On LSU’s campus, only about 18% of the population is Black, and it can be hard for incoming students of color to feel at home. To combat this, the African American Cultural Center has made several steps to ensure that Black students can feel safe and comfortable in a predominantly white institution.
One of the ways this is achieved is through the “Dear Black LSU” panel discussion, which helps students find out where and how they can get involved. Junior and president of the Black Student Union Codee Jones has been a member since her freshman year and says it’s one of the most impactful things she’s gotten involved in.
“Dear Black LSU is basically like an informational for all black students, including masters students, grad students, and undergrad [students], just to know their resources on campus and to know that there is a space for them on campus where they can feel at home,” said Jones.
“Sometimes being at a PWI (predominantly white institution), it gets a little intimidating just not seeing a lot of people like you in your classes, especially for stem majors and masters students,” she continued. “So we just want to implement a safe space for them and know that they have black organizations on campus that are here to help them succeed.”
Jones says that the mission of the AACC is to promote inclusivity and equity in all aspects of college life.
“My hope is that the incoming students got a grasp of what Black LSU is and what we have to offer. We are a little small on campus, a lot of people think that,” said Jones. “I know LSU is getting better with diversity, but it’s still a PWI. I just wanted to make sure that the students feel comfortable and safe to talk about what they want from Black LSU and what they need as far as resources go.
The African American Cultural Center is open to any student who wants to utilize free printing, study spaces, or of their other resources.
To view the AACC’s website, click here.
To view the LSU Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity’s website, click here.