In the year of 1999, Louisiana State University named its first Vice Provost of Campus Diversity, Gregory Vincent, JD. The campus diversity sector of the university was created to “coordinate and centralize university efforts to increase diversity of the LSU faculty, staff, and students” (Continuing Accreditation Report, 1999). In that same report, Dr. Vincent’s was noted as charging a “university-wide Diversity Advisory Board with the development of additional diversity plans and procedures for the entire university, with implementation intended for AY 2000-2001.” In August 2003, Mary Evelyn Baszile took on the role of Interim Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity following Vincent’s move to the LSU Law Center. Following the retirement of Ms. Baszile, Provost Risa Palm named Dr. Katrice Albert as the new Interim Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity. Albert became the permanent Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity in 2004. 

During Albert’s administration, a team of faculty and staff applied for and received a grant from the Housing Urban Development Administration. This HUD grant enabled the university to begin initiatives that would aid in the social, economical, and professional development of the Old South Baton Rouge community. In addition to revitalization, the grant will also aid LSU in establishing a long-term commitment to the community that can exist beyond the scope of grants. Once LSU established the community-university partnership (CUP) grants, the Equity and Diversity unit became the Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach. The office continues it work to establish equity, promote diversity, and serve the community.