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Student Affairs

Department History

In 1989, Jerry Baldwin, an African American football coach working at Louisiana Tech at the time observed that underserved and underrepresented African American students needed an office that specifically served them.  he identified the need for a "go-to-person" for African American students.  Coach Baldwin and Dr. Jean Hall, Vice President for Student Affairs, recognized that there was a lack of coordination and organization between minority student-led organizations as well as low levels of campus-wide participation.  As a result, the University Minority Affairs Committee (UMAC) was formed in November of 1989 to proactively address concerns of minority groups on campus.  This committee formed the foundation for what would become the Minority Affairs Office.

The Minority Affairs Office was first established in 1992 under the direction of Mertrude "Mert" Douglas to serve as a front-line resource for African American students.  From its inception, the Minority Affairs Office's focus was geared toward empowering African American students by helping fledgling minority groups better organize and tap into campus-wide resources.  Soon because of the office's scope, students, faculty and administrative staff began to view the office as the information hub for Black students.

In anticipation of a shifting demographic paradigm at Louisiana Tech, the Minority Affairs Office was renamed in 1994 as the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA).