Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Sarah Temple
Submission Date Oct. 18, 2012
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Louisiana State University
PAE-8: Support Programs for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Denise Newell
Manager, Campus Sustainability
LSU Facility Services
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, affinity groups, academic support programs, or other programs in place to support underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups within the student body:

• The Office of Multicultural Affairs is a multi-faceted, student-orientated programming department that focuses on academic excellence, leadership development, and social growth experiences for all students regardless of background or identity but has a keen focus on underrepresented student groups.

• The LSU Summer Scholars Program is an eight-week summer program that prepares selected under-represented minority students to make a successful transition from high school to the University. This summer experience offers students the opportunity to become adjusted to the academic, personal, and social challenges they may encounter at LSU. Students are provided with a structured environment conducive to building the fundamental skills necessary to enhance the likelihood of successful completion of a bachelor’s degree. In addition to tutoring, sessions on study skills and academic and leadership development workshops, the Program provides extensive academic and personal counseling to prepare students for the challenges many new freshman encounter.

• The Black Male Leadership Initiative Fellows Program is designed to improve the retention, graduation, and participation rates for black male students through mentoring, leadership development, and academic support, while connecting these students with faculty, staff and the campus community. The Fellows program will begin with 16-20 freshmen and sophomores and will target Black males. Participants of the program will be coined Fellows and will participate in a series of workshops on career planning, leadership, and citizenship, have their grades monitored and receive academic recommendations provided by professional staff, be assigned a faculty or staff mentor, attend leadership conferences, and engage in social activities aimed at socializing the Leader to campus and other settings.

• The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes (CCACSA) is comprised of an academic affairs team, a student affairs team, and an information technology team. Collectively, the purpose is to provide an all inclusive student-centered support structure for all student-athletes from matriculation through graduation and life beyond.
• The Safe Space Campaign/LBGTQ Project works to make LSU a safer space for all students regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. There are many different ways for you to get involved in the work we are doing on campus and in the community.


A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups within the faculty:

• The Black Faculty and Staff Caucus’ (BFSC) purpose is to ensure and maintain equitable treatment of African American faculty and staff in promotions and job opportunities. The organization shall serve as an advocate for educational equity and a work environment free of racial tensions and biases with the liberty of investigating and addressing concerns. BFSC shall also monitor and address retention of minority faculty, staff and students. The organization shall provide assistance, education and social interaction for faculty, staff and students through workshops, lectures, seminars, meetings, professional development opportunities and employee assistance programs within and outside the University community.

• The University Council on Women serves as an advisory council to the provost to address specific, tangible concerns and issues affecting all women in the LSU community. Continuing the outstanding efforts and strides made by the LSU Commission on the Status of Women, the UCW will also assist in developing policies and procedures that promote equitable participation of women students, faculty and staff.


A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups within the staff:

• The Black Faculty and Staff Caucus’ (BFSC) purpose is to ensure and maintain equitable treatment of African American faculty and staff in promotions and job opportunities. The organization shall serve as an advocate for educational equity and a work environment free of racial tensions and biases with the liberty of investigating and addressing concerns. BFSC shall also monitor and address retention of minority faculty, staff and students. The organization shall provide assistance, education and social interaction for faculty, staff and students through workshops, lectures, seminars, meetings, professional development opportunities and employee assistance programs within and outside the University community.

• The University Council on Women serves as an advisory council to the provost to address specific, tangible concerns and issues affecting all women in the LSU community. Continuing the outstanding efforts and strides made by the LSU Commission on the Status of Women, the UCW will also assist in developing policies and procedures that promote equitable participation of women students, faculty and staff.


The website URL where more information about the programs in each of the three categories is available :

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