Diversity & Inclusion

In Baton Rouge, we celebrate the things that make us different — cultures, experiences, perspectives. When we recognize the beauty in diversity, we enrich our lives and elevate our communities.

Creating space for everyone.

From vibrant festivals and culture-centric gatherings to community outreach programs supporting underserved populations, we're fully committed to fostering a culture of belonging. It doesn't matter who you are or where you're from — we're happy to have you.

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  • 32.1Years old — the median age for Baton Rouge residents (based on 2020 census data).
  • 2,107Minority-owned businesses and 3,079 Women-owned businesses in Baton Rouge, as of 2020.
  • 16%Of students at Louisiana State University are Black, the highest in the SEC.
  • 7K+Students are enrolled at the flagship campus of Southern University, the only HBCU system in the country.

Organizations & Groups

Social and business organizations play a vital role in advancing diversity in Baton Rouge. From advocacy groups like 100 Black Men and Baton Rouge Pride to community-focused organizations like the Junior League of Baton Rouge and the American Business Women's Association (ABWA), there is critical work being done to empower marginalized communities and promote equality throughout the city.

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Inclusive Initiatives

Essential initiatives like Metromorphosis and the Drive Minority Business Accelerator provide resources and support to minority-owned businesses, helping them thrive in the local economy. These programs and the people who run them are working tirelessly to create a more inclusive and welcoming Baton Rouge.

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Workforce Diversity

In addition to cultural diversity, the local workforce is a direct reflection of Baton Rouge's diverse population. Opportunity is abundant across various industries, including healthcare, education, manufacturing, and technology, just to name a few.

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