(02/09/22) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture have selected the 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Champions.
The Diversity and Inclusion Champions is a dynamic group that liaises between the College of Agriculture dean’s office, departments and schools to promote diversity initiatives and student inclusion.
Trina Biswas, faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, is a returning Diversity and Inclusion Champion who participated in the pilot program in 2021.
“A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions and outcomes for everyone,” said Biswas.
The program has 15 faculty, staff and graduate students serving as the 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Champions. Five of the champions are returning from the pilot program launched last spring.
At least one champion represents each of the College of Agriculture’s 10 departments and schools.
The champions participated in a three-day orientation that prepared them for their role. During the orientation, champions set individual goals, participated in diversity training and met with representatives from the LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture Council for Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Change. Monica Guient, assistant vice president for diversity, inclusion and opportunity for the LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture, facilitated the orientation.
Some of the goals set by champions include building relations with students and promoting diversity and inclusion in teaching, research and university services across the College of Agriculture and campus.
Li-Hsuang Lin, Department of Experimental Statistics, stated one of his goals is to, “educate our students in the richness of their past, the diversity of their present and the possibilities for their future.”
Guient encourages students, faculty and staff to engage with the champions. Champions will be present at College of Agriculture events throughout the academic year.
The 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Champions:
Find more information about the Diversity and Inclusion Champions at https://lsu.edu/agriculture/students/champions.php.