Staff

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is a unit of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at LSU and serves underrepresented or traditionally underserved students, staff, and faculty. We promote racial, sexuality, gender, nationality, religious, and spiritual equity and inclusion. We develop students of color and provide education on diversity and inclusion challenges. We focus on the retention, recruitment, and social inclusion of all students.

Michelle Carter

Michelle Carter, M.A., J.D.

Executive Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs

Michelle Carter is a Louisiana native who began her appointment as the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs in 2018. She previously served as an Education Program Consultant at the Louisiana Department of Education, the Title III Director at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, Assistant Dean of Student Academic Success at Xavier University of Louisiana, and Interim Director of Research & Sponsored Programs at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MNSU). As a former foster child and first-generation college student, Carter credits the TRIO Educational Talent Search and Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program with preparing her for the rigors of undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. She had the privilege of paying it forward when she directed McNair Programs at Xavier University of Louisiana and Minnesota State University, Mankato. Carter earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and minors in African American Studies and Public Speaking from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1997. Carter also earned a master’s degree in Communication Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 1999 and a Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center in 2004. In her role as Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Carter is responsible for coordination of a multi-faceted student-oriented department that focuses on the academic, leadership and social experiences of students of color and other underrepresented groups regardless of background or identity.

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Email: michellec@lsu.edu

Dr. Alex Torres

Alex Torres, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Latinx Affairs

Dr. Alex Torres was born in Mexico City and raised in Houston, Mississippi. She has a dual Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish and a TESOL certificate from Mississippi University for Women. In 2020, she obtained her PhD in English with a graduate minor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Louisiana State University. Her dissertation “Documenting Desire: Addressing the Educational Needs of Undocumented English Learners” won the James Olney Distinguished Dissertation Award. Alex has over ten years of experience working with underserved students and with implementing culturally sustaining and healing-centered educational approaches. She has engaged in community advocacy for immigrant youth in the Baton Rouge area since 2015. In her role as Assistant Director of Latinx Affairs, her work centers on the coordination, implementation, and assessment of programs and workshops that serve students of Latinx descent and celebrate their heritage/culture. Dr. Torres provides support, advocacy, and leadership development to amplify opportunities for Latinx students. She advises student organizations such as Latin American Student Organization, assists with the management of the Latinx Cultural Center, and actively collaborates with the Latinx Faculty & Staff Caucus. 

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Email: atorr35@lsu.edu 

Percy Jackson

Percy Jackson, M.A.

Director, Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center

Percy Jackson is a native of Centreville, Mississippi who joined the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) team in January 2020 to provide programming, diversity education, and business operations support. Prior to his role in ODEI, Jackson served as an Assistant Director in the Office of Student Activities at the University of Houston-Downtown. Additionally, he previously worked at Louisiana State University and Jackson State University. His passion for student development, college access, and student retention spans over 13 years within Higher Education with experience in the areas of Housing and Residence Life, First Year Experience, Undergraduate Recruitment, Student Advocacy and Accountability, Title IX, Student Organization Leadership Development, Student Government Association, Student Activities, and Greek Life. In 2011, Jackson received his Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Jackson State University. He then obtained a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Louisiana State University in 2014. Jackson anticipates completing his Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from Louisiana State University in 2023. As the Interim Director, Jackson manages the daily operations, maintenance, and staffing of the Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center (AACC); a 5600 square feet center which includes a library, multiple meeting spaces, computer lab, office spaces, and all-gender restrooms. Jackson’s work focuses on challenging, supporting, and cultivating the minds of a new generation of African American students at LSU toward holistic development, cultural engagement, social justice, and success in their academic endeavors while maintaining a high regard of integrity, inclusive excellence, and community standards. He serves as the primary adviser for the AACC Ambassadors, Black Student Union, and African Student Organization. Jackson also provides supervision, leadership, training and development for student staff, the Black Male Leadership Initiative (BMLI) Graduate Assistant and the African American Student Affairs & Black Women's Empowerment Initiative (BWEI) Graduate Assistant.

Pronouns: He, Him, His
Email: pjack27@lsu.edu

Savannah Mattox, LGBTQ+ Project Graduate Assistant

Savannah Mattox

Graduate Assistant, LGBTQ+ Project

Savannah Mattox was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Ethnic Studies from Saint Mary’s College of California. Immediately after completing her undergraduate studies in 2018, Savannah served as a Lasallian Volunteer
in Tucson, AZ as a Border Immersion Assistant in southern Arizona and northern Mexico. Savannah is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology at Louisiana State University, with an interest in Restorative Justice. She is responsible for coordinating educational activities that raise awareness of, and implementing professional development programs for the LGBTQ+ community members and their allies.  She advises student organizations including Spectrum, Qroma, and Louisiana Trans Advocates, and coordinates annual programs and events such as the Louisiana Queer Conference, World Aids Day, Lavender Graduation, and National Coming Out Day. Maintains and coordinates the Safe Space Training Program, and oversees Safe Space Facilitators.

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Email: smatto2@lsu.edu

(Vacant)

Graduate Assistant, AACC/Black Women's Empowerment Initiative (BWEI)

Participates in and executes all other office operations, events, and programs, works as a team player in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, assists the Director of the Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center in coordinating, executing, and evaluating all activities, serves as an active and receptive liaison to all African American student organizations & committees on campus; works closely with the advisor, advisory board, and membership of the Black Women's Empowerment Initiative (BWEI); and accepts any University referrals with regards to African American student issues upon request, collaborates with appropriate faculty, staff, and student organizations to develop programs, activities, and events of particular significance to the African American student experience, develops a series of programs and workshops to respond to the needs of African American college students, regularly updates the Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center and Black Faculty & Staff Caucus websites and serves as the Graduate Advisor for the Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center Ambassadors and oversees the AACC email account and room reservation system.

(Vacant)

Graduate Assistant, AACC/Black Male Leadership Initiative (BMLI)

Responsible for program support for Black Male Leadership Initiative (BMLI) at LSU in addition to assisting with other projects and duties as assigned Director of the Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center. Specifically, responsible for coordinating the LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative Fellows Program (planning activities, communicating with Fellows, managing student worker projects and interns affiliated with the program, occasionally representing and presenting the program, and assessing the impact and outcomes). Works with the student leadership of BMLI (co-chairs, programming chairs, intern, and success coaches) to develop a holistic experience for BMLI participants (Fellows) focusing on academics, leadership, civic and social engagement. Also responsible for creating press releases and updating the BMLI website. In addition to the aforementioned responsibilities assists with general office and program support as it pertains to synthesizing large amounts of data and information; researching and applying for grants; formulating program and data reports; producing ad hoc reports as requested by the Vice Provost for ODEI; supporting reporting units of ODEI; and other duties as assigned by ODEI administration as they relate to the diversity agenda and mission of the university and the office.