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. Toni Thibeaux, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity Affairs; 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."



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 partner to host HBCU Day. This 8-hour workshop creats 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.

►Learn more about HBCU Day


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.
Learn more about our Student Programs.


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. 
Check out the 2019 Photo Gallery.



Office of Diversity Affairs
LSU Health Shreveport
1501 Kings Highway
P.O. Box 33932
Shreveport, LA 71130-3932
(318) 675-5049
(318) 675-4332 FAX

Meet Our Team



"I am grateful for the Office of Diversity Affairs at LSU Health Shreveport and their current medical students for hosting a 2-day workshop focused on navigating each part of the AMCAS application. I learned everything from tips on writing a unique personal statement to choose appropriate experiences for the work and activities section. As a result of the workshop, I have gained confidence in completing this crucial component in the journey of applying to medical school."  Alika


Diversity Affairs News

Diversity Affairs Annual Cultural Celebration

Diversity Affairs

Promoting Equality, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity Affairs Lecture

Diversity Affairs

Assessing and Evaluating Our Diversity Programs

Faculty and Residents of Department of Endocrinology

Diversity Affairs

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

Diversity Affairs Student Program Poster Session

Diversity Affairs

Providing Training and Education for Diverse Student Groups