LSU Health Shreveport Office of Diversity Affairs

LSU Health Shreveport Office of Diversity Affairs

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Our 2022 HBCU Educational Conference is underway! This conference is hosted by the LSU Health Shreveport Office of Diversity Affairs in partnership with Association of American Medical Colleges and Louisiana Department of Health. Over 60 students from 12 universities are in attendance to learn more about pathways to becoming a medical doctor, allied health professional, or researcher.
This conference provides an opportunity for prospective students to engage with representatives from AAMC, LDH, and LSUHS faculty and students on topics such as what it takes to apply to medical school, scholarship and research internship opportunities, allied health careers, and more while using a diversity and adversity lens. We are so excited to have these bright, young minds on our campus and are looking forward to a great weekend ahead!

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Have you heard about the ACT Prep Tutorial being offered by LSU Health Shreveport Office of Diversity Affairs? It's not too late to register your high school student! Registration is open until Thursday, September 15: https://bit.ly/oda-readyset
LSU Health Shreveport Office of Diversity Affairs hosted a Meet and Greet for students, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff. This event provides a non-traditional setting for members of the LSUHS community to engage and begin to build positive peer-to-peer and faulty-to-peer relationships. More than 80 students who are underrepresented in research, allied, health professions, and medicine registered to attend. It was a beautiful evening at The Pavilion on Cross Lake!
The LSU Health Shreveport Office of Diversity Affairs Receives 2022 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award.

The award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine recognizes colleges, universities and organizations devoted to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM through cutting-edge programs, events and initiatives.

Keep up the great work!!!

https://bossierpress.com/lsu-health-shreveport-office-for-diversity-affairs-receives-2022-inspiring-programs-in-stem-award
Congratulations to the LSU Health Shreveport Office of Diversity Affairs for being recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s 2022 Inspiring Program in STEM Award for their outreach to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s).
The LSU Health Shreveport Office of Diversity Affairs concluded their summer enrichment programs this week. The Jumpstart Summer Enrichment Program (JSEP) and the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (UGRAP) students presented their summer research projects at poster sessions attended by fellow students, family members and LSUHS faculty and staff.

JSEP is a program for high school students from Caddo and Bossier Parishes who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. UGRAP is a research apprenticeship program designed for undergraduate college students who have an interest in pursuing a career in biomedical research, medicine or allied health professions. Students in both programs are assigned an LSU Health Shreveport faculty member as their mentor and spend eight weeks being immersed in laboratories and clinics performing hands-on research projects that support their interest in science and teach them about different career paths.

Congratulations to these students on their accomplishments this summer! To learn more about the Office of Diversity Affairs’ summer programs, visit www.lsuhs.edu/our-schools/diversity-affairs.
Our Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (UGRAP) and the Jumpstart Summer Enrichment Program (JSEP) students, Nimi Atewogbola and Chelsea Fuller, presented their research today to a packed house in the LSU Health Shreveport BRI Atrium in the annual summer program hosted by LSU Health Shreveport Office of Diversity Affairs.

Nimi's research project is entitled, "Neural Stem Cell Research: Introduction to Spinal Cord Neural Stem/Progenitor Cell Research and Differentiating Human Placental Mesenchymal Stem Cells Into Neural Progenitor Cells." Nimi conducted her research under the mentorship of new Neurosurgery faculty member, Dr. Stanley Hoang with additional research support provided by Neurosurgery's Dr. Harjus Birk.

Chelsea's project is entitled, "Open v. Laparascopic Guided Placement of Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt: Factors Influencing Need for Revision." Chelsea completed her research under the mentorship of the LSU Health Shreveport Department of Chairman, Dr. Bharat Guthikonda and additional support provided by Neurosurgery Resident, Dr. Devon LeFever, and Sandeep Kandregula.

Both students also received tremendous support and direction from our Director of Neurosurgical Research, Dr. Krystle Trosclair.
Eid al-Fitr, also called the "Festival of Breaking the Fast" is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. LSU Health Shreveport-Office of Diversity Affairs hosted a gathering for LSUHS staff, faculty, students and residents to share a delicious meal and learn more about this notable cultural tradition. Thank you to all the generous sponsors that made this celebration a reality.
Welcome to all our new students at LSU Health Shreveport from your campus Director of Communications. We are so excited you are here and hope you feel the sense of family and inclusion that we strive to provide.
Be sure to stop by the Diversity Affairs Office on the 1st floor of Bldg C on the right side of auditorium to see why students enjoy visiting this welcoming space which always offers a smile, a snack and an encouraging word. Of course, the Office of Diversity Affairs offers so much more. But let's face it, some days a little love and chocolate is all you need to get your day back on track. Here's to a great 2019-20 school year!
A few highlights from today’s LSU Health Shreveport-Office of Diversity Affairs poster session! 26 students who have participated in the Jumpstart Summer Enrichment Program (JSEP) and the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (UGRAP) for the past eight weeks presented their research findings at the poster session.

The Jumpstart Summer Enrichment Program (JSEP) is a program for Caddo and Bossier Parish high school students. During this 8-week summer program, students are assigned a LSUHS faculty mentor and spend 40 hours a week in laboratories and clinics performing hands-on research projects designed to support their interest in science and prepare them to pursue a healthcare career.

The Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (UGRAP) is a summer research apprenticeship program designed for undergraduate college students who have an interest in pursuing a career in Biomedical Research, Medicine or Allied Health Professions. Students have a LSUHS faculty member as a mentor for the summer and work alongside scientists, doctors and laboratory personnel in research labs.
It was great to see everyone at the Eid celebration hosted by the LSU Health Shreveport-Office of Diversity Affairs today! Eid al-Fitr, also called the "Festival of Breaking the Fast," is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible!
Don't forget! Today is the Eid Celebration hosted by the LSU Health Shreveport-Office of Diversity Affairs at 2 p.m. in the Zadeck Conference Center (Room -221 in the medical school).

Since 1982, the Office of Diversity Affairs at LSU Health Shreveport has taken an active role to impr

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09/27/2023
Photos from LSU Health Shreveport Office of Diversity Affairs's post 11/06/2022

After a fun-filled game night last night, our third and final day of our HBCU Educational Conference is concluding hearing directly from students on campus! Panel topics included: information about allied health professions, how to move forward with confidence despite adversities when applying to medical school, adapting to the School of Medicine curriculum, a discussion on the challenges Black men face in their decision to attend medical school, information about the MATCH process, and a day in the life of a resident. Our 2022 HBCU Educational Conference was nothing short of amazing! We are so glad to have potential future students on campus to learn more about the next steps in their education.

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport Office of Diversity Affairs's post 11/04/2022

Today students were welcomed to the HBCU Educational Conference by LDH Assistant Secretary Doris Brown and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity Affairs, Dr. Toni Thibeaux. Tours of the Clinical Skills, Surgical Skills, and Anatomy/Cadaver Labs were followed by a stop to the LSUHS Library. After the afternoon presentations, students were given a tour of the new Center for Medical Education and Emerging Viral Threats building. Today gave conference participants a glimpse of what a student’s experience on campus may look like, getting our participants excited and thinking about their futures!

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport Office of Diversity Affairs's post 11/04/2022

Our annual HBCU Conference is in full swing! Over 65 students from 12 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are joining us to learn more about careers and education in healthcare.

We are looking forward to a great weekend here at LSU Health Shreveport!

10/27/2022

We are gearing up for the big kick-off of our HBCU Educational Conference (Nov. 4-6) with Ray from IT Department.

10/18/2022

It's time for our annual HBCU Educational Conference.

09/22/2022

Students, please register to attend at least one of the workshops.

09/09/2022

Just a reminder: Ready.Set ACT Prep application deadline is Sept. 15th, and we only have a few spots left.

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport Office of Diversity Affairs's post 08/22/2022

The Office of Diversity Affairs hosted our annual Meet & Greet on Saturday, at the Pavilion on Cross Lake. A great time was had by all and we hope more students will attend next year.

08/01/2022

Last week we hosted a 2 day poster presentation for our summer pipeline participants. It is always exciting to see their end work. Congratulations to all of our participants.

06/24/2022

We are grateful for our external stakeholders.

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport's post 06/24/2022
Photos from LSU Health Shreveport Office of Diversity Affairs's post 06/21/2022

We invited Demarcus Drumgo, MS-II to sit in front of the camera and talk about our HBCU initiatives. Thank you, Demarcus for always supporting the ODA.

06/07/2022

We look forward to seeing you at this event. Registration is required and lunch is provided.

05/24/2022

We are excited about the implementation of the Community Educational Outreach (CEO). The program is designed to provide early exposure to students who reside and attend school in a rural area about our educational programs.

05/24/2022

DeSoto High School students tour our campus.

03/29/2022

Our annual AMCAS Workshop was awesome. Here are testimonials from some participants.

03/10/2022

Celebrating Women's Month...Providing Healing...Promoting Hope!

Visiting Electives Program for Students | Icahn School of Medicine 02/08/2022

The Icahn School of Medicine’s Visiting Electives Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine (VEPSUM) Fellowship, sponsored by the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs. VEPSUM Fellowship offers four-week electives at The Mount Sinai Health System to a limited number of qualified 4th-year medical students who attend United States accredited medical schools, and who are from groups underrepresented in medicine.

Application deadline: March 15 (Attachment) Application Deadline extended to Friday, April 22nd, 2022. For more information, please contact Sherria McDowell, MPH, Director of Special Programs at [email protected] or 212-241-8276.

Visit us on the web! http://icahn.mssm.edu/VEPSUM

Visiting Electives Program for Students | Icahn School of Medicine Visiting Electives Program for Students offers four-week electives at The Mount Sinai Hospital and its teaching affiliates in the Graduate Medical Education Consortium

02/03/2022

Black History Month is dedicated to honoring the Black Americans who have inspired and shaped our nation. This year’s theme Black Health and Wellness focus on how American healthcare has often underserved the African American community. Members of the LSU Health Shreveport community want to say, “thank you for making us a stronger community with your resilience, passion, and determination!”

To celebrate and embrace this year’s theme, the Office of Diversity Affairs has scheduled a Black Health and Wellness Series. For more information, please visit our website: https://www.lsuhs.edu/our-schools/diversity-affairs News & Events.

01/26/2022

Please join us to learn more about solutions to address black health care in America.

01/21/2022

Thank you for submitting a proposal for the Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) Professional Development Conference scheduled for March 10-12, 2022, at The Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC. Each proposal was given careful and deliberate consideration by the GDI Program Planning Committee. We are happy to inform you that your session proposal has been accepted: Improving Recruitment of African Americans and Black Students into Medical School.

01/18/2022

This is a great way to assist my office with improving our campus climate.

01/12/2022

Please help our office to share this upcoming workshop with prospective medical students.

12/18/2021

Colbren Thomas and his parents surprised us with some beautiful gifts. We are very grateful!

Photos from LSU Health Shreveport's post 09/24/2021

I am excited to share some photos from the 2021-2022 annual meet and greet.

09/23/2021

Last week at the meet and greet some of our medical students and staff received a token of appreciation from the ODA for their dedication and commitment towards inclusiveness. Look at the level of excitement!

09/14/2021

Please join us at one or more of these discussions.

09/13/2021

Hello everyone,
Help our office to congratulate Nakoma, as she starts her 4th year of medical school!

09/09/2021

"Attending the Virtual Chats opened my eyes to barriers between cultures and their direct effect on health care, leading to the disparities in care we see today. With this knowledge, I hope to maintain a culturally sensitive attitude to better serve my future patient and accommodate their needs. These skills also carry into a work setting so that I can successfully communicate with my colleagues in a comfortable environment. "

Join us via Zoom on September 15 from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Topic: Cultural Competency/Cultural Humility: Communication Across Differences. Check your e-mail for the registration link.

09/08/2021

Our September Gold Humanism Honor Society Student of the Month is Miranda Smith, MSIV!

Miranda Smith is not only a great friend but an invaluable resource to students throughout the medical school. Miranda is the first person to introduce herself to a 1st-year student to make them feel at ease, and she speaks with a calming voice that brings comfort to her patients. She has been essential in helping underclassmen prepare for quizzes, tests, SP exams, and clinical experiences. She has also been a rock in encouraging mental health among her peers. Miranda also serves as a bright and encouraging light for other students. Many students call on Miranda’s wisdom and advice to guide them through their medical school journey. Her vibrant energy is contagious and will turn anyone’s day in the right direction. Miranda is passionate about providing the best possible care to patients inside and outside of the hospital. While volunteering on the pediatrics floor during the holidays, she was able to bring so much joy to the kids and help them forget, even for a moment, that they were in the hospital. Additionally, through her volunteer efforts at the HUB ministries, she has been able to extend her passion and selflessness to individuals who are transient or homeless in the Shreveport area. Miranda is extremely determined and her drive to be successful is inspires others to follow her example. She wants to see everyone do well, and she helps everyone achieve that while also being the best student she can be herself. She is a student who is compassionate, outgoing, and determined who shines a positive light on everyone she encounters. Miranda’s voice is heard by students in every class and her mentorship has been vital to the success of many LSU Shreveport School of Medicine students.

Congratulations, Miranda!

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About the LSUHS Office of Diversity Affairs

The Office of Diversity Affairs is dedicated to providing equal opportunity and assisting those who have traditionally been on the outside looking in.

Since 1993, LSU Health Shreveport has taken an active role to improve the science and math background of disadvantaged students by soliciting federal and institutional funds to sponsor summer enrichment programs. To demonstrate its commitment to improve the quality of education for pre-college and college students, LSU Health Shreveport has forged partnership linkages with the Caddo and Bossier Parish School Districts, and the twenty-six colleges/ universities in Louisiana. Each partner in the pipeline provides one or more of the necessary components: students, space, structured enrichment programming, research activities, and funds to ensure that the partnership linkages succeed.

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