Nicholls dean named to diversity panel

A Nicholls State University dean will have a voice in recommending changes to diversity and inclusion policies and practices for the University of Louisiana System.

Dean of Student Services Michele Caruso will serve on the five-member ULS Workplace Inclusion Task Force that aims to update and strengthen existing workplace policies.

The task force will review existing inclusion and diversity policies, complaints and cases from the system and its member institutions to create recommendations to change existing practices or create new, proactive policies, Nicholls said in a news release.

“My goal is to make substantive changes and I’m confident it will happen,” Caruso said. “As a system, we have an obligation to do everything we possibly can to provide environments where our students can learn to be future leaders.”


Ochsner St. Anne Hospital recognized

Seven Ochsner facilities, including Ochsner St. Anne Hospital in Raceland, have earned the LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization released its 11th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index.

A record 626 health care facilities actively participated in the survey, with the HRC Foundation proactively researching key policies at more than 900 additional non-participating hospitals. Of those included in the index, 418 earned a LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation. Nine facilities in Louisiana were recognized in the 2018 survey.

“I am proud to be part of a system that not only embraces LGBTQ healthcare, but actively promotes the advancement of compassionate and high quality care for all patients,” said Dr. Samuel Danna, vice president, Ochsner Pride-LGBTQ Resource Group. “Our designation as an HEI leader also demonstrates the system’s commitment to fostering a collaborative and welcoming environment for underrepresented groups.”

HEI participants are given scores in foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care, LGBTQ patient services and support, employee benefits and policies, and LGBTQ patient and community engagement.


Local Ducks Unlimited chapter honored

Ducks Unlimited Upper Lafourche Chapter in Thibodaux was recently named one of the top fundraising chapters of 2017 across the nation.

The local chapter was named as one of the President’s Elite chapters that raised between $100,000 and $249,999.

“These fundraising events are the backbone of DU’s habitat conservation efforts, and the volunteers who make up these chapters are the force making a difference for North American waterfowl populations,” said DU President Rogers Hoyt Jr. “It takes a great deal of effort to achieve these levels of distinction, and these chapters deserve to be congratulated by every person who enjoys the outdoors.”

The chapters honored this year earned their spots on the nationally recognized lists out of more than 2,400 DU chapters nationwide that hosted more than 4,050 fundraising events. DU's event fundraising system is a model for other conservation organizations worldwide and has conserved more than 14 million acres of waterfowl habitat since 1937, the group said in a news release.



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