Council for Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Change

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture are committed to serving all of Louisiana’s diverse citizens and students. It is imperative that we meet the needs of everyone and that our programs and employment are diverse, equitable, and inclusive.


The LSU AgCenter and LSU College of Agriculture⁩ are seeking a person to provide diversity, inclusion, and opportunity leadership. Consider joining the agriculture family.

Diversity and Inclusion Champions

The joint council advises our organizations on policies, programs, and actions that support and guide our students, faculty, staff, partners, and communities in working toward a more diverse, safe, positive, equitable, and inclusive environment for all citizens of Louisiana regardless of their race, color, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or disability.

Diversity Council Membership Council Meeting Minutes Council for DIEC Bylaws PDF



LSU AgCenter and CoA Diversity Council Members

NameJob TitleRegion/DeptPortrait
Matthew R. LeeInterim Vice President and DeanLSU AgCenter
LSU College of Agriculture
portrait of Matt Lee
Achyut AdhikariExtension Specialist and Associate professorFood Safety
Trina BiswasInstructorAg Economics
Bruce CameronDepartment HeadTAMBruce Cameron 2018jpg
Aita Giovanna ProfessorAudubon Sugar Institute
Collins KimbengProfessorSugar Research StationKimbeng_Collins2012DSCF3311jpg
Denise FontenotAssistant Human Resources DirectorHRMFontenot_Denise2013WOZ_5129jpg
Henry UtomoProfessorRice Research StationH-Utomojpg
Jamila Freightman Extension Associateschool of Nutrition and Food SciencesJamila Freightman 2018jpg
Joy SimsAssistant AgentNE RegionJoy Sims 2019jpg
Kristin StairAssociate ProfessorAEEEStair_Kristin2014jpg
Marcy FisherDirectorFiscalMarcy Fisher 2017jpg
Mark Schafer
Co-chair
Associate ProfessorAgEconIMG_1387ajpg
Renita MarshallVice ChancellorSU AgCenterDSC09154jpg
Frank "Trey" Newsome
Co-Chair
4-H AgentNortheast Region
Sathivel SubramaniamProfessorSNFSbaesubramaniamsathiveljpg
Sharman CharlesInstructorSNFSCharlesS_tnjpg
Tara SmithRegional DirectorCentral RegionTara Smith 2017jpg
Sarah Thomas-SharmaAssistant ProfessorPlant Pathology
Tiffany FranklinAssociate Youth Specialist
Program Leader, 4-H Youth Development
Southern University Ag Center
Whitney Lathan

Admin. CoordinatorAnimal ScienceWhittney Lathan 2019jpg
Michael Younis RodriguezUndergraduate StudentLSU CoA - Agri-Business
Kensy HerreraMasters StudentLSU CoA- Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology
Xavier Bell Assistant 4-H AgentSE Region/East FelicianaXavier Bell 2019jpg
Zach MayfieldStudent - JuniorLSU CoA
Agriculture Education and Extension

Xi ZhangAssistant ProfessorRed River Station
Ex-officio:
Gina EubanksAssociate Vice Pres. &
Program Leader
Nutrition and Food SciencesGina Eubanks 2019jpg
Ashley GautreauxAssistant Vice Pres.Human Resource Mgmt.2018 Ashley Gautreauxjpg
Frankie GouldAssociate Vice Pres.Strategic CommunicationsGould_Frankie2014WOZ_8955jpg
Mike SalassiAssociate Vice Pres. and Program LeaderAgriculture and Natural ResourcesMike Salassi

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