OoD Special Initiatives and Programs

College Student Initiatives

Black Male Leadership Initiative 2020 (BMLI)

An LSU long-term initiative aimed at enhancing and increasing Black male recruitment, enrollment, persistence, performance, and graduation and engaging Black male alumni and community leaders in ways that connect them with Black college males.


Black Male Leadership Initiative (BMLI) Fellows Program (Co-sponsored with the Office of Multicultural Affairs)

A leadership and personal development cohort retention program that provides academic, leadership, professional, and cultural development opportunities for male students, targeting Black college male students.


President’s Millennial Scholars Program (PMSP)

An academic, personal, and professional development program for students of color and students from underrepresented populations. PMSP is aimed at creating an environment for students where academic and professional excellence is expected.

Graduate and Research Initiatives

Pre-Doctoral Scholars Institute 

Housed in the LSU Graduate School, this program targets sophomore and junior Humanities and Social Science students from underrepresented populations who have completed at least half of their required coursework and are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree. 

Click Here for Information regarding the 2017 Pre-Doctoral Scholars Institute


Recruitment Initiatives

Graduate Diversity Preview

Co-sponsored with the Graduate School, undergraduates from minority serving institutions are invited to the LSU for a one-day visit and have the opportunity to speak with students, faculty, and staff in order to gain greater insight into the LSU and the graduate application process.  


SPRINGFEST Recruitment Weekend

A recruitment weekend that targets ethnic minority high school juniors (rising seniors) and provides the opportunity for students to spend three days and two nights on the LSU Campus at the end of Spring.  Please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs for more information or email oma@lsu.edu.


Student Visits

Students, parents, or faculty who are interested in visiting the University and wish to have an emphasis on LSU’s diversity and cultural perspective may contact our office to arrange a special visit.  For graduate school inquiries, please contact Clovier Torry at 225-578-3194 or email citorry@lsu.edu.  For all other interests, please contact Chaunda Allen, Assistant to the Vice Provost for more information: calle18@lsu.edu.  Traditional and all visits may be arranged through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid.

Faculty and Staff Recruitment & Development

Faculty Enrichment Series 

Enhancing Faculty and Staff Diversity

Diversity Grants

HBCU Visiting Professor Program (postponed) 

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity