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LSUHS, Dillard University establish MOU to increase inclusion of African=Americans, Latinx students

Curtis Macken

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NEW ORLEANS, LA — The Louisiana State University Health Shreveport, or LSUHS, and Dillard University announced last Thursday that they are working together to establish an MOU for the Guaranteed Interview Program at LSU.

“LSU Health Shreveport is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented students attending and graduating from our medical school. We are working diligently to provide a clear pathway to accomplish that goal,” said Dr. David Lewis, dean of the LSUHS School of Medicine and interim chancellor.

With the MOU, both institutions aim to increase the inclusion of African American and Latinx students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in Louisiana who apply to the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine. The MOU will be effective July 1 and remain in effect until terminated by either party.

“This MOU also signifies LSU Shreveport School of Medicine’s commitment through their Office of Diversity Affairs to enhancing the diversity of its admissions pool by intentionally considering qualified student applicants from our state’s HBCUs,” said Tracie Thomas, pre-health advisor and coordinator of summer programs and grants at Dillard University.

In 2019, Dillard students took part in LSUHS’s HBCU Educational Conference, and the MOU will further the LSUHS and Dillard commitment to progressive opportunities for Black and Latinx scholars.

The Guaranteed Interview Program certifies that Dillard University students who meet specified criteria included in the MOU will be invited to interview with the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine admissions committee.

“This MOU is another indication to our pre-health students that we are committed to establishing opportunities that provide them access to medical schools so that they are one step closer to realizing their dreams of becoming doctors,” Dr. Yolanda Page, vice president for academic affairs, said in a statement.

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