LOCUS meeting

Our first meeting of the semester will be held on . 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.


NO/AIDS Task Force-Crescent Care Condom Packing Parties  


Getting Involved

Click here to subscribe to our listserv:

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.