The Office for
Gender & Sexual Diversity (OGSD)
The mission of the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD) is to work with all members of Tulane University to foster a climate of respect, understanding and appreciation for diverse genders, sexualities, cultures, and histories; to encourage critical thinking about gender and sexuality; to provide support and leadership development for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, asexual, allies, (LGBTIQA) and gender non-conforming (GNC); and, to ensure an open and affirming learning environment, free of homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia, sexism, and other forms of gender- and sex-based bias and discrimination. OGSD works closely with the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) to provide educational, social, and cultural opportunities that address the ways in which gender and sexuality intersect with race, ethnicity, class, nationality, dis/ability, and religious identifications.
To accomplish our mission, we create a welcoming environment for all individuals who are interested in developing their understanding of gender and sexuality. We serve as a hub for social, cultural, academic, and intellectual resources. We provide mentorship, academic and career development, leadership opportunities, advising, advocacy and social justice trainings, a designated lounge and meeting space, social and cultural programming, critical dialogue and engagement, and internship opportunities.
We sponsor academic lectures, panels, and workshops on gender and sexuality-related issues. And, we provide campus-wide education, consultation, and workshops for faculty, staff and students. Past programs have focused on the role of sexuality in the Civil Rights movement; the criminalization and activism of people who identify as transgender; the history of LGBTIQA people in New Orleans; the relationship between LGBTIQA and asexual communities; and, the intersections of race and class with sexuality and gender.
We collaborate with administrators throughout the university to addresses issues of bias, harassment, and discrimination and to ensure that policies, facilities and programs are inclusive of gender and sexually diverse individuals. We work with community–based organizations, artists, and other universities in New Orleans to foster a citywide culture that respects and appreciates gender and sexual diversity. And, we conduct on-going campus climate assessments and evaluations of the Office and its service.
Programs & Events
This orientation, offered to students as well as their guardians and parents, introduces students to multicultural/LGBTIQA life at the university. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity ŸOffice of Multicultural Affairs ŸReligious Life).
Peer Mentoring Ambassador Program
Open to all students, this program provides students opportunities to learn from mentors who serve as resource guides, advisors, and referral agents. Although each mentoring relationship is different, there are a variety of activities for mentors and mentees. Some eat lunch together, some attend football games or performances, and others go on cultural trips together. Mentors refer mentees to campus resources when they cannot help in a situation. Also, the program offers numerous programs throughout the year such as mentoring/study groups/sessions, cultural awareness programs, celebration of seasons/traditions, and end of the year social and recognition activities. If you would like a mentor or a mentee, contact email@example.com. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity ŸOffice of Multicultural Affairs ŸReligious Life).
The O Multicultural/LGBTIQA Leadership Retreat in Biloxi, Mississippi
This annual retreat in Biloxi, Mississippi brings together incoming students and student leaders from a diverse array of organizations to build relationships across cultural differences and form a purposeful and sustainable leadership community. Through interactive activities students, faculty and staff explore cultural identity, share experiences and openly and honestly discuss the meaning of leadership within the context of a diverse and stratified society. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity ŸOffice of Multicultural Affairs ŸReligious Life).
Safe Zone Ally Program
The mission of the Safe Zone Program is to foster an open and welcoming campus for LGBTIQA-identified individuals and those questioning their gender/sexuality. After participating in a voluntary two-hour training, during which faculty, staff and students gain introductory knowledge about being an effective ally on Tulane’s campus, Safe Zone participants may choose to become part of a campus-wide network of visible and knowledgeable allies. Once familiar with the various LGBTIQA resources available on campus, you will be given an Ally sticker to place in your office or dorm so that students, faculty and staff know that you are part of a campus-wide network of allies, which supports LGBTIQA-identified individuals. You can later sign up for an additional training to become a facilitator of Safe Zone. We request that you conduct at least one per academic semester. Sponsored by the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD). Register online at: http://safezonetraining.eventbrite.com/#
Sexuality & Society Roundtable Discussion Series
This roundtable series introduces students to faculty, staff, artists, and community organizations whose work focuses on issues of sexuality. Students have the opportunity to engage with topics such as safe sex, hook-up culture, pan/poly/bisexuality, queerness, pornography, the erotic, health and pleasure, and sex work. Sponsored by the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD).
LGBTIQA History Month
Each October, the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity sponsors an event (lecture, panel, screening) that provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the history of LGBTIQA communities, cultures, and politics in New Orleans and beyond.
This annual celebration is a five-day extravaganza that focuses on LBGTIQA communities, history, and cultures. Past Pride Weeks have included films, workshops, BBQs, performances, keynote lectures, music, exhibits, Queeraoke, and drag competitions. Sponsored by the Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council (GSAC) and Office for Gender & Sexual Diversity (OGSD).
Trans* Awareness Week
This week honors the lives, cultures, and history of trans* identified people. During this week we hold a vigil to bring attention to the violence endured by trans* people, and trans women of color in particular. We also celebrate the lives and cultures of trans* identified people by hosting speakers, performers, and screenings of trans* made or trans* focused films. Sponsored by the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD).
Audre Lorde Week
Tulane University’s Audre Lorde Week is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and community members to come together to “develop tools for using human difference as a springboard for creative change.” Like the work of Lorde herself, the experiences planned for the week combine critical analysis and love, lyricism and research, as well as struggle and collaboration (1) to address the ways in which inequity, bias, discrimination, alienation, and violence undermine our individual, collective and planetary health and (2) to develop holistic analyses and strategies for fueling well-being, justice, and positive social change. Central to the week’s events will be a consideration of how students, researchers, faculty, staff, and communities can create meaningful, reciprocal, accountable, and thriving relationships within the context of racism, sexism, heteronormativity, economic disparity, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and town/gown divides. Admission to all events is free and open to the public! Sponsored by the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Anna Julia Cooper Project, and the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program.
Pride Promis a spin on the traditional prom, welcoming everyone — LGBTIQA, questioning, and allies! The event benefits BreakOUT!, a local not-for-profit organization in New Orleans that advocates for and mentors LGBT youth. Hosted by Gamma Rho Lambda, with support from the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD).
Lavender Graduation & Pinning Ceremony
During this end- of-the-year ceremony, the O recognizes LGBTIQ-identified students, students of color, and their allies for their achievements and contributions to Tulane University.Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity ŸOffice of Multicultural Affairs ŸReligious Life).
Wednesdays with the O
This weekly social, with free food, happens every Wednesday from noon-2pm in the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity Ÿ Office of Multicultural Affairs Ÿ Religious Life).Come take a mid-week break, relax, and enjoy good company and free food.Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity ŸOffice of Multicultural Affairs ŸReligious Life).
Lounge is a designated time & space, usually in the evenings, for LGBTIQA or questioning students to get together and discuss issues they are facing—or life in general. It is an informal time to take a break from studying and meet new people. Sponsored by the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD).
Intersexions is a designated time and space for LGBTIQA students of color to relax, meet one another, and discuss issues in a laidback atmosphere. Throughout the year, InterseXions will hold open events that focus on the intersections of race/sexuality/gender/class/ability/national origin. Sponsored by the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD).
Ms. Paul Tulane and Mr. Sophie Newcomb
Get your routine ready for Tulane's annual amateur drag contest, which raises money for NO/AIDS Taskforce, AND offers great prizes for the winner(s). Emceed by Blanche Debris, one of the most famous drag queens in New Orleans, this event is not to be missed. Hosted by theWELL.
Take Back the Night
Each fall semester, Tulane University joins with universities and colleges throughout New Orleans to organize Take Back the Night, a march and speak-out that has taken place since 1976. The first international Take Back The Night event occurred at The International Tribunal on Crimes against Women in Brussels, Belgium, where over 2000 women, representing 40 countries, rallied against sexual- and gender-based violence. During this year’s call to end sexual- and gender-based violence, marchers will gather in the horseshoe outside of Marquette Hall on Loyola’s main campus to hear powerful stories from survivors of sexual violence and abuse and then proceed by a candlelight march to the Qatar Ballroom on Tulane’s campus for closing ceremonies and an open microphone. The event is designed to raise awareness about sexual- and gender-based violence and to empower survivors. It is also a powerful healing ritual for those supporters of survivors.Co-sponsors at Tulane include the Newcomb College Institute (NCI), the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD), and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program (GeSS).
Whether on the uptown or downtown campus, you can expect Tulane University to be a welcoming and inclusive environment. There are four spaces, however, that serve as a hub for gender and sexual diversity on campus: The O, the Mosaic Lounge, and two Living Learning Communities: Mo’ 5 and Willows of Culture. It is from these spaces that the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD) and LGBTIQA undergraduate student organizations meet, socialize, work, study, and live.
The O is a comfortable space on the garden level of the LBC that has couches and chairs for students to drop in and relax any time. It is comprised of the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD), the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), and Religious Life. Here you will find the staff of OGSD and OMA, a living room/study area, Internet access, a TV, DVD player, movies, games, information, and a resource library. Students may also reserve the O conference room for meetings.
LGBTIQA-identified students and their allies may be particularly interested in two Living Learning Communities that are dedicated to multicultural, gender, and sexual diversity. As a residential community within the housing system, Mo’ 5 is designed to offer first-year students the experience of living in an inclusive, diverse, dynamic, and close-knit community and opportunities to grow as agents of social change. Mo’ 5 is a socially just living and learning community based on mutual respect, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sex, age, class, sexual orientation, religious preference, ability/disability and/or international status. Each member of this community is valued for their unique backgrounds, life experiences, and complex social identities. At the crossroads of diverse cultures, residents have the opportunity to learn about themselves and their peers in an atmosphere of respect and appreciation. Additionally, students develop unique knowledge bases, consciousness, and skills that enable them to effectively participate and take leadership roles in a globalizing and diverse world.
The Mosaic Lounge is located on the ground floor of Warren House, beside SOHO (Weatherhead), and is a designated safe space for LGBTIQA students. Inside the MOSAIC lounge you will find safe sex supplies, Internet access, a TV, DVD player, movies, games, books, information, and much more. Student organizations often hold meetings and study breaks here.
Living Learning Communities
The Willows of Culture House, located on the 4th floor of Willow Residences, is designed to offer upper-class students the opportunity to live and learn with other students who are interested in the interdisciplinary study of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. Throughout the year, in an informal setting, students will be introduced to scholars, community organizers and artists who draw upon gender/sexuality/race/ethnic studies to inform their work.
Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD)
Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC)
Garden Level Suite G04
29 McAlister Place
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: (504) 314-2183
Fax: (504) 862-8795
Director of The Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity
Red Vaughan Tremmel, Ph.D.
Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies and History
Phone: (504) 314-2183
Fax: (504) 862-8795
Assistant Vice-President for Student Affairs and Intercultural Life
Phone: (504) 865-5181
Fax: (504) 862-8795