Chat & Chew

chat chew group discussion
chat and chew facilitator leading discussion
chat and chew group in the union


About Chat & Chew

The Office of Diversity invites you to attend the monthly “Chat & Chew” Diversity and Inclusion Lecture Series for faculty and staff. “Chat & Chew” sessions are designed to provide greater insight into areas that promote the goals of Diversity and Inclusion outlined in our OoD strategic plan, as well as engage faculty, staff, and administrators in thoughtful conversations that will aid in shifting the climate at LSU. The sessions will take place every fourth Tuesday of each month during lunch hour, and the presentation will consist of either a live lecture or webinar followed by a moderated discussion. Chat & Chew takes place in the Vieux Carre Room in the LSU Student Union at 12pm. Bring your lunch and a friend! 


2019-2020 Chat & Chew Schedule - Details Coming Soon

Chaw & Chew schedule - details included below


September 24, 2019 - "Diversity State of the Union"

Presented By: Dr. Dereck J. Rovaris


October 29, 2019 - "Louisiana Election Aftermath: Where do we go from here?"

Moderated By: Dr. Dereck J. Rovaris


November 19, 2019 - "Accommodating Diverse Bodies and Minds"

Moderated By: Ebony McDonald, MSLS


January 28, 2020 - "Cultural Competency"

Moderated By: Angela Guidry


February 18, 2020 - TBA

Moderated By:  TBA


March 31, 2020 - TBA

Moderated By:  TBA


April 28, 2020 - TBA

Moderated By:  TBA



All Chat & Chew sessions are held from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM in the LSU Student Union, Vieux Carre 325.

For more information or to request special accommodations, please contact the Office of Diversity at 225-578-5736.


Chat & Chew Committee


Dedrick Ford

Learning Specialist

Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes

Calvin Marshall

Academic Advisor

Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes

Laura Coleman

Graduate Assistant, Leadership, Communications, Strategic Initiatives, and Outreach

Office of Diversity

Dr. Kenya Messer

Associate Vice Provost

Office of Diversity

John Parham 

Academic Advisor

Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes

Angela Guidry

Executive Coordinator for the Dean, Office of Business Student Success

Director, Diversity and Inclusion

E.J. Ourso, College of Business

Dr. Zakiya Wilson Kennedy

Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion

College of Science

Ebony McDonald 

African and African American Studies Diversity Librarian

LSU Libraries