In response to the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests and the history of racism in Louisiana and throughout the country, LSU is intensifying our ongoing work to foster a campus community that is not only inclusive but anti-racist. We will start by listening to and validating the experiences and perspectives of people of color and continue with self-education, fervent action, and transparent humility—until equitable responses to these issues are inherent in each of us.
Effective immediately, we are taking the following actions to address a platform of concerns that Black student leaders on campus have presented us:
- Increase the ratio of minority professionals in every academic area.
- Increase funding for minority programs and departments to positively affect the Black student experience.
- Organize LSU resources specifically targeted towards minority students and workers dealing with mental health and trauma.
- Address and correct issues of racism and discrimination on campus through the Student Code of Conduct and LSU Student Advocacy and Accountability.
- Make timely statements condemning racism and injustice and implement policies clearly outlining the University’s standard of disapproval.
- Include Black student representatives in University administration conversations that impact the student body.