Office of Diversity & Inclusion


Lamar University is committed to fostering an inclusive environment that recognizes all expressions of diversity and identity as we prepare students to thrive in a culturally diverse and global society. The mission of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI), in collaboration with students, faculty, staff and administration, is to plan and implement programs and projects that build a community that values and respects the differences and commonalities that each and every individual brings to Lamar.  The goal of all programming is the focus on the needs of our diverse student body and to ensure that the right conditions are in place for each student to feel valued, respected and supported.

Students and members of students organizations  are integral members of the planning teams for all the programs on campus  that celebrate  the national observances of diversity, i.e., Hispanic Heritage Month,  Black History Month, Women’s History Month, as well as Pride Month and Lamar’s International  Awareness Month.  Members of the Multicultural Student Advisory Council (MSAC), an Office of Diversity and Inclusion sponsored organization, with faculty and staff are charged with the planning and implementation of Lamar's Diversity and Inclusion Conference.  The active involvement of students and student organizations in all programming initiatives provides a training ground for the development of leadership skills.   


Diversity Celebrations


Celebration Months: These campus-wide events are designed to celebrate cultures represented on our campus. Students are invited to serve on the planning committees and are offered additional resources to assist with their programming.

*Programming Assistance - Student organizations that need assistance planning cultural events can receive help from the department. Assistance may include marketing, funding, and planning.


Resources


Mentoring and Retention Programs

STARS (Student Advising and Retention Services) - STARS exists to meet the academic needs of all Lamar University students. We provide academic support to all undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students at Lamar University. STARS staff assist students in services such as tutoring, mentoring, advising, and learning communities. STARS focuses on helping Lamar students to develop a plan for academic success while in college.

  • STARS Tutoring Center - Individual and small group tutoring for undergraduate or post-baccalaureate students.

  • Online tutoring - Available to Lamar undergraduate and post baccalaureate students in Academic Partnership online, Distance Education online, as well as students that live further than a thirty mile radius from campus (exceptions may apply). Online tutoring is not available to on-campus students (exceptions may apply).

  • STARS Mentoring (Wings Mentoring, African American Male Professional Connections Mentoring (AAMP) and Mi Socio Hispanic) - The goals of these programs are to promote students' self confidence, personalize Lamar University, help students meet the intellectual challenges of college, take advantage of resources, and foster maximum academic, personal, and professional growth.

  • Academic Enhancement Workshops - Workshops are offered through each long semester (3 times per week) by Student Advising and Retention Services (STARS). Topics of the workshops vary from note taking skills, stress management, financial literacy and other topics that students may be interested in.

  • Learning Communities (Freshman Interest Groups) -  Learning Communities are groups of approximately 20 Freshman students who take two or more courses together. Each Learning Community is grouped together according to the students' major. They take several courses together and have a common meeting time.
  • Early Alert (EA) - Academic support services for students. Early Alert (EA) is a program designed to provide intervention services to students who are identified as having academic difficulty or as having potential for academic difficulty. We assist students in taking action on issues that may contribute to poor attendance, unsatisfactory grades, and lack of motivation. Students will have the opportunity to take the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) to help identify areas of weakness to be addressed by their advisor. Early Alert provides you with an advisor whose priority is assisting your development of learning and study skills as well as helping you to set and achieve your own academic goals.

TRiO Student Support Services - TRiO Student Support Services is a federally funded program providing a variety of ongoing services throughout a student's college career designed to create an academically focused support environment. The ultimate goal is to help students reach their goal of obtaining a bachelor's degree. Services offered include advising, career exploration and graduate school preparation, cultural enrichment, assistance with completing financial aid and scholarship applications, financial literacy program (budgeting, student loans, and financial planning), tutoring, computer lab (computers printers, and scanner), study area, library, and supplies (scantrons, laptops, calculators, notecards, and voice recorders).

Other Resources

Disabilities Resource Center (DRC) - We support students with disabilities at Lamar University through the appropriate use of advocacy, accommodations, and supportive services to ensure access to campus courses, services, and activities. The DRC is the university-designated office that determines and facilitates reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Veterans Affairs (VA) - Assists students attending Lamar University with using education benefits under the Department of Veterans Affairs Educational Assistance Programs and Texas Hazlewood Exemption Act in the pursuit of a Bachelor, Master, or Doctoral Degree. Our goal is to provide the pertinent information required to all our VA students attending Lamar University.

International Student Services - Services for students coming from more than 65 countries within the undergraduate and graduate programs here at Lamar.

Study Abroad - Lamar University encourages and supports students who wish to participate in study abroad program. Lamar students have taken part in study abroad programs in China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, and Spain. Students may enroll in almost any college-level course or courses, yet some particularly apt courses for study include art, architecture, dance, economics, education, fashion design, foreign languages, geology, history, literature, music, political science, and sociology.

Scholarships - Most scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement. Other factors such as academic major, leadership ability and specialized skills (athletics, marching band, art, music, etc.) also may be considered in awarding scholarships. For priority consideration for most Lamar University scholarships, apply no later than February 1 each year (some unique opportunities require earlier deadlines).

Internships - For more information about internships contact Angie Thomas at angela.thomas@lamar.edu or 409-880-8883.

The Math Lab - Located in the Lucas Engineering Building - 2nd floor - room 209.  Tutors are available.

  • Fall and Spring hours:  Monday - Thursday from 8 am to 4 pm and Friday from 8 am to 1 pm
  • Summer hours:  Monday - Thursday from 8 am to 3:30 pm and Friday from 8 am to 1 pm

The Writing Center - Whether students have begun to write or need help gathering ideas and planning an assignment, the Writing Center aims to improve student writing.

  • Face-to-Face Tutoring - Students will come to the Writing Center and sit with a tutor. To begin the session, you will be asked for the reasons for your visit, the assignment on which you are working, and your goals for the session. It is crucial for students to be able to verbalize these elements so the tutor can best assist you. Sessions are offered in 30-minute or 1-hour time slots. Groups working together on projects can also be accommodated. APPOINTMENT MUST BE SCHEDULED.
  • Online Tutoring - Lamar has a significant online student population as well as many students who commute. Therefore, the Writing Center wants to provide support to students who cannot physically come into the center.
  • Workshops - The Writing Center provides workshops at various times each semester. Students can visit the Facebook page to keep up with events. The workshop topics will continue to expand. Peer tutors created each workshop based on common questions or problems they see in their sessions, and they worked hard to make them as short and interesting as possible.

    Faculty can request any workshop be presented in class and can make that request through our Request a Workshop tab. Please feel free to also request a workshop on a specific topic, provided you give us two weeks to prepare. See our list of current workshops.

Cardinal Clinic - As part of our expanding commitment and engagement with the greater Beaumont community, the Department of Counseling and Special Populations (COSP) is now offering clinical mental health and educational services to the citizens of the Golden Triangle in our new counseling and training clinic. The Cardinal Community Clinic (CCC) is housed in the College of Education building on the Lamar University campus. The clinic is equipped to provide various mental health services, student remedial services to facilitate special education, testing and assessment services, autism intervention, and a range of other services for special populations at a reduced cost to the public. Call for an appointment 409-880-7681.

Psychology Clinc - Free individual, couples, and group therapy for Lamar University students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community. The clinc serves individuals over the age of 18. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 409-880-7783 or 409-880-8337. Located in Suite 200 on the 2nd floor of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Building on the Lamar University Campus.