LSU’s Office of Diversity Launches 2nd Annual 'Chat & Chew' Series for 2017-18 School Year

BATON ROUGE – For the second year in a row, the Office of Diversity, or OoD, will host a monthly “Chat & Chew” Diversity and Inclusion Lecture Series for faculty and staff. “Chat & Chew” sessions are designed to provide greater insight into areas that promote the goals of diversity and inclusion outlined in the OoD strategic plan, as well as engage faculty, staff and administrators in thoughtful conversations that will aid in shifting the climate at LSU.

“‘Chat and Chew’ has become an eagerly anticipated dialogue for a number of people here at LSU,” said LSU Vice Provost for Diversity Dereck Rovaris Sr. “The monthly noontime conversation about a variety of topics has added greatly to the further understanding of diversity and its many components.”

The sessions take place every fourth Tuesday of each month during lunch in the Castilian Room at the LSU Union. The series consists of live lectures and panel discussions, followed by a moderated discussion amongst audience members. This year, topics range from national and local issues and the importance of intersectionality to transgender students experiences on campus and mental health.

“I attended two ‘Chat and Chew’ Lectures last year and the first one this year,” said Field Operations & Transportation Services Assistant Director Eric Reid Sr. “In a comfortable environment, everyone is encouraged to voice their opinions on a variety of difficult topics that effect our diverse community, our diverse country and our diverse world. Kudos to the ‘Chat and Chew’ Committee for putting on great lecture series!”

The next ‘Chat & Chew’ will take place on October 24 at noon in the Castilian Room at the LSU Union and will feature a panel of campus and community leaders that will discuss student issues around campus. These issues range from student disabilities to food insecurities on campus.

For more information about ‘Chat & Chew’ at LSU, please visit the Office of Diversity website at




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