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Dear Tech Family,
Good Sunday morning. Yesterday was beautiful and sunny here in north Louisiana, and I hope that it was the same for you wherever you are. I enjoyed walking around campus and seeing some of the construction projects that are underway. We are continuing to prepare for our students to return to campus this Fall.
Today’s update will be brief so that you can take time to enjoy the spring weather. We’ll talk about a few ways we can continue to connect with members of the Tech Family even while we are distanced from one another.
In one way or another, every Bulldog has been impacted by the pandemic. The Louisiana Tech University Archives has begun a project to document our thoughts and experiences during this time. In addition, KLPI has started a podcast project to add to the Archives.
Your contributions could assist a future scholar in their research on this pivotal time in our University’s history. I encourage everyone to submit to the Archives to help us capture a moment in the history of Louisiana Tech. Start your contribution to the podcast by completing the form online. You can donate physical files – diaries, videos, artwork, teaching and classroom experiences – to the Archives here.
Beyond 1894 podcast
This past Wednesday, the Beyond 1894 podcast featured an interview with Devonia Love-Vaughn, Dean of Inclusion Initiatives and Student Success. Since Devonia joined Louisiana Tech, she has been committed to ensuring all our students are given the opportunity to succeed.
Louisiana Tech students come from diverse backgrounds and encounter different challenges. One source of our University’s strength is its diversity, and our contrasts create learning experiences beyond the classroom. Devonia’s work with students – both on their academic performance and success outside of the classroom – helps create a rich experience for all of us who have the opportunity to work with her.
In the Beyond 1894 interview, Devonia talks about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our campus community. She has long advocated for creating safe spaces for all members of our community to have conversations about diversity and creating inclusive excellence.
As we navigate through our current crisis, it’s important to remember what we strive for in these initiatives and that they are work the effort we put into them. We want to make a university campus that affords opportunity for contributions for all its members, and we want to be intentional in welcoming students – and faculty and staff members – and valuing their individual experiences and contributions.
If you have an opportunity today, I encourage you to learn more about Dean Love-Vaughn, her experiences, and her vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campus. Thank you all for helping to achieve that vision at Louisiana Tech.