Chat & Chew

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chat and chew facilitator leading discussion
chat and chew group in the union

About Chat & Chew

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion invites you to attend the monthly “Chat & Chew” Diversity and Inclusion Lecture Series for faculty and staff. “Chat & Chew” sessions are designed to provide greater insight into areas that promote the goals of Diversity and Inclusion outlined in our ODEI strategic plan, as well as engage faculty, staff, and administrators in thoughtful conversations that will aid in shifting the climate at LSU. The sessions will take place every fourth Tuesday of each month during lunch hour, and the presentation will consist of either a live lecture or webinar followed by a moderated discussion. Chat & Chew takes place in the Vieux Carre Room in the LSU Student Union at 12pm. Bring your lunch and a friend! 

2021-2022 Chat & Chew Schedule

Chaw & Chew schedule - details included below

February 23, 2021

Topic: A Matter of Records: Using Genealogy to Tell Your Story

“Who am I?” is a complicated but frequently asked question that can require a lifelong process to answer. Genealogy, the study of family history and lineage, contributes to this universal search of the self by painstakingly stitching together a person’s ancestry, primarily using oral histories and historical records. Since many historical records are limited by the conditions in which they have been created, not all stories can easily be told. While some people may find their family histories illuminated through several millennia, others may discover that theirs barely seem to be captured beyond a century ago.  

Considering this disparity, is it really possible for every person’s ancestral story to be told, especially by relying on historical public records? If so, how does one begin to do so? More importantly, why are some stories readily available while others are nearly excluded? 

Join us for a practical discussion on historical identity and public memory. 

Moderator: Ebony McDonald, MSLS, African and African-American Diversity Librarian, LSU Libraries


Judy Riffel, Professional Genealogist, Independent Researcher in Baton Rouge; 

David Laatsch, Genealogy Library, East Baton Rouge Public Library ; and  

Greg Osborn, Library Associate, New Orleans Public Library    


March 23, 2021 

Topic: The Person You Mean to Be (How Good People Fight Bias) - Chat & Chew

Many of us believe in equality, diversity, and inclusion. But how do we stand up for those values in our turbulent world? What if your attachment to being a "good" person is holding you back from actually becoming a better person?  Please join us for our conversation about The Person You Mean to Be (How Good People Fight Bias).


Dr. Suzette Caleo, Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, E. J. Ourso College of Business

Angela R. Guidry, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, E. J. Ourso College of Business


April 20, 2021

Topic: Year End Student Reflections

We have faced so many challenges as an LSU family in the past academic year. Please join us for the opportunity to hear from our students about their own experiences navigating a virtual classroom experience, pandemic, and racial reckoning.

Moderator: Dr. Dereck J. Rovaris, Sr., Vice Provost for Diversity

Panelists: Angela Blank, Calvin Chapman, Chloe Hawkins, Chrys Viator, Deventria Curtis, Devin Scott, Inari Owens

May , 2021

All Chat & Chew sessions this semester are held from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM via Zoom. 

For more information or to request special accommodations, please contact the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at 225-578-5736.


Chat & Chew Committee



Renee Boutte Myer

Assistant Dean for Diversity, Advocacy & Civic Engagement

College of Human Sciences and Education

Melissa Brocato

Assistant Vice Provost
Executive Director
Center for Academic Success

Dr. Gina Eubanks

AVP & Program Leader of Nutrition & Food Science

LSU AgCenter


Monica Guient

Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Opportunity

LSU AgCenter

Emmy Hicks

Assistant Director of Development

LSU Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Sigrid E. Kelsey

Director of Library Communications and Publications

LSU Libraries

Dr. Ashley N. Mack

Assistant Professor, Rhetoric & Cultural Studies

Department of Communication Studies

Dr. Amanda L. Martin

Assistant Dean of Recruitment and Student Development

LSU AgCenter

Ebony McDonald

African and African American Studies Diversity Librarian

LSU Libraries

Dr. Tyrslai Williams-Carter

Director of Research, Education, & Outreach Programs
Office of Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Zakiya Wilson Kennedy

Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion

College of Science