Programs and Initiatives


Aspire Summer Internship Program

aspirephototile2jpgThe ASPIRE Project engages undergraduates in agricultural-related internships in research, extension, and teaching, with mentorship from faculty in LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture. This 10 week paid summer internship offers opportunities for undergraduates to develop their knowledge and skills in agricultural research and outreach while working to expand the diversity of the talent pool in the agricultural workforce.

Diversity and Inclusion Champion


The Diversity and Inclusion Champions serve as a point of contact for students and faculty within the LSU College of Agriculture. They are a tangible resource for each department or school, provided by the LSU College of Agriculture. Our Diversity and Inclusion Champions exhibit our continued commitment to diversity and inclusion beyond the vice president for agriculture and dean’s office.

Employee Affinity Groups


Employee Affinity Groups are voluntary, employee-led and facilitated groups formed around interests, backgrounds, identities and common bonds. Through participation in EAGs, LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture staff and faculty help foster a positive and innovative work environment by actively contributing to our mission, values and effort specific to diversity, inclusion and opportunity.


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Coming Together for Racial Understanding (CTRU) participants will engage in civil dialogue around race relations. CTRU helps participants develop competencies around multi-cultural communication and interaction and develop the ability to organize, convene, and help lead an effort to bring people together for conversations around a challenging issue.

Diversity Mini-Grant Program

The Office of the Vice President seeks to promote a positive climate for diversity and inclusion facilitate the development of cultural competency and diversity education, and maintain diversity programming and initiatives to assist in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body, faculty, staff, and administration.

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture