Letter from the Dean 

photo: mari feuntes-martin

Dear Students,

On behalf of the Office of the Dean of Students, I would like to welcome you back to LSU for the Spring 2018 semester.  This is my third year as the Associate Vice President and Dean of students. If we have not met, I urge you to introduce yourself to me and share your LSU story. I like to be called Mari (pronounced Mah-dee).

The Office of the Dean of Students has been busy planning for the spring. The priorities of our office include leadership & involvement; diversity, inclusion & cultural competence; holistic student development; and safety & security. Some of our plans for this semester include:

  • LSU President’s Greek Life Task Force – Finalize report by January 31 and implement recommendations to improve the overall University governance and oversight of all Greek organizations;
  • LSU Code of Student Conduct – Revise and work with Student Government to include an amnesty clause to empower bystanders to seek help for fellow students;
  • MLK Day of Service – Collaborate with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and encourage student to volunteer;
  • Disability Services will be expanding their space in Johnston Hall to add 30+ test proctoring spaces;
  • National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) - Welcoming Diversity workshops will be held each month and presentations may be requested by departments and groups;
  • Student Government
    • Groovin' 2018 will be held on March 22 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center with the artist announcement to be made in February;
    • Elections will be held for a new Student Body President and Vice President, College Council officers, and new Student Senators to represent students from each academic college;
  • Tiger Twelve Class of 2018 will be selected and announced in March; and
  • The 2nd Annual LSU Remembrance Ceremony will be held on April 11 to honor our fallen Tigers who have passed away within the last year.

I also want to make you aware of a campus-wide initiative called LSU Cares; which is dedicated to the well-being of students and the promotion of a community that cares about each of its members. If at any time you have a concern or complaint, please submit a report through the LSU Cares webpage.

Our staff are here to be your advocates, cheerleaders, and supporters throughout your college experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the events, services, and resources available through the Office of the Dean of Students. Geaux Tigers!


Mari Fuentes-Martin, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President & Dean of Students

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