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McNeese State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
Box 91740
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70609
(337) 475-5504
Email address
School Information
"McNeese State University was established by the Louisiana Legislature in 1939, with the opening fall session beginning on September 11, 1939. The institution was first named the Lake Charles Junior College and was a division of Louisiana State University. The following fall, the school changed its name to John McNeese Junior College to honor John McNeese, a renowned Southwest Louisiana educator and the first superintendent of schools in Imperial Calcasieu Parish. In 1950, McNeese became a four-year college in its own right and came under the authority of the Louisiana Board of Education. Finally, in 1970, McNeese State University became the official name of the school" (Source: The total undergraduate enrollment is over 6,500 students. There are over 100 undergraduate academic programs and 36 graduate programs offered. McNeese's student to faculty ratio is 21 to 1.
General Information
MSU has enacted numerous diversity initiatives, including the creation of a strategic plan for DEI. MSU recently appointed a new Director of Inclusive Excellence Office, in addition to highlighted its dean of students who won an award for inclusion. Diversity training is a required for staff for search and screening. Other training for diversity will soon be established. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • MSU made a commitment to "provide training opportunities and outreach activities to campus units and external groups that promote diversity."
  • MSU offers an undergraduate certificate program in Diversity and Inclusion.
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • In 2018-2019, MSU "introduced DiversityEdu mandatory training to reduce unconscious bias in the search committee screening."
Program and Research Funding
  • MSU offers an undergraduate minor in Diversity and Inclusion with courses in Diversity and Intercultural Communication and Managing the Diverse Workplace.
  • MSU has an Office of Inclusive Excellence which seeks to "establish a strategic plan of operation for cultivating a campus culture that embraces diversity, enables inclusion, and provides equity to all campus constituents."
  • MSU recently named a new Director of Inclusive Excellence Office.
  • MSU has a committee for Diversity and Equity Initiatives.
  • "The Black Faculty-Staff Council (BFSC) is an affinity group of McNeese faculty and staff who work to promote diversity and inclusion within the campus community...The group hosts programs to foster cultural awareness and mitigate implicit biases. The BFSC also provides recommendations to student and employee campus leaders for ways to improve campus inclusive excellence efforts."
  • MSU’s Equity and Inclusion Policy highlights the schools guidelines on equity, inclusion, racial bias and also requires all course syllabi to include a statement on equity and inclusion.
Symbolic Actions
  • McNeese recently highlighted a professor who will be joining the National Diversity Task Force.
  • In 2020, MSU released a letter responding to the death of George Floyd, highlighting the school's commitment to anti-racism and diversity.
  • MSU's dean of students received the James Caillier Innovation and Inclusion Award from the University of Louisiana System, as announced on July 19, 2021.
  • MSU provides a statement on Diversity as being defined by how the university understands and promotes an inclusive community through “the process of recruiting new students, faculty, and staff.”
Last updated May 10th, 2024
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