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

HBCU Day

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.

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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. 
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AMCAS WORKSHOP

"I just wanted to share my deepest gratitude for being able to participate in the AMCAS workshop. I was able to gain much needed information about crafting my personal statement, and I’m glad that I was able to connect with current medical students to gain insight on how it is to be a student at LSUHS. I truly want to do whatever it takes to gain admission. This was solidified today during the workshop when you stated that we were all invited to participate because “I believe in you, I see that you have what it takes, and I want you to get into medical school.” That is what I feel like I have been missing in my journey."  Alexandra, Meharry Medical College

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AMCAS WORKSHOP

"During the AMCAS Workshop at LSUHS, we had the opportunity to work on every section of the application, receive constructive feedback on existing personal statements, all guided by current medical students and faculty who understand this endeavor. I highly recommend any future medical students to participate in this free workshop. I would also like to take the time to thank all those who dedicated an immense amount of effort into creating such a successful program. I look forward to one day attending medical school, and I owe part of my success as a more competitive applicant from this process."  Alexander, LSU Alumnus

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AMCAS WORKSHOP

"I would like to thank you for hosting an amazing and impact workshop. The AMCAS workshop allowed me to interact with prospective students and medical students that are on the same journey as I am. The workshop consisted of tips on how to navigate the AMCAS application as well as tackling the personal statement. Students were split into breakout rooms where examples were shown and discussed. Being able to engage with other students motivated me to keep putting my best foot forward on this medical school journey. Even though this workshop does not guarantee medical school acceptance, LSU Health Shreveport wants to see all students succeed even if they happen to gain acceptance at another school. I am grateful for this experience and hope that others will take advantage of this opportunity like I did."  Katie, Xavier University Alumna

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AMCAS WORKSHOP

"Thank you so much for such an interactive and inspiring workshop! I felt lost in the midst of things and was unsure as to what I was looking for in my personal statement. Through the first hand experiences and small breakout groups, I now feel more confident in writing a strong and competitive personal statement. It is truly such a great feeling! This was different from other personal statement workshops. It was a smaller and more intimate setting. We were able to brainstorm and get direct feedback from medical students who have endured the process, as well as future peers. Hearing the positive and constructive feedback of my rough draft has boosted my confidence on where I am within this journey."  Jera'Nae, Southern University and A&M College

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Pre-matriculation Enrichment Program (PEP)

Acclimating into medical school can be a difficult process, but the Pre-Matriculation Enrichment Program (PEP) has made the process easier. This program provided me with the opportunity to experience what a bulk of the first semester in medical school consists of. I learned how to do cadaveric dissections and study for exams. In addition, I began to discover how to maintain a healthy balance between my education and personal life. After completing PEP, I felt confident in my ability to be a successful medical student." Breonna

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

CONTACT US

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

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LSUHS School of Medicine and Dillard University create medical school pipeline program

LSUHS School of Medicine and Dillard University have established a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Guaranteed Interview Program at LSU. The MOU represents the objective of each institution to increase the number of African American and Latinx students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Louisiana who apply to the LSUHS School of Medicine.

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