Strengthening Diversity Efforts: A message from Luke Laborde

The LSU AgCenter and LSU College of Agriculture have long valued diversity, equity and inclusion, and in the past year, the two institutions have prioritized efforts to cultivate those principles by establishing the Council for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Change; hiring an assistant vice president for diversity, inclusion and opportunity; creating Diversity and Inclusion Champions in each of our academic units; and strengthening student organizations that celebrate these values.

In this issue, you can read about the strides we have made to be more equitable and inclusive. You can see how one alumnus and his wife are making a difference by offering scholarships for students from diverse backgrounds. This is just a start. We have a lot of work to do in this space, but by investing in diversity and inclusion, we can ensure that the next generation of agricultural scientists, producers and processers we are training represent the best and brightest from all sectors of the population.

We also continue to work through the ongoing pandemic — conducting innovative donor-funded research on hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico, looking at novel ways to protect the state’s citrus industry and working with private industry to find new markets for Louisiana rice.

I want to thank our alumni and donors who have made the AgCenter and College of Agriculture a priority this past year. Your support means so much to us and our students!


Luke Laborde

Interim Vice President for Agriculture

Interim Dean of the LSU College of Agriculture

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The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture