Our Commitment To Diversity, Inclusion & Equity
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture are committed to serving all of Louisiana’s diverse citizens and students. It is imperative that we meet the needs of everyone and that our programs and employment are diverse, equitable and inclusive.
Diversity and Inclusion Champions
Diversity and Inclusion Champions will serve as a point of contact for students and fellow faculty in the College of Agriculture. They will be mentors, confidants, and advocates for students in their respective departments. Each champion will serve as a liaison between the students and/or Dean’s Office to the Department Heads and Faculty advisors in cases where inequitable treatment may have occurred.
Council for Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Change
The joint council advises our organizations on policies, programs and actions that support and guide our students, faculty, staff, partners, and communities in working toward a more diverse, safe, positive, equitable, and inclusive environment for all citizens of Louisiana regardless of their race, color, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or disability.
Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) at LSU members promote the advancement of members of ethnic and cultural groups that are underrepresented in agricultural and related sciences. MANRRS is a national society that welcomes members from all racial and ethnic groups interested in careers in agricultural and related sciences. MANRRS supports professional development of minorities through its network, acting as a springboard for entry into and advancement of careers. The organization helps establish partnerships among its student and professional members while promoting scholarly achievement in a nurturing environment.
Tigers for Cultivating Change
Tigers for Cultivating Change is established for the expressed purpose of providing a safe, inclusive network for students interested in agricultural sciences who are a part of or allies of the LGBTQ+ community. Focusing efforts on advocacy, education, and community, this organization will strive to promote inclusion and visibility for LGBTQ+ individuals within the College of Agriculture and larger Louisiana State University community.
Pre-Vet Chapter of the NABV
The Pre-Vet Chapter of the National Association of Black Veterinarians is focused on bringing awareness to minorities in veterinary medicine. The mission of this organization is to provide students interested in veterinary medicine with the opportunity to network, receive guidance and support, opportunities for clinical experience and internships, and many more amazing opportunities throughout their time here at LSU.
Vice President's Diversity Graduate Assistantship
The LSU College of Agriculture has established The Vice President’s Diversity Graduate Assistantship for African-American students. This program’s goal is to increase and enhance diversity, equity and inclusivity into the graduate programs of the College of Agriculture and will include four $25,000 assistantships to support funding for Ph.D. graduate students.
The Ag Fellows program is one of our premier initiatives to recognize and recruit the top underserved scholars in this country. It is our goal as a land-grant university to educate the most diverse student body to address the complex global challenges we face today.
Additional University Resources
For additional resources, please visit the LSU Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion website.
LSU Inclusive Communications Toolkit
One key thing to know when creating messages about sensitive subject matter is that it is important to be mindful of the language you’re using, but that no message can ever be created so perfectly that no one is able to find some issue with it. If someone does object to a well-intentioned post, always begin by listening carefully to the issue raised as well as the worldview that it represents. The person speaking out may have good insight or may be feeling pain from a personal experience and simply needs the opportunity to be heard, but substantive and thoughtful revision may also be required.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resource Modules
The LSU College of Agriculture has developed resource modules focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. These modules serve as a tool that will continuously reviewed and expanded on to provide further educational opportunities for members of the College of Agriculture. The purpose of the resource modules is to help promote the principles of what it means to be inclusive to every member of our LSU family. By taking part in exploring these resources you are demonstrating your pride in LSU and upholding your commitment to the LSU community. If you are interested in enrolling in the modules or would like more information, please email the College of Agriculture at email@example.com.
For more information, contact
Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Opportunity
127 Woodin Hall