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Reginald F. Lewis Educational Opportunity Initiative

The Universities of Louisiana are committed to being reflective of the communities we serve.

Systemic Initiatives

Strategic Framework

The Universities of Louisiana outlined six aspirations in August 2017 to shape our work, one of which being to better reach those from traditionally underserved backgrounds.

Diversity Commitment

The UL System and Board of Supervisors reaffirmed its commitment to diversity and inclusion with the attached statement published in October 2018.

Reginald F. Lewis Scholars

The Universities of Louisiana Reginald F. Lewis Scholars enhances the collegiate experience of Black male students in our System. Specifically, the Reginald F. Lewis Scholars program recruits Back males and provides educational programs, mentoring opportunities, and co-curricular experiences to improve outcomes.


Compete LA – An Adult Learner Initiative

Compete LA is a program designed to assist the 653,000 Louisianians with some college credit to re-enroll and complete their degrees. Students are paired with a free personal coach to guide them from application to graduation.


Management & Leadership Institute

The Management & Leadership Institute for the Universities of Louisiana (M&LI) is a two-semester program for mid-career faculty and staff who aspire to broadened academic, professional or administrative leadership roles.

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Each of the UL System’s nine member institutions have developed and implemented long-standing, successful initiatives aimed at supporting historically underserved populations. To bring these institutional efforts to scale, System-level coordination is required. The resulting Reginald F. Lewis Educational Opportunity Initiative allows for targeted synergies for opportunity-focused programs and resources to be housed at the System level. The report provides an update of our work.

Workplace Inclusion Taskforce

Charged with evaluating how the System and its universities implement policies designed to encourage inclusion and respect for diversity among students, employees and constituents, its analysis produces recommendations to help the System provide an educational environment and workplace that is welcoming to all.

Chief Diversity Officers

CDOs are responsible for cultivating an environment that encourages and supports diversity on campus.
This often includes developing and incorporating inclusion initiatives, such as organization-wide diversity training and multicultural events.

Lori Williams, J.D.

Grambling State University

Associate VP for Operations and Chief Human Resources Officer

Devonia Love-Vaughn

Louisiana Tech University

Dean of Inclusion Initiatives & Student Success

Krisshunn Youngblood

McNeese State University

Director for the Office of Inclusive Excellence

Steven Kenny

Nicholls State University

Chief Diversity Office and VP of Human Resources

Michael Snowden

Northwestern State University

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

Elizabeth Hornsby

Southeastern Louisiana University

Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Communication and Media Studies

Dr. Taniecea Arceneaux Mallery

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives & Chief Diversity Officer

Pamela Saulsberry

University of Louisiana Monroe

Executive Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Dr. Tina Johnson

University of New Orleans

Associate Provost for Faculty and Diversity Affairs

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