The Office of
Multicultural Affairs was established to enhance diversity within LSUHSC by assisting in
the recruitment of underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged students for
the Schools of Medicine, Graduate Studies, and Allied Health Professions. The office works in collaboration with other
administrative and social support services within the institution to assure
successful retention of students by providing academic and career counseling
and diversity training.
Since 1993 LSUHSC has taken an active role in improving the science and math background of students by soliciting federal
and institutional funds to sponsor six summer enrichment programs. To
demonstrate its commitment to improving quality of education for pre-college
and college students grades K-16, LSUHSC has established partnerships with
the Caddo and Bossier Parish School Districts, the Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science
Center, and twenty - six colleges/universities in the state of Louisiana. Each
partner in the pipeline provides one or more of the necessary components
(students, space, structured enrichment programming, research activities, and
funds) to ensure that the partnerships succeed.
office also sponsors two student groups the Student National Medical
Association (SNMA) and the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association
(APAMSA). These students are involved in
Pre-Medical Recruitment, Community Outreach, and Public Health Education. The LSUHSC chapters implement numerous
national protocols which includes the Youth Science Enrichment Program (YSEP),
the Health Professional Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP), and the
Minority Association of Pre-Health Professional Students (MAPS). These programs are designed to encourage
minority students to pursue careers in medicine and allied health professions.