The Office of Diversity Affairs is dedicated to providing equal opportunity and assisting those who have traditionally been on the outside looking in.



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.


Amanda recently started a small program to visit local nursing homes and give manicures to the residents - a program she has named "Manicures that Matter.” She collected donations of nail polish and other supplies to make this project a reality. She specifically made sure to collect pre-made manicure sets that make it much easier to apply the nail polish to patients with arthritis or tremors, keeping in mind the difficulties these patients would have with regular nail polish. While there has been some difficulty in trying to visit different nursing homes due to COVID restrictions, she and a group of friends have gone to Magnolia Manor twice and plan on visiting biweekly as their schedules permit. Something that started as part of the MSII community service assignment became a passion project for Amanda, and she hopes that she can expand to visit more local nursing facilities in the future.    

Dr. Brantley is an extremely hardworking resident and is always willing to lend a helping hand. She is dedicated to her patients and committed to the future of our program. She has recently done an excellent job organizing and assisting with improvements in our virtual interview process. She does it all with a smile on her face! Congratulations, Dr. Brantley! You are awesome! - LSUHS Resident Council

Luke entered the lab of Dr. Steve Alexander in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology through his enrollment in the MD/PhD program.  His dissertation project is titled, “Development and Experimental Validation of Emergency Ventilatory Strategies and Adjunctive Devices for Reducing Ventilator Induced Lung Injury”. 
Congratulations, Luke!

Learn more about Luke's Research in the Alexander Lab

Dr. Nick George (PGY-4 Internal Medicine / Pediatrics) was one of the best residents I have encountered thus far. He genuinely includes students as a part of the treatment team allowing us to learn important clinical skills. Each day he took time to teach us whichever area we felt weak in and patiently answered every question we had. I left his team a better clinician. Every patient under his care got his full attention and respect. It was incredible to watch him connect so easily with patients and those involved in the patients' care. He is an exceptional example of the type of physician I strive to be - competent, confident, and compassionate.

LaTora Green is a Financial Aid Counselor in the Office of Student Financial Aid. She is innovative and consistently strives to enhance the student experience. She plays an integral role in the department’s new automation and communication processes. In addition to her challenging job duties, LaTora serves on the Executive Board and Chairs the Training Committee for the Louisiana Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (LASFAA). LaTora was recently named The Rookie of the Year by LASFAA and will receive an award at the Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SWASFAA) regional conference on November 4, 2021 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. SWASFAA and LASFAA will contribute $250 for a $500 total scholarship award made to LSU Health Shreveport in recognition of LaTora’s volunteerism in the state of Louisiana.

Meet Our Team

Toni Thibeaux, EdD, MPH, CIS

Toni Thibeaux, EdD, MPH, CIS

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity Affairs
Gwendolyn R. Miller, MA, MBA

Gwendolyn R. Miller, MA, MBA

Project Manager for Diversity Affairs
Sirlecia Thomas-Lias

Sirlecia Thomas-Lias

Project Coordinator for Diversity Affairs


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


Diversity Affairs News

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

Diversity Affairs

Promoting Equality, Equity and Inclusion