community partner Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana received the MLK Unsung Hero Awards for their work in maintaining the same spirit as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in eradicating barriers that adversely impact marginalized populations, promoting crosscultural dialogue, and having a greater understanding of diverse thought and ideas.

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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

Where to Find Us: Bret Blackmon, Associate Director 3198 Pleasant Hall

Data—Driven Dangers: Louisiana Universities Work Together to Create Safe College Environments The Louisiana Center Addressing Substance Use in Collegiate Communities (LaCASU) partnered with four institutions of higher education across the state in the fall of 2011 to host a series of regional workshops. These workshops, sponsored by the Louisiana Higher Education Coalition (LaHEC), took place at McNeese State University, Tulane University, Louisiana State University, and Louisiana Tech University. Two of the speakers included nationally-known Dr. Adrienne Keller from the National Social Norms Institute at the University of Virginia and Craig Davis from Ohio University. Attendees learned about the assessment, formulation, implementation, and evaluation steps in creating social norm campaigns. Presentations also addressed local and national drug trends as well as prevention programs offered by the Office of Behavioral Health and LSU’s Student Health Center.

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WOMEN’S CENTER Where to Find Us: Summer Steib, Director 307 Hatcher Hall Raphael Semmes (Future Location)

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

All-Star Leadership: Lisa Leslie Addresses Louisiana Women’s Summit The Louisiana Women’s Summit is a premier statewide conference aimed at advancing and empowering women through providing inspiration, information, connections, and motivation. WNBA MVP and Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie served as the 2011 keynote speaker. The conference recognized 16 women with Louisiana Pathfinder Awards and recognized Mr. Rolfe McCollister, president and founder of Louisiana Business Incorporated, with the Men Who Champion Women Award. Platinum title sponsors included Blue Cross BlueShield of Louisiana and Entergy.

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Diverse friends. Words with Friends: Department of English Makes “Connections for Life” The Department of English hosts one of the most enduring and successful service-learning partnerships at LSU, a partnership between Sharon Andrews' classes and Connections for Life, a Baton Rouge non-profit agency committed to helping indigent women transition to independent lives. For the past twelve years, LSU service-learning students in Sharon Andrews' composition and literature classes have worked alongside women in the Connections for Life program. Since the partnership began, over 2500 students have contributed more than 36,000 hours of service to the community. Both Andrews and the staff at Connections for Life have won awards recognizing their successful partnership. Andrews is the recipient of the 2011 Gulf-South Summit Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Service-Learning, and Connections for Life was recognized at the 2008 Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning with the Outstanding Partner Contributions to Service-Learning Award. + Learn more, visit the Department of English at

"Learning by doing encourages students to think about the power of language, especially written language, as a reflection of diverse cultural realities; it also challenges them to think about their role in the community and the use of writing to inspire and affect change in the community." —Sharon Andrews, Instructor Annual Diversity Report 2011/2012 PAGE 14

The Wizard of Oz en Español The LSU Spanish Club partnered with Kids Hope, a local organization that provides mentorship and beautification opportunities to lowperforming local schools, to install a bilingual Wizard of Oz garden at University Terrace Elementary School. The garden included bilingual, positive messages that related to Wizard of Oz themes, such as “Follow the yellow brick road to success,” and “Be courageous,” reminding students to achieve their goals and dreams. One of the Spanish Club’s principle objectives as a university organization is to promote and maintain student involvement with the local Hispanic community. As University Terrace is a former ESL teaching institution and has retained a high enrollment of Hispanic students, the club enthusiastically joined the project. + Learn more, visit the Spanish Club and other student organizations through Campus Life at

Research, Teaching...and Mentoring: Dr. Mary Lou Kelley awarded Mentor of the Year Dr. Mary Lou Kelley (middle), professor of psychology, was awarded Faculty Mentor of the Year at the annual meeting of Southern Regional Education Board’s The Compact for Faculty Diversity. Kelley, who also mentors PDSI Scholars (see page 9), was nominated by Ms. Stephanie Grant, LSU doctoral candidate and Dr. Huel Perkins Fellow in school psychology. Kelley and Grant attended the SREB conference, which is the nation’s largest gathering of racial and ethnic minority doctoral scholars seeking faculty careers. Kelley and Grant are currently conducting research comparing two parent interventions for promoting children’s homework completion. + Learn more, visit the Department of Psychology at and visit SREB at

Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership The Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership, or CCELL, serves as a clearinghouse for service-learning pedagogy and community partnerships and coordinates planning, research, pedagogy, and assessment associated with servicelearning and student learning initiatives. Learn more, visit: (See “Words with Friends” on Page 15)

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Engineering 101: High School Teachers Engineering Awareness Program

Working in Harmony: Spring Faculty Enrichment Series on Civility in the Workplace

Held in the summer, the High School Teachers Engineering Awareness Program, or HSTEAP, was designed to introduce engineering to high school mathematics and science teachers and to teach teachers how to infuse engineering into their curriculum. The teachers learned about the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges for Engineering and how to develop a curriculum to inspire students to meet those challenges.

The LSU Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach and LSU Office of the Ombudsperson co-hosted the 2012 Spring Faculty Enrichment series presentation entitled “Workplace Harmony: Creating Civil and Appreciative Cultures in Stressful Times.”

The primary purpose of this program is to help Louisiana science and mathematics teachers develop their engineering knowledge and appropriate teaching strategies. Through HSTEAP, teachers become better prepared to incorporate engineering-based applications and concepts in their math and science courses. The underlying premise is that once teachers are equipped with the appropriate engineering knowledge, they will be able to promote and strengthen the positive image of engineering and increase interest in the high school classroom. Each high school represented at HSTEAP sent mathematics and science teachers. These teachers were joined by faculty members from the LSU affiliated University High. A total of 29 teachers participated in the program, representing 14 Louisiana private and public high schools. + Learn more, visit the College of Engineering Office of Diversity Programs at

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This topic was designed to bring to light the community standards for civility, tolerance, and diversity appreciation, with a focus on the importance and bottom-line benefits of aspiring toward workplace harmony, even in times of crisis. Featured speaker was Thomas Kosakowski, President of the International Ombudsman Association and Ombudsperson for the UCLA Center for Health Sciences. Other presenters included Dr. Melinda Le, Psychologist with the LSU Student Health Center and Dr. Kirsten Schwehm, LSU Ombudsperson. Participants were provided with information and tools which can be used to promote civility in their area. + Learn more, visit the Office of the Ombudsperson at

Diverse exchanges.

From Cajun Country to China: Partnerships Form in Asia The E. J. Ourso College of Business has continued to expand its global reach and partnerships. Two of the college’s most recent partnerships included Xiamen University in Xiamen, Peoples Republic of China, and National Taiwan University’s College of Management in Taipei, Taiwan. The college has an existing partnership with Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, China. These partnerships will enable the Ourso College of Business to further build academic collaborations and provide both faculty and students an opportunity to expand teaching and learning across global contexts. The college’s Flores MBA program routinely takes its students to China as part of the curriculum. + Learn more, visit the E. J. Ourso College of Business at

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LSU Unit Highlight: VOLUNTEER Student Life & Enrollment, Campus Life Created in 2006, Volunteer LSU is the university’s umbrella service organization and serves to assist campus departments and community agencies. Projects organized through Volunteer LSU are open to all students, faculty, and staff. Focus areas for this organization include civic awareness and engagement, environmental and disaster response, health and wellness outreach, and youth programs.

It’s a Win-Win: Building Champions Through Service LSU Campus Life and the University of Alabama Community Service Center, jointly sponsored the Building Champions through Service project at the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Louisiana. The project was a positive expression of spirit by the two schools competing in the Allstate BCS National Championship Football Game. This was the third in a series of programs over the course of nine months partnering with the University of Alabama. Directly following the tornadoes in late April 2011, Campus Life, Greek Board of Directors, Residence Hall Association, and Student Government came together to coordinate a disaster relief item drive called Tigers for the Tide. During Fall Break, 22 students from LSU travelled to Tuscaloosa, Al. to assist with rebuilding efforts with Habitat for Humanity and also learn about the response efforts by the University of Alabama and regional disaster response agencies. Supporters of the event included Campus Federal Credit Union. + Learn more, visit Volunteer LSU at

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Diverse experiences. Diversity Through Design: A Universal Design Experience Interior design students last fall experienced campus through the eyes of those with physical disabilities as part of "Interior Design at LSU: A Universal Design Experience." The project, organized by the Interior Design Student Organization or IDSO, was intended to raise the awareness of design students regarding the importance of the accessibility regulations when designing buildings. The project engaged all interior design majors in experiencing accessibility on campus for those using wheelchairs and other assistive devices. Students reported becoming more aware of universal design through the project and came to understand the reasons for the development of the codes and regulations. They also gained insight into the frustrations and feelings of their peer students with disabilities when navigating the campus. The IDSO compiled the information from the students' experiences during the Universal Design Project for an exhibition on the Design Building atrium wall. Program partners and sponsors included: LSU AgCenter and its LaHouse—a building model for sustainable housing in the Deep South and State Representative Scott M. Simon, a champion of universal design in Louisiana. + Learn more, visit Interior Design and the College of Art + Design at

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Thought Provoking Theatre: Swine Palace Presents The Brother’s Size

Where Music Meets Art: Rufus Reid and Elisabeth Catlett Partner with LSU Museum Of Art

"The Brothers Size" is an evocative, comical and heartbreaking look at brotherhood, coming of age, sexuality and the bonds of family. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "the greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more," the play, set in Louisiana, is the second in McCraney's trilogy, "The Brother/Sister Plays."

Rufus Reid, noted jazz bassist, completed a campus residency and two special concerts with students of the LSU Jazz Band Ensemble at Manship Theatre. His world-premiere performance, “Quiet Pride,” was the showcase of a five-movement work inspired by five sculptures created by American artist Elizabeth Catlett: “Recognition,” “Glory,” “Mother & Child,” “Singing Head,” and “Stargazer.”

As part of the production, Swine Palace held talk back sessions. The first included "The Brothers Size Through Brothers' Eyes: Examining Black Male Leadership" led by Dr. Marco Barker, assistant to the vice provost and director of educational equity with the LSU Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach, and co-director of the LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative, or BLMI, Fellows Program. The talkback session involved an interactive discussion that explored leadership through racial and gender lenses. The session featured a panel of black male students from both LSU and Southern University in order to issue a call to action for the emergence of black male leaders. + Learn more about Swine Palace, visit:

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Catlett has a career spanning over 70 years creating sculptures, drawings, and prints that celebrate African American and Mexican women, from nurturing mothers to strong workers. One of her most notable pieces is the statue of Louis Armstrong that stands at the entrance to the New Orleans Park. Reid’s performances occurred during an exhibition at the LSU Museum of Art titled, “Face of Pride,” which featured selected works of Catlett’s art. Reid’s musical tribute was made possible through the prestigious Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Music Composition award. + To learn more, visit the College of Music and Dramatic Arts at

Diverse audiences. Música de los Niños: Doctoral Student Conducts Youth Symphony in Panama Raul Gomez (with violin), doctoral student in from Costa Rica, was invited to guest conduct an entire concert of the Panamanian Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in Panama City, Panama. Raul Gomez received a highly prestigious Fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival, arguably the word’s most visible and noted summer classical music institutional. Gomez is studying in the School of Music in the College Music and Dramatic Arts. He also leads the Kids’ Orchestra in Baton Rouge. Pictured with Gomez is fellow doctoral student Isaac Casal of Panama (with cello). Casal shared Gomez’s work in Baton Rouge with FUNSINCOPA, which Casal founded, and which generated the invitation for Gomez. + Learn more about the School of Music, visit:

+ Learn more about the Ronald McNair Scholars Program at

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Diverse interactions.

Future Tigers Meet Tyrus: LSU BMLI Preview Day During Homecoming Week, the LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative, or BMLI, hosted its inaugural LSU Preview Day. The program was designed to provide young black males, grades 7-9, with insight into college life. With increasing admission standards at LSU and universities across the nation, the Preview Day emphasized the importance of preparing for college early. More than 90 black male students from local middle and high schools assembled in the LSU Student Union to learn more about LSU and the necessary high-school admissions requirements. The Preview Day included a campus tour, information from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, a "hype" session with Mike the Tiger, and a lunch discussion with Tyrus Thomas, a Baton Rouge native and former LSU basketball player who currently plays for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, and Sevetri M. Wilson, an LSU alumna who is the lead community consultant for the Tyrus Thomas Foundation. Thomas' non-profit organization focuses on youth development. + Learn more about BMLI, visit:

Information on Black Male Enrollment. Since 2007, the percentage of black male students enrolling at LSU as part of the incoming class has increased from 3.44 percent (2007) to 4.43 percent (2010). In Fall 2011, black males constituted 4.63 percent of the incoming freshmen class. The BMLI Fellows Program formed in 2010 to assist with black male retention and has since added recruitment and outreach as part of its focus.

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Bridging Living and Learning: Residential Life Presents Tunnel of Oppression The Department of Residential Life hosted the Tunnel of Oppression in Kirby Smith Hall. The purpose of the program was to provide students with a direct experience of the various forms of oppression that exist at LSU, in the Baton Rouge area, and nationally. The students that attended the program completed a 40-minute tour followed by a 20-minute facilitation session with a faculty or staff member to process the issues presented. Afterwards, the students completed a pledge card in which they stated how they planned to be a change agent in their community. The issues presented in the Tunnel of Oppression were selected by LSU student organizations who submitted a cause they wanted to share with the rest of the community.

Cyber Bullying Session

Issues focused on human trafficking, homelessness, body image, cyber bullying, domestic violence, and discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) persons. Over 200 students attended the event and greatly benefited from the experience. Many of the students completed an assessment form and 90% of the respondents reported having gained increased knowledge of the relevance of oppression to their everyday life, one of the primary learning outcomes of the event. + Learn more about Residential Life: visit:


Participants who gained increased

knowledge of the relevance of

Human Trafficking Session

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Reading...and Diversity are Fundamental: Important Publications Publishing books that contribute to social and gender equality, diversity, and civic engagement has always been critical to the mission of LSU Press. Over the past year, the Press has upheld this longstanding tradition by publishing an array of titles that advance that goal. These published works address social equality, equity, diversity, and civic engagement: The Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus: Race and Representation in the Pelican State (photo above) Co-authored by Jas M. Sullivan, LSU assistant professor of Political Science and African and African American Studies Newcomb College, 1886-2006: Higher Education for Women in New Orleans Bayou-Diversity: Nature and People in the Louisiana Bayou Country Louisiana Saturday Night: Looking for a Good Time in South Louisiana's Juke Joints, Honky-Tonks, and Dance Halls Louisiana Aviation: An Extraordinary History in Photographs + Learn more, visit the LSU Press at

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EXTRAordinary Talent: Undergraduate Researchers across the Region Present at LSU The LSU Undergraduate Research Conference, sponsored by the Office of Strategic Initiatives, and supported by the LSU Cain Center and LSU College of Science, provided an opportunity for undergraduate students conducting research in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and the Social Sciences at universities and community colleges to participate in a poster and oral presentation competition. The conference also featured a keynote speaker internationally recognized in the advancement of undergraduate research and a networking activity for the students interested in graduate study. The conference served as a remarkable platform for promoting intellectual dialogue among undergraduate researchers, encouraging students to explore and experiment. Participation in the conference increased from 60 to 95 participants in the last three years, drawing on the excellence of undergraduate research students from LSU and other Louisiana universities. Notably, several historically black college and universities (HBCUs), including Southern University at Baton Rouge and Xavier University of New Orleans, have continuously participated in the conference. The diverse cadre of students, from LSU and beyond, thrive in this kind of forum, as it was an opportunity to share their passion about their research, and future, with the faculty judges and their peers. + Learn more, visit the Office of Strategic Initiatives at

Diverse scholars.

Empowering Educators: LSU Provides Opportunities to Fuel Science and Math in K-12 Education Across the State The Louisiana Math and Science Teacher Institute, a project in the LSU College of Science and funded by a 5-year, $5-million grant from the National Science Foundation, was awarded to offer a special track of the LSU Masters of Natural Sciences Degree program designed for practicing middle- and high-school math or science teachers. The academic work is delivered in three intensive, six-week summer institutes and the two intervening academic years. All academic work is scheduled to avoid conflicts with teaching. The project works with fifteen school districts within 45 miles of Louisiana State University, which together serve about a fifth of the students in the state. These districts include about 100 schools serving a total of 52,000 students in grades 7-12. Of these students, 63% are at-risk (i.e., on free or reduced lunch) and 55% are minority (essentially all African-American). The LSU MNS program will accelerate the creation of new career tracks and opportunities for middle and high school math and science teachers, while attracting large numbers of teachers from communities of color. Supported by a $8M grant from the US Department of Education, the Central Louisiana Academic Residency for Teachers (CART) represents a strong, committed partnership of nine Central Louisiana (Cenla) high poverty rural school districts within The Rapides Foundation service area (Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn), the Louisiana Department of Education, The Rapides Foundation and its education initiative, The Orchard Foundation, the Urban Learning and Leadership Center, Advanced Learning Partnerships, LSU-Alexandria, and LSU-Baton Rouge. These partners have worked together many years to assess the challenges faced in these rural communities and provide interventions that will lead to improved student learning and performance in Central Louisiana. + Learn more, visit the Gordon A. Cain Center Center for STEM Literacy at or visit the College of Science at

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financials Giving Circles and Annual Funds

EDCO Unit Foundation Activity*





Endowments Expenditures


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: Chaunda Allen,

FY 2010

FY 2011

FY 2012


Dr. Helen M. Carter Giving Circle


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,

The BMLI POWER OF 50 annual fund supports the BMLI Fellows’ recruitment and retention programs or specifically the Kerry Pourciau-Kirt Bennett Student Leadership Award. Contact: Dr. Marco Barker,

Supplies, $19,406.67

Professional Support, $22,059.10

Other Charges, $11,583.84

Telecommunications, $13,326.47 Operating, $40,182.03

EDCO Unit Spending

Travel, $15,889.91

Salaries Graduate Students Other Employee Support Travel Operating Telecommunications Supplies Professional Support Other Charges

Other Employee Support, $35,531.99 Graduate Students, $62,382.46

Salaries, $452,339.13

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$143,065 in sponsored program spending

*Foundation activity includes private gifts, corporate gifts, and grants managed through the LSU Foundation.

university data Undergraduate Student Diversity1 Asian American/ Pacific Islander International

White, Non-Hispanic

Hispanic or Latina/o

Black or African American

Graduate Student Diversity1 Ethnic Minority


U.S. underrepresented groups

Two or More Races American Indian





Faculty Diversity1 Ethnic Minority


U.S. underrepresented groups

0.4% 1.5%






Did you hear?

College women comprise 51.1%



Executive/Professional Ethnic Minority 17.2% U.S. underrepresented groups

@ 20%

The College of Science ranked the highest for ethnic minority undergraduate enrollment.

The College of Humanities & Social Sciences had the largest concentration of Latina/o doctoral students at 35.3% (15 out of 53 total degree-seeking). Women comprised 52% of new faculty hires, an increase from 2010.




Staff Diversity2

Diversity Highlights3 Did you know?


include only student and full-time faculty data (LSU Fall Facts, 2011). 2Fall 2011 staff and faculty who do not carry primary instruction duties (Budget and Planning, 2012). 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.





Clerical/Skilled/Service Ethnic Minority 59.7% U.S. underrepresented groups





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LSU Annual Diversity Report 2011-2012  

The 2011-2012 Edition of “Diverse People. Diverse Talents” commemorates the progress and accomplishments of Equity, Diversity and Community...

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