The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is a unit within the Office of Inclusion, Civil Rights and Title IX 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, M.A., J.D.
Executive Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs
Michelle Carter is a Louisiana native who began her appointment with 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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Graduate Assistant, AACC/Black Women's Empowerment Initiative (BWEI)
Iriel Nunnery is a first year Master of Social Work student from New Orleans, Louisiana. Currently, Iriel works as a Graduate Assistant in the Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center (AACC) and the Black Women's Empowerment Initiative (BWEI). Iriel graduated from Nicholls State University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts with a degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Social Work and a minor in African American Studies. During her matriculation at Nicholls State, Iriel has held a plethora of positions. She served as the President of the Black Women’s Leadership Association, a mentor in Sisters Achieving Leadership and Unity through Education (S.A.L.U.T.E.), the Multicultural Chair in the university’s Student Programming Association, the head student chair for the office of Diversity Equity, and Inclusion, and a student worker in the Office of Admissions. In her capacity as Graduate Assistant, Iriel assists the Director of the AACC 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 membership and advisory board of the Black Women's Empowerment Initiative (BWEI); and collaborates with appropriate faculty, staff, and student organizations to develop programs, activities, and events of particular significance to the African American student experience.
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Graduate Assistant, AACC/Black Male Leadership Initiative (BMLI)
Carl Tart is a native of Yazoo City, Mississippi. He received his bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Studies from the University of Mississippi, emphasizing in Kinesiology and Psychology and is currently a master’s student in the Higher Education Student Administration program in the LSU Graduate School. Carl serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Clarence L. Barney African American Cultural Center (AACC) and Black Male Leadership Initiative (BMLI) in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. In his role, he works with the student leadership team of BMLI to develop a holistic experience for BMLI Fellows focusing on academics, leadership, civic and social engagement. In other university service, Carl is involved with the Higher Education Student & Professional Administration (HESPA) and the Black Graduate & Professional Student Association (BGPSA) and serves as the Unity Celebration Subcommittee Chair for MLK Week 2022. Carl was named and awarded the 2021 T.J. Moran Endowed Superior Graduate Student Scholarship and served as the LSU Graduate School Representative on the 2020-2021 LSU Homecoming Court. Carl is a proud Spring 2019 initiate of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated where he was named Mississippi’s 2019 Collegiate Brother of the Year, the Southern Region’s 2021 “Brotherhood First” award recipient and is a 2020 international scholarship recipient.
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