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, MBA

"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 is to create an inclusive work and campus environment, where all stakeholders will definitely enjoy living and working, regardless of culture, race, religion, or ethnicity.

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. Toni Thibeaux, 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."

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Diversity Affairs Calendar

HBCU Day

HBCU Day on November 16, 2019

As part of a strategy to recruit more students from priority populations, the Offices of Diversity and Academic Affairs at the School of Medicine, School of Allied Health, and the School of Graduate Studies will partner to host the inaugural HBCU Day on November 15 and 16, 2019 This 8-hour workshop creates an opportunity for our administrators, faculty, and staff to engage with students who are enrolled at a 4-year HBCU in Louisiana and discuss the pathway to become a medical doctor, allied health professional or researcher. Some topics will include our medical curriculum, learning environment, admissions process, financial aid, student groups, summer research, mentoring programs, campus culture and climate, and student experiences. Students who are enrolled at Grambling, Southern (Baton Rouge and New Orleans), Xavier, and Dillard will participate. On November 15th, students will attend a Meet and Greet in the atrium of the BRI. On November 16, the prospective students will attend workshops, focus groups, and campus tours within the medical school. The cost for students to attend this event is FREE and includes lodging and food.

   

Student Summer Programs

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.
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Annual Meet and Greet

At the start of the academic school year, medical students, faculty, staff, residents, and fellows are invited to attend the annual Meet and Greet. The intended targeted population are minority students. However, all students are invited as a way to demonstrate the medical school’s effort towards embracing diversity and inclusion. The purpose of this event is to provide a space outside of the traditional classroom setting for students to engage with prospective mentors, advisors, and peer-to-peer tutors. The expected outcome of the annual event is for students to build and foster positive relationships, and to feel they are a part of the LSU Health Shreveport medical and teaching communities. Creating a sense of belonging could enhance student learning. 
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Diversity Affairs Annual Cultural Celebration

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Promoting Equality, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity Affairs Lecture

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Providing Training and Education for Diverse Student Groups

Faculty and Residents of Department of Endocrinology

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Creating a Learning and Work Environment that Cultivates a Sense of Belonging

Diversity Affairs Student Program Poster Session

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Assessing and Evaluating Our Diversity Programs