Give to Diversity Efforts at LSU

"Diversity is Good For Everyone"

Your gift to the Diversity Support Programs Fund is just one of the ways that you can demonstrate your commitment to LSU. All gifts received enable us to make an impact on the areas of priority to increase diversity among students, faculty, administration and staff at LSU. Having the resources to maintain scholarships, enhance student programs and provide faculty support is central to LSU’s efforts to become a model of inclusive excellence in higher education.  


For Online Gifts: please CLICK HERE


Annual Gifts - Make an IMPACT!

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Every year, gifts are used across the division to support the university's efforts to foster a community committed to diversity and inclusion. 


Annual gifts are critically important because they are put to immediate use in the areas of diversity at LSU where they are most needed. Every gift counts, regardless of the size or amount, all gifts have a direct impact on the quality of experience for students, faculty and staff at LSU.


Jerkalynn Lawrence, a freshman political science and history double major, is one of 17 Presidential Millennial Scholars (PMSP), a new initiative is funded by philanthropic support from an alumni benefactor.


The Black Male Leadership Initiative (BMLI) is also an examplee of a program that benefits from annual donor support. Click here to learn more about BMLI and how your annual gift will make an immediate impact in the lives of LSU students.


Why Your Support of Diversity at LSU Matters

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, 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.


The world is increasingly smaller as borders and barriers are removed because of productive international relations or the expansion of technology and its impact on bringing communities together. LSU is at the forefront of path breaking research, cutting edge innovation and producing students who are capable of thriving in a diverse society and contributing at the highest levels.  The Office of Diversity at LSU is central to ensuring that the university continues to produce the people, places and innovations that will continue to add value to the world in which we live.


In a 2009 report the Denver Foundation stated that:

“Most of us are familiar with the suggestion that being more inclusive is simply the "right thing to do." But it is equally important to recognize that building inclusiveness will: Affect your organization's bottom line; Help achieve your organization's mission; Address the changing community in which you operate; and Address disparities in society that impact nearly all organizations, their work, and their constituents.”


As the flagship institution in the state of Louisiana, LSU Baton Rouge is accustomed to leading by example. Our conviction that “Diversity is Good for Everyone” underscores our belief in action that an inclusive campus, one which recognizes the unique contributions and differences of its members, while celebrating the commonalities of all stakeholders in our community, is an essential part of the growth of the state, region, nation and global society.


The university recognizes that a commitment to Diversity and Inclusion is central to our success and we are focused on securing the resources and support to move toward that goal. The LSU community is comprised of students, faculty and staff that make an impact on our region, the nation and world and our ability to attract the best faculty and recruit, retain and graduate the best student’s lies in our ability to successfully secure the financial resources that will allow us to remain competitive and eventually outpace our peers. Flagship 2020 outlines the premise that “LSU Transforms Lives” which means that our university is filled with a multitude of stories about the impact of the LSU experience in creating opportunities to change lives, families, communities and the world.  From countless examples of students who are the first in their family to graduate from college to faculty research aimed at solving some of society’s most pressing issues pertaining to race, class and gender, we are committed to sharing these stories so that alumni, industry and friends may join us in making an impact in transforming lives and transforming the world.



Our Priorities

In addition to annual gifts there are various ways of supporting the advancement of Diversity Initiatives at LSU. Our funding priorities provide an overview of some of the ways you can be involved:



Impacting the academic mission of the university through diversity and inclusion initiatives

GOAL:  Increasing faculty diversity and engagement (Recruitment, Retention, Research)



Creating opportunities for access and success for students at LSU

GOAL: Increasing student scholarships to impact access and success for underrepresented populations at LSU (Access, Retention, Graduation)



Creating an industry standard in inclusive excellence through the provision of holistic student support services, local engagements and global experiences

GOAL: Providing impactful student life experiences and academic support programs to develop the next generation of leaders



Positioning LSU as a catalyst for transforming the community, regionally, nationally and globally by our commitment to diversity, innovation and service

GOAL: Introduce transformative ideas for interdisciplinary programs and projects that position LSU as the preeminent institution for diversity, innovation and service in the nation



Join us in supporting Diversity at LSU

Ways to Give

There are different methods for giving (e.g., scholarships, general support, donation, etc.). You can contribute by check, money order, or online. For Online Gifts: please CLICK HERE

Ways to Outreach

If you or your company would like to sponsor any of our programs and projects, become affiliated with our unit, or want to help us promote the objectives of our office, we recommend that you first please contact us.

Ways to Connect

We want to hear from you. If you are an alum who was involved with any of our offices and are making great strides in your career, the community, or other areas of diversity, let us know. Contact our office with your most recent accomplishments.

For more information please contact:

Kenya LeNoir Messer Ed.D., Associate Vice Provost for Diversity
135 Thomas Boyd Hall
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803
225.578.5736 office
225.578.5980 fax