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 partnered to host the inaugural HBCU Day on November 15 and 16, 2019.
This 8-hour workshop created 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. Some topics included our medical curriculum, learning environment, admissions process, financial aid, student groups, summer research, mentoring programs, campus culture and climate, and student experiences. Students enrolled at Grambling, Southern (Baton Rouge and New Orleans), Xavier, and Dillard participated. On November 15, students attended a Meet and Greet in the atrium of the BRI. On November 16, the prospective students attended workshops, focus groups, and campus tours within the medical school. The cost for students to attend this event was FREE and included lodging and food.
I want to say thank you so much for the HBCU Day at LSU Health Shreveport November 15th -16th. It truly was a wonderful, worth-wild experience. This event opened my eyes to the reality of medical school: though challenging, it is a life-changing adventure for others and oneself. Thank you so much once again Ms. Thibeaux, Dr. Chandler, and everyone who made this day possible. I am immensely grateful. I will definitely be applying to LSU Health Shreveport when I start applying to medical schools.
Southern University at New Orleans
Just a short note to THANK YOU for the hospitality and kindness shown during the recent HBCU Day activities. Please convey my special appreciation to Dr. Chandler and to the other speakers.
I am appreciative for everything and look forward to future participation.
Have a blessed and wonderful day.