State Sen. Ryan will be part of a forum on higher education at Southern University at Shreveport on Thursday.

The Southern University at Shreveport Faculty Senate and AAUP, in partnership with Louisiana State University Shreveport, will play host to a Higher Education Forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 311at the Southern University Metro Campus, 610 Texas St., in downtown Shreveport.

The forum will provide an opportunity for faculty, students, and the public to speak with state and city legislators about the plans for higher education in Louisiana in the wake of declining enrollment and budget cuts.

The local panel will include State Sen. Ryan Gatti, Caddo Commission President Steven Jackson, Caddo Parish School Board Member Mary Trammel; Shreveport-Bossier Alliance for Higher Education President Dr. Johnette Magner, SUAF President Attorney Preston Castille, LSUS Professor Dr. Brian Salvatore, SUBR Professor Dr. Albert Samuels, LSUHSC Professor Dr. Michelle Arnold, and Southern Strategy Group’s Dr. Markey Pierre.

This forum will be part of a statewide day of town hall meetings and forums throughout Louisiana, organized by members from the Association of Louisiana Faculty Senates. The event involves faculty senates from more than a dozen campuses across the state, including those from the LSU, UL, and Southern University Systems holding forums concurrently.

Prior to the forum, a reception will be held at the Southern University Museum of Art from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. These events are free and open to the public.