Southeast Regional Diversity Matters Symposium


Faculty, Staff and Students participated at the Southeast Regional Diversity Matters Symposium at the University of Florida on April 22-24, 2016

 Diversity Symposium

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Joseph Taboada; Brandon Day, second-year student, president of the LSU VOICE chapter;  Alexis Traylor, second-year student; Stephanie Johnson; and Kayla Baudoin.


Joseph Taboada, DVM, DACVIM, professor in the department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS), associate dean for Veterinary Education and Student Affairs; Lorrie Gaschen, PhD, DVM, Dr., DECVDI, professor in VCS, associate dean for Diversity and Faculty Affairs; Stephanie Johnson, MSW (LSU 1992), LCSW, assistant professor in VCS, counselor in Student Affairs; Kayla Baudoin, academic counselor in Student Affairs; and Class of 2018 students, Brandon Day and Alexis Traylor, participated at the symposium hosted by the the University of Florida on April 22-24.


Dean Willie Reed, Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine, provided the keynote address “Leadership perspective: Moving the needle by creating the recruiting pipeline, creating culture of inclusion, and getting people on board.” Drs. Taboada and Gaschen spoke on the topics of “Individual School Approaches Addressing Diversity and Inclusion” and "Impact of the AAVMC Leadership Academy on Changing the Culture in an Institution.” Brandon Day (class of 2018) was a panelist on the topic of “Perspectives on Individual School Efforts Towards Diversity.” Brandon is the current President of the LSU Veterinary Students as One in Culture and Ethnicity (VOICE) chapter.


LSU was one of 24 veterinary schools at the symposium. The symposium provided the opportunity to network with other veterinary schools on the topic of diversity and inclusivity through many panel discussions and lectures. 


For more information about the symposium, contact Dr. Lorrie Gaschen at


Diversity Symposium

Pictured from left to right: Stephanie Johnson; Kayla Baudoin; Alexis Traylor, second-year student; Dr. Joseph Taboada; Brandon Day, president of the LSU Voice chapter; and Dr. Lorrie Gaschen.


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