Nicholls dean to serve on ULS diversity and inclusion task force

Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University


THIBODAUX, La. — 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 Dr. Michele Caruso will serve on the 5-member ULS Workplace Inclusion Task Force that aims to update and strengthen existing workplace policies.

Together, 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.

“My goal is to make substantive changes and I’m confident it will happen,” Dr. 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.”

In addition to Dr. Caruso, the task force includes ULS attorney Winston Decuir Jr., Northwestern State University Human Resources Director Veronica Biscoe, ULS Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeannine Kahn and Southeastern Louisiana University EEO and ADA Compliance Officer Gene Pregeant.

“It’s an exciting time for Nicholls because, in addition to having a member contribute on this important task force, our president, Dr. Jay Clune, has his own vision for diversity and inclusion to Nicholls,” Dr. Caruso said. “The final product is going to have a positive impact on the UL System and the students that we serve in terms of making inclusion the norm both at work and in the classroom.”


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