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.  

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Thank you to our Donors and Supporters:

Gifts to the Office of Diversity through the LSU Foundation is one of the ways that our alumni and friends demonstrate their commitment to LSU. Gifts received enable the Office of Diversity to make an impact in the areas of priority to increase diversity among students, faculty, administration, and staff at LSU. Gifts received in 2016-2017 were immediately used to maintain scholarships, enhance student programs, and provide additional support to faculty, all of which is central to LSU's efforts to become a model of inclusive excellence in higher education. Thank you for being a member of the vibrant community that supports LSU's commitment to diversity and inclusion. 


Hear from some of our students:

Monique LeBlanc 

Monique in LSU cap and gownClass of 2017

Political Science

Hometown: Lafayette, LA


What Monique says:

I’ve been involved with the Women’s Center since my freshman year, and it’s one of the places I’ll miss most. The Women’s Center has been a major part of my experience at LSU. I’ve truly developed as a leader and become more aware of women’s issues and advancement because of their programs. I was president of multiple organizations on campus, and it was always an accepting and amazing space to hold meetings and events.


Why is the Office of Diversity an important asset to LSU’s campus?

The Office of Diversity is important because it provides opportunities and communities for marginalized students. These are important because it helps LSU to maintain a diverse student body, which everyone benefits from.



Derrick Lathan

Derrick in suit and tiePh.D. Candidate


Hometown: Baton Rouge 


What Derrick says:

The Black Male Leadership Initiative led to everything in my college career. It led me to participating in the Mister and Miss Imani Pageant, traveling to my first conference, becoming a McNair Scholar, and discovering my research interests. Those involved with BMLI were my mentors, professors, research associates, and recommenders for graduate school. They were my everything. I still call on them for guidance and advice. BMLI taught me the true meaning of mentorship, which I mimic with my own mentees and students.


Why is the Office of Diversity an important asset to LSU’s campus?

I’ve seen the student body become more diverse, yet even now I am still the only black male in a meeting or workshop. However, I always hear the names of someone from the Office of Diversity mentioned in these meetings, and it lets me know that the staff is still pushing for and promoting inclusivity. I like to think of myself as an unofficial surrogate and spokesperson for the Office of Diversity.

Monique and Derrick are two of the students that benefited from the gifts made in support of diversity. On behalf of Monique, Derrick, and thousands of more, thank you! 


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. View information for online gifts.

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