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LSU Hosts National Diversity Board

12/05/2012 10:24 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU National Diversity Advisory Board, or NDAB, recently held its bi-annual meeting on the LSU campus. The NDAB advises the LSU Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach, or EDCO, and facilitates diversity and community outreach opportunities including giving campaigns and special initiatives; corporate, grant and foundation development; initiative based programs and services; and collaborations with community partners.


More recently, the NDAB met to discuss LSU’s recent accomplishments in enrolling a more diverse student population and tour the $1.5 million facilities expansion project for the new African American Cultural Center and Women’s Center.


This fall, African-American student enrollment reached 3,054, which surpassed the previous high of 3,035 students set in 2002. Hispanic student enrollment reached 1,305 students in 2012, compared to the previous high of 1,149 students in 2011.


The facilities expansion project will double the size of the African American Cultural Center, which will now include a multipurpose room, conference room, six offices, workroom, open reception and lounge area, library and artifact room, and an open outdoor courtyard. The project also increases the size of the Women’s Center by nearly 1,300 square feet. The new Women’s Center will include offices, a conference center and a multipurpose room. Both centers will feature gender-neutral bathrooms.


The board, led by Katrice Albert, vice provost for EDCO, was created in 2010 in order to assemble a national team of alumni and friends to assist LSU and EDCO in conceptualizing the future of diversity and community outreach at the main campus.


LSU National Diversity Advisory Board members include Albert and Chaunda Allen, assistant to the vice provost of EDCO and director of Multicultural Affairs at LSU, who both serve as ex-officio members; Julia Dickinson, a philanthropist; John Paul Funes, president and CEO of Our Lady of the Lake Foundation; Mark Goodson, executive vice president and chief operating officer of East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority; Katherine Rasy Grainer, budget administrator for the Louisiana Department of Education; Patrick McCune, associate at Jones Walker Law Firm; Stephanie M. Possa, partner at Tyler & Possa Law Firm; Todd Schexnayder, senior vice president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana; Dr. Tasha Shamlin, medical director at Medical Spa of Baton Rouge; and Lois Smyth, administrative compliance officer at Baton Rouge Area Foundation, from Baton Rouge; Christine Bruneau, president of Cotton Schmidt & Abbott LLP, from New Orleans; Cassandra M. Chandler, senior investigative services executive for Bank of America from West End, N.C.; Dr. Julie Morial Cruz, corporate medical director at Peoples Health, and Rod Teamer, director of Diversity and Inclusion for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, from Metairie; Dr. Mario Garner, chief operating officer executive of HCA Regional Medical Center, from Dublin, Ga.; Beliota Hawkins, human resources manager for Shell Chemicals, from Humble, Texas; Monica Leach, assistant vice provost of Enrollment Management & Services and interim department chair of social work at North Carolina State University, from Raleigh, N.C.; Jaimee Pangburn, a community advocate, from New Roads; David Sickey, vice chairman of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, from Elton; Jyric Sims, associate chief operating officer and ethics compliance officer at Clear Lake Medical Center, from Webster, Texas; and Jaime Thomas, community advocate, from Charlotte, N.C.


For more information about the LSU National Diversity Advisory Board or the Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach, contact Allen at 225-578-5736 or at by email at

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