Wesley E. Heath (he/him/his) 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.
Wes joined the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Louisiana State University (LSU) in November 2016 as the Assistant Director for Cross-Cultural Affairs. In this role, Wes focuses on researching, designing, and implementing strategies that encourage members of the campus community to work across social lines, exploring complex notions of diversity, intersectionality, and social justice. Wes serves as the advisor for Asian American, Latinx and Hispanic, LGBTQ+, and Native American student services. Wes also provides oversight to LSU’s MLK Week programming and the LGBTQ+ Project.
Wes was accepted into the LSU Higher Education program within the College of Human Sciences and Education in the fall of 2017. He began coursework for the Doctor of Philosophy degree for Higher Education Administration in January 2018.
As a scholar-practitioner in higher education administration, Wes has extensive experience diversity, equity, and inclusion practices; assessment and evaluation; budgeting and higher education finance; strategic planning; student advising, advocacy and accountability; retention initiatives; programming and event planning; and interdepartmental collaboration.
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 understand and respond effectively to the cultural and linguistic needs of the individuals in your organization enabling productive interactions in a cross-cultural framework.
America is built on a culture of white supremacy and has a history that goes back hundred of years. White supremacy enables racism which is meant to provide political power, economic privilege, and benefits for whites. As a result of this history we live in a society based on white cultural supremacy.
In this workshop you will explore the experiences of plus-size/fat individuals, the effects of implicit bias and sizeism on self-esteem and work ethic, as well as the intersections of health and weight.
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 perceptual and institutional biases that impact the ways people interact with and support each other.
As a speaker, Dr. Wes is a thought-provoking and inspirational force, instigating audiences to believe that they can achieve change through personal anecdotes and intentional diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.
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.