The Office of Diversity Affairs is dedicated to providing equal opportunity and assisting those who have traditionally been on the outside looking in.

Debbie Chandler, MD

"It is truly a great honor to have been appointed as Assistant Dean of Diversity Affairs at LSU Health Shreveport. As a graduate from this institution, my workplace since my graduation 2010 to date, I am extremely proud to head this all-new diversity unit and, more precisely, to oversee institution-wide diversity and inclusion. Consequently, my vision looks for creating a healthy work and campus environment where all stakeholders, as a close-knit community, will definitely enjoy living and working, regardless of culture, race, religion, or ethnicity differences.

To concretize this vision, I will consider to provide strong leadership including senior leadership from groups traditionally underrepresented in Medicine; to promote diversity training and education for diverse groups of students, residents, or staff members; to create a supportive support culture, including: mentoring, recruiting, retention and advancement of students; to assess and evaluate our diversity programs for necessary follow up.

The application of these key strategies will give way to crafting institution-wide diversity and inclusion programs, outreach and synergy activities that will enrich the overall student’s learning experience on campus and the all-embracing stakeholders’ productivity.

I look forward to teaming up with Dr. G. E. Ghali, Chancellor; Dr. Jane M. Eggerstedt, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Ms. Marisa Roberson, Director of Diversity Affairs; Dr Scott Kennedy, Assistant Dean of Student Admissions; our house-staff and faculty, in an ultimate effort to provide LSU Health Shreveport with the most effective diversity program in response to an increasingly diverse workforce."

Since 1993, LSU Health Shreveport has taken an active role to improve the science and math background of disadvantaged students by soliciting federal and institutional funds to sponsor summer enrichment programs. To demonstrate its commitment to improve the quality of education for pre-college and college students, LSU Health Shreveport has forged partnership linkages with the Caddo and Bossier Parish School Districts, and the twenty-six colleges/ universities in 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 partnership linkages succeed.

Diversity Affairs

Diversity Affairs

Diversity Affairs

Diversity Affairs