Loren Blanchard, the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Xavier University, is leaving for a job at California State University, according to a statement from Xavier.

Blanchard, a Xavier alumnus, will depart for his new position in July. He will serve as executive vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at CSU.

Before working at Xavier, Blanchard was the associate vice chancellor for academic and multicultural affairs at LSU Health Sciences Center.

He has a degree in speech pathology from Xavier, a master’s degree in education from McNeese State University and a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Georgia.

Program on police violence set at Dillard

On Thursday, youth-led groups across the South and beyond, including New Orleans, will join to demand an end to police violence in minority communities.

With the support of the American Friends Service Committee and Peace by Piece, local youth activists will present “#DOA — A Day of Action to End Police Violence” in Georges Auditorium on the Dillard University campus.

The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a live broadcast, hosted by TheRealNews.com, of a national discussion with activists from around the country. It will be followed by an audience discussion at 5:30 p.m. and a public forum and panel at 6 p.m. Panelists will include Norris Henderson, of Voice of the Ex-Offender; Ursula Price, of the Independent Police Monitor’s Office; Dillard student Devin Sordelet; and Tracie Washington, of the Louisiana Justice Institute. Recording artist Dee-1 will moderate the discussion.

Student organizers hope to develop some concrete actions to end police violence and misconduct. Topics will include police accountability to the community, challenging stop-and-frisk policies and encouraging more positive interaction between police and the community.

For more information about the National Day of Action, call (504) 565-3596 or visit soar.afsc.org or facebook.com/peacebypiecenola.

Loyola to offer degree in musical theater

Loyola University will begin offering a new degree for musical theater students.

Starting this fall, the College of Music and Fine Arts will offer a degree titled “Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre.”

Theater and dance professor Patrick Gendusa said he has tried to recruit musical theater students for more than nine years, but many turned him down because there was no degree in their specialty.

Anthony Decuir, dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts, said such students currently must either major in music and minor in theater or major in theater and minor in music.

He said the first auditions have been held for the new program, which he described as a chance to combine the college’s theater and voice departments.

For more information on the program, contact the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at (504) 865-3840 or drama@loyno.edu.

LSU professor studies LGBT health care

Andrew Hollenbach, an LSU Health New Orleans associate professor of genetics, is the lead editor of “Implementing Curricular and Institutional Climate Changes to Improve Health Care for Individuals Who Are LGBT, Gender-Nonconforming or Born With DSD: A Resource for Medical Educators.”

The 306-page report, produced by the Association of American Medical Colleges, is designed to reduce health care disparities in these groups. It is a guide to advanced training of physicians to provide health care responsive to the needs of these patient populations.

Individuals who are LGBT, gender-nonconforming or born with a difference of sex development can experience inadequate or inappropriate care ranging from unconscious bias to overtly discriminatory acts. They can suffer from disparities in mental and behavioral health and physical health and experience high rates of trauma — including discrimination, victimization and violence — from childhood to old age.

The report contains resources about the health needs and the role of academic medicine and the health care system in supporting these populations. It discusses how to integrate this content into medical education and highlights national resources and curricular innovations within academic medicine.

The Sexual Orientation and Health Among U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey found significant differences in health-related behaviors, health status, health care service utilization and health care access among U.S. adults aged 18-64 depending on whether they identified as straight, gay or lesbian, or bisexual.