A Memorandum of Understanding (“Agreement”) establishing a Guaranteed Interview (“GI”) Program between Louisiana State University Health Shreveport School of Medicine (“LSU Health Shreveport-SOM”) and Grambling State University (“GSU”) was signed in the Black and Gold Room in the Favrot Student Union at Grambling State University on October 8.
The MOU represents the desire of both parties to increase the number of African American and Hispanic students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) in Louisiana who apply to the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine. The goal is for these students to subsequently be accepted for admission and graduate from medical school.
The mission of Grambling State University has always been to create opportunities that facilitate scholarly advancement,” said Grambling State University President Rick Gallot, Jr. “The MOU with LSU Health Shreveport creates a seamless pathway for our students to pursue advanced degrees in the medical sciences.”
The Guaranteed Interview Program attests that GSU students who meet specified criteria included in the MOU will be invited to interview with the Admissions Committee of the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine. The MOU is effective July 1, 2021 and shall remain in effect until terminated by either Party. “This landmark agreement provides LSU Health Shreveport an opportunity to propel our message that every student belongs to our learning communities, and it further helps us increase the percentage of African American and Hispanic students who apply, matriculate, and ultimately graduate from our institution”, says Dr. G.E. Ghali.
Those signing the agreement are: LSU Health Shreveport Chancellor G.E. Ghali, DDS, MD, Grambling State University President Rick Gallot, JD, Dean of the School of Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport, David Lewis, MD, and Chair of Admission for the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine, Shane Barton, MD. Additional university representatives in attendance include: Associate Dean for Student and Diversity Affairs, Debbie Chandler, MD, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Diversity Affairs, Toni Thibeaux, PhD, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Wanda Thomas, MD, and Consultant to LSU Health Shreveport, Markey Pierre, DBA. Representing Grambling State University are Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Connie Walton, PhD and Head of Biology, Dagne Hill, PhD.