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. Read more in this year's issue of The Stately Oak.
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.
The LSU College of Agriculture launched its pilot program for Diversity and Inclusion Champions in January 2021. The initiative aims to connect students to faculty and staff within their respective departments and schools.
Hunter Lepretre, a junior at McNeese State University, was chosen as the first student selected for a research internship with the LSU AgCenter through an endowment established by the family of Charles and Rose Broussard.
Two model farms are demonstrating the benefits of using the best agricultural practices to address key issues in farming, a project resulting from a $1.4 million grant from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation to the LSU AgCenter.
Created in 2012, the Dean’s Council is a devoted group of alumni and friends of the College of Agriculture and AgCenter who support the academic priorities and goals of each institution through their annual investments of $1,000 or more to the Dean’s Excellence Fund.
Kayla Benton, a senior majoring in animal sciences with a concentration in science and technology, has been named president of the LSU Agriculture Student Association (ASA). She is the Agriculture Student Association’s first Black female president.
The mission of the College of Agriculture Student Association (ASA) is to represent the needs of the students in the LSU College of Agriculture by promoting camaraderie, expanding networks and creating opportunities that collectively foster personal growth and professional development and provide premier student experiences.
The campgrounds at Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center in Pollock were unusually quiet this summer — as they have been for more than a year. The COVID-19 pandemic canceled 4-H camp in 2020, and two hurricanes lashed the facility last year.