Chat & Chew

chat chew group discussion
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! 

2020-2021 Chat & Chew Schedule

Chaw & Chew schedule - details included below

September 29, 2020

Topic: Our 5 Pandemics: Health, Race, Economics, Weather, and Politics

Join us for a fireside chat with the Vice Provost for Diversity, Dr. Dereck J. Rovaris Sr., on how LSU is handling the intersection of these pandemics through the lens of diversity.

Moderator: Dr. Dereck J. Rovaris , Sr. 

October 27, 2020

Topic: Mental Health Care during a Pandemic marked with Political and Social Unrest

Moderator and Panelists: TBD

November 17, 2020

Topic: Cultural Competency 

Moderator: John Parham

Panelists: TBD

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

Dedrick Ford

Learning Specialist

Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes

Calvin Marshall

Academic Advisor

Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes

Percy Jackson

Graduate Assistant, Leadership, Communications, Strategic Initiatives, and Outreach

Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

John Parham 

Academic Advisor

Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes

Angela Guidry

Executive Coordinator for the Dean, Office of Business Student Success

Director, Diversity and Inclusion

E.J. Ourso, College of Business

Dr. Zakiya Wilson Kennedy

Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion

College of Science

Ebony McDonald 

African and African American Studies Diversity Librarian

LSU Libraries