LGBT+Allies Organization for Cultural Understanding the Health Sciences (LOCUS) 

Ayesha Umrigar and Mirandy Li

LGBT + Allies Organization for Cultural Understanding in the Health Sciences (LOCUS) held two events in the month of October:  

We are pleased to announce that another Safe Zone training session was made available for students. The student-focused training was held on Saturday, October 28th from 1-4 at the LSUHSC downtown campus. Safe Zone training was developed to foster culturally competent work and school environments for LGBTQ individuals. These training sessions provide participants with the awareness, knowledge, and skills to advocate for their LGBTQ peers, family members, friends, coworkers, and for themselves. To date, 27 faculty members have undergone Safe Zone training. They can be identified by the Safe Zone sticker attached to their office nameplate, as well as being listed on our website (see link below). Additional training sessions for faculty will be offered in the near future. 

 We also facilitated a “Coffee Talk” with the New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders (NOAGE) on October 14 at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave.). This talk focused on the role of genetic testing in providing patient care. Three student volunteers conducted a simple experiment to demonstrate how genetic testing is performed in the laboratory. If you’d like to participate in future Coffee Talks or any of our other volunteer opportunities, please visit our website ( where you can subscribe to our email list.  

If you have any questions about LOCUS or volunteer opportunities, please contact Co-Presidents Mirandy Li ( and Ayesha Umrigar (