It is truly a great honor to have been appointed as Assistant Dean of Diversity Affairs at LSU Health Shreveport.

As a graduate from this institution, my workplace since my graduation 2010 to date, I am extremely proud to head this all-new diversity unit and, more precisely, to oversee institution-wide diversity and inclusion. Consequently, my vision looks for creating a healthy work and campus environment where all stakeholders, as a close-knit community, will definitely enjoy living and working, regardless of culture, race, religion, or ethnicity differences.

To concretize this vision, I will consider to provide strong leadership including senior leadership from groups traditionally underrepresented in Medicine; to promote diversity training and education for diverse groups of students, residents, or staff members; to create a supportive support culture, including: mentoring, recruiting, retention and advancement of students; to assess and evaluate our diversity programs for necessary follow up.

The application of these key strategies will give way to crafting institution-wide diversity and inclusion programs, outreach and synergy activities that will enrich the overall student’s learning experience on campus and the all-embracing stakeholders’ productivity.

I look forward to teaming up with Dr.G. E. Ghali, Chancellor and Dean, Dr. Jane M. Eggerstedt, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Ms. Marisa Roberson, Director of Diversity Affairs, Dr Scott Kennedy, Assistant Dean of Student Admissions , house-staff, faculty, in an ultimate effort to provide LSUHSC with the most effective diversity program in response to an increasingly diverse workforce.

Debbie Chandler, MD
Associate Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Anesthesiology
Assistant Dean of Diversity Affairs, School of Medicine
LSU Health Shreveport
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