Dr. LaKeitha Poole
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Dr. LaKeitha Poole is in her fifth season as Louisiana State University’s Director of Student-Athlete Mental Health and is currently serving as Interim Senior Advisor to the Athletics Director for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. Poole works with the LSU Athletics Diversity & Inclusion Councils to implement various initiatives including a climate survey, hiring practices, diversity supplier policies, supporting racial equity, assessing communication and developing educational programming for student-athletes, coaches and staff. Poole played numerous roles on campus before moving over to the Athletics Department in 2016. She spent six years in LSU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, serving as an assistant director and as the coordinator of the LSU African American Cultural Center.
In addition to her roles at LSU, Poole serves as an adjunct instructor in the College of Human Sciences and Education, is a board member for the Baranco-Clark YMCA in Old South Baton Rouge, and owns a private practice, Small Talk Counseling & Consulting. A 2009 graduate of Florida State, she earned her master’s degree in Community Counseling/Clinical Mental Health from LSU and her doctoral degree in Counselor Education & Supervision from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.