Dr. Wesley E. Heath (he/him/his) is a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) scholar-practitioner with experience in multiple industries including education and healthcare. Dr. Wes earned his dual Bachelor of Arts degree in in Sociology and Psychology from Manchester University in 2014 and received his Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Ball State University in 2016. In March of 2021, Dr. Wes successfully completed his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership & Research at Louisiana State University (LSU).
From 2016 through mid-2021, Dr. Wes worked in the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at LSU as an Assistant Director, and eventually promoted to Associate Director, for Cross-Cultural Affairs. In this role, Dr. Wes focused on researching, designing, and implementing strategies that encouraged members of the campus community to work across social lines, exploring complex notions of diversity, intersectionality, and social justice. He served as the advisor for Asian American, Latinx and Hispanic, LGBTQ+, and Native American student services.
In August of 2021, Dr. Wes transitioned to a new role as Regional Director for Diversity & Inclusion with Ochsner Health, one of Louisiana's largest non-profit, academic healthcare systems. In this role, he develops curricula, programs, events, and strategies that support Ochsner's DEI efforts in the Bayou Region and across the system.
Dr. Wes is excited to work with you and your team to develop and deliver the most up-to-date DEI workshops, policies, and practices.
This workshop is designed to spread awareness of challenges facing queer individuals, help you develop skills for effective allyship, and to increase your historical understanding of language and culture surrounding queerness.
In this workshop you will learn about effective cross-cultural tips and tools that you and your team can use to enhance everyday communication and marketing practices.
This workshop explores commonly discussed DEI concepts including power, privilege, prejudice, intersectionality, microaggressions, and systems of oppression. Participants will also learn about the important role of allyship within antiracism.
In this workshop you will explore the experiences of plus-size/fat individuals by looking at the effects of implicit bias and sizeism on self-esteem, stigma, and workplace discrimination.
Building a diverse and inclusive culture everyone's responsibility. You can help make your organization a more supportive and engaging place to work by understanding the personal and institutional biases that impact the way people interact with and support each other.
As a speaker, Dr. Wes is a thought-provoking and engaging facilitator who believes in making DEI work personal through intentional change-management.
As an ally, I work to unite individuals across social lines, supporting and celebrating both our differences and our similarities.
As an advocate, I amplify the voices around me, drawing attention to the impactful stories of marginalized communities.
As an activist, I bring necessary and lasting social change through policy and practice reforms that intentionally disrupt systems of racism and oppression.