The tragic events that have transpired in recent weeks have further illuminated a spotlight on the racial divide that exists in our nation. Brutal and often senseless scenes have unfolded, highlighted by what was witnessed in Minneapolis last week. The cry for justice has been immediate and witnessed throughout the country. Louisiana State University stands with those who want a more just and humane society. We do so with civility, with compassion, and with a desire to seek understanding.
The physical distancing that resulted from our collective need to respond to the worldwide pandemic has not removed our social connectedness. We remain intricately linked one to another through our academic enterprise. Our common pursuit of knowledge can never exist in a vacuum. This is witnessed by our constant need to explore new concepts, new ideas, and new perspectives in an engaging and interactive learning community. This interactive community is one that is undergirded with increased diversity and inclusion.
We, the administrators and leaders of LSU, are firmly committed to the full respect of all members of our community. We will work to eliminate barriers that any members of our community experience. Ours is an inclusive community that is welcoming and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and guests. Diversity is fundamental to LSU's mission and the university is committed to creating and maintaining a living and learning environment that embraces individual difference.
As we navigate the intersection of this health pandemic and racial divide, we do so much like our championship football team did this past season. We do so as “One LSU, One Heartbeat!” As many of us celebrated that decorated season, we witnessed the rich diversity that was on the field and in the stands. We came together in our differences and were victorious. Once again, in this most difficult time, we stand together and we stand for one another. We must do so as we fully understand what Dr. King admonished, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Thomas Galligan, LSU Interim President
G. E. Ghali, DDS, MD, FACS, FRCS(Ed)
Debbie Chandler, MD, MBA, Associate Dean for Diversity and Student Affairs
Toni Thibeaux, EdD, MPH, CLS, Assistant Chancellor Vice Chancellor for Diversity Affairs