LSUHSC School of Public Health is committed to increasing diversity in public health education, research and practice by providing impartial opportunities to individuals and populations, regardless of race, ethnicity, economic status, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, political affiliation, veteran status or national origin. This commitment is reflected in its recruitment, admission, employment, and retention of students, faculty and staff.
6/1/2020 – LSU School of Public Health Dean’s Response to George Floyd Protests, Dean G. Smith, PhD
George Floyd’s death has again laid bare the racism that exists in American and the open wounds that will not heal themselves. As we prepare to recognize the 15 years since Hurricane Katrina, we recall that communities of color were disproportionately impacted and that many people and parts of the city will never return. During COVID-19, we are acutely aware that communities of color are being disproportionately impacted. Too many more lives are being lost. There are even people who would deny the pandemic and shame people taking precautions. If you have not already, check out the video on the School’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage: “Stopping the Spread of Stigma” by Hasheemah Afaneh and Lindsay Simpson, it is below.
A hurricane was undeniable. Apparently, a virus can be denied. We cannot deny racism. As a School and as a community, we are anti-racism and committed to diversity. We are proud that our student body reflects the diversity of the State, and we are taking policy and procedural steps to improve diversity and inclusion within the faculty and staff. Conscious Roots, D&I training, started this week and will continue through the fall. We must find further ways to employ the tools of public health to recognize racism and act against it.
Public Health is Anti-Racism
Diversity and Inclusion Committee Charge: In conjunction with the LSUHSC Multicultural Advisory Committee, to promote and develop a culture of collaboration and a climate of inclusion without regard for race, color, gender, age, national origin, handicap, veteran status, or any non-merit factor. The committee will initiate policies and actions delineated in the strategic plans of the SPH and the LSUHSC and share information on SPH efforts to increase representation of those currently underrepresented in faculty, staff, and student body of the SPH, LSUHSC, and in the public health workforce. Click here to learn more about the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
COVID & Stigma Video
Committee members Hasheemah Afaneh and Lindsay Simpson recently completed a project to look at not just the effects COVID 19 may have on one’s physical health, but some of the underlying health issues associated with racism and discrimination that have also surfaced since the outbreak.
The result is a three and half minute video highlighting how past pandemics showed underlying racism in all aspects of life, how this is affecting Asian populations now and touches on ways that Public Health workers, and indeed everyone, can help.
Please watch and share COVID 19 and Stigma.
The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond
The Sero Project
School of Public Health Diversity Plan
Council on Education for Public Health
Committee Contact Information
Public Health Diversity and Inclusion Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Report An Incident
If you have witnessed or experienced acts of discrimination, simply visit the School of Public Health Ethics & Integrity webpage to report an incident. Reports may be filed at www.lsu.ethicspoint.com or toll-free at 855-561-4099.