Diversity Statement
“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.”

LSU School of Public Health’s goals include preparing students to address the changing needs of society, diverse in economic status, race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and sexual identity.

With a population that reflects that of the state of Louisiana, we are training the next generation of Public Health workers in a way that reflects the community we call home.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Information

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.

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


Committee Contact Information
Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair: Randi Kaufman, DrPH
Public Health Diversity and Inclusion Email sphdiversity@lsuhsc.edu

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.