LOCUS meeting

Our first meeting of the semester will be held on Wednesday, September 6th in MEB S14. We will be holding two meetings - one at 12:00pm and one at 5:00pm in order to accomodate as many people as possible. The same material will be discussed at both meetings.

Diversity Advisory Committee Social Justice Lunch Talk

The Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) is hosting it's first in a series of monthly social justice talks, which focus on identity and social activism at LSUHSC. Members of LOCUS will be leading this month's discussion. The lunch talk will be held on Wednesday, August 30th at 12:00pm in S8. Lunch will be provided.

NO/AIDS Task Force-Crescent Care Condom Packing Parties  

These packs will be distributed at Southern Decadence which takes place during Labor Day Weekend (Friday, September 1st through Monday September 4th). One will be housed at the LGBT Center at 2727 South Broad Street and two will be held at the CAN Office at 507 Frenchmen Street. The condom packing party at The LGBT Center is on Saturday, August 26th from 5 to 7pm. The Condom packing parties at The CAN Office will be Sunday, August 13th from 12pm to 2pm and Sunday August 20th from 12pm to 2pm.

Empowerment 2017 Achieve Impossible

CrescentCare and the NO/AIDS Task Force are sponsoring this free conference, which will provide current information on HIV treatments with a focus on guiding treatment decisions and empowering individuals to participate in making those decisions. In addition to individuals living with HIV, the conference also provides education to service providers including health care providers, case managers, health educators, patient navigators, and other allied health and behavioral health professionals. This conference will be on Friday, September 1, 2017 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Convention Center Marriott (859 Convention Center Blvd). Register here.

Safe Zone Training

Please see the description of Safe Zone trainings below for details. The next training session will be held on October 19 from 1:00pm-5:00pm. This  training is available to students only. Please contact Ayesha Umrigar at to sign up.

Getting Involved

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LOCUS Email Listserv

Safe Zone trained LSUHSC faculty

Raquel Baroni De Carvalho

Sarah Beck

Kari Brisolara

Jennifer Cameron

Kathryn Carzoli

John Cork

Judy Crabtree

Robin English

Marilyn Eyer

Julio Figueroa

Tina Gunaldo

Lisa Harrison-Bernard

Catherine Hebert

Andrew Hollenbach

Jennifer Hughes

Cathy Lazarus

Angela McLean

Noelle Moreau

Alma Nixon

Ryan Pasternak

Randolph Roig

Emilio Russo

Bradley Spieler

Stanley Talley

Xiaolin Tian

Rachel Wellons



LGBTQ + Allies Organization for the Cultural Understanding in the Sciences


Our mission:

LGBTQ+A Organization for Cultural Understanding in Health Sciences (LOCUS), provides a safe space for all members of LSUHSC and promotes the visibility of LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff on campus. As future and current healthcare professionals in Louisiana we strive to educate the community about issues specific to LGBTQ patients in order to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity for all.


Can I join LOCUS if I'm not training to be a health care provider?

Yes. LOCUS is an interprofessional group. As such, we welcome members from all six schools of LSU Health Sciences Center.


How do I join LOCUS?

Check the sidebar to subscribe to our listserv. If you'd like more information before signing up, feel free to contact one of our officers or school representatives. In order to protect the privacy of our members, we use "blind carbon copy" for email correspondence. This means that you can't see the other recipients of the email and they can't see you.


How often does LOCUS meet?

LOCUS typically meets 2-3 times per year. Check our side bar for the next meeting date, time, and location.


Need a guide for finding LGBTQ scholarships or a guide for navigating college as an LGBTQ student? Check out these guides:


What is Safe Zone training?

SafeZone Training was created to develop, enhance and maintain environments in workplaces, schools and other social settings that are culturally competent and supportive to LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) individuals, as well as straight, cisgender people who care about diversity, equality and inclusion. The SafeZone programs aim to increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills for individuals and address the challenges that exist when one wants to advocate for their LGBTQ peers, family members, friends, coworkers and for themselves. 

Safe Zone training is available to LSUHSC faculty, staff, and students.For more informtaion, contact Dr. Gregory Casey at

To read more about Safe Zone training, please visit


Are there any faculty on the LSUHSC campus that are Safe Zone trained?

To date, 27 participants have undergone Safe Zone training. They can be identified by the Safe Zone sticker (shown below) attached to their office nameplate. In addition, a list of all Safe Zone participants and their contact information can be found on the sidebar to the right.



LOCUS officers


Ayesha Umrigar

Mirandy Li


Student Representatives

School of Medicine: 
Mirandy Li

School of Nursing :
Margaret Wilmes

School of Allied Health:
Position open (please contact either Mirandy Li or Ayesha Umrigar if you are interested in being a representative)

School of Public Health:
Mirandy Li

School of Dentistry:
Corey Romero

School of Graduate Studies:
Ayesha Umrigar


Faculty Sponsors

Andrew Hollenbach, Ph.D.

Randolph L. Roig, M.D.