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Wave of Change Tulane Task Force

Our Tulane University Task Force – comprising faculty experts, staff members, graduate and undergraduate students – has worked tirelessly throughout this academic year to better understand sexual violence on our campus and develop evidence-based recommendations for how we can tackle this problem together. Co-chaired by Tania Tetlow, senior vice president and chief of staff to President Fitts, and Meredith Smith, Assistant Provost for Title IX & Clery Compliance, the more than 30-member task force was brought together early last semester to review current Tulane policies and discussing new approaches to the prevention of sexual misconduct.

Four subcommittees were established to take a deeper dive into specific areas of focus:

  • Undergraduate Sexual Misconduct Prevention: Focusing on issues impacting undergraduates; programs and approaches to prevention of sexual misconduct; issues facing students of color and LGBTQ+ identifying students; and the use of alcohol as a tool of perpetrators.
    • Derick Bugg, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation
    • Sonali Chada, Affairs Office for Kappa Alpha Theta and Director of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence for the Undergraduate Student Government
    • Jamieka Greer, Director of Academic Advising for Student Athletes and Assistant Athletics Director
    • Lindsey Greeson, Class Officer Development, Reunions, Former Director of the Well
    • Dr. Brian Johnson, Assistant Vice President for Housing and Residence Life
    • Sarah Jones (’20), Resident Advisor and Community Engagement Advocate
    • Sam Levin (’18), President of the Undergraduate Student Government
    • Sergeant Patrick Martin, Tulane University Police Department
    • Dr. Smita Ruzicka, Assistant Vice President for Campus Life
    • Caroline Scott (’18), Senator for the Undergraduate Student Government, Peer Health Educator
    • Dr. Heather Storer, Assistant Professor of Social Work
    • Dr. Red Tremmel, Administrative Assistant Professor, Multicultural Affairs
       
  • Graduate Student Sexual Misconduct Prevention: Focusing on issues impacting graduate students; programs and approaches to prevention of sexual misconduct; issues facing student of color and LGBTQ+ identifying students; and dating/domestic violence.
    • Joey Bishop, Interim Superintendent, Tulane University Police Department
    • Dr. Gretchen Clum, Associate Professor, Global Community Health & Behavioral Science
    • Nick Fears, ('19), PhD Candidate Psychology, President, Graduate and Professional Student Association, Data Analyst for 2017 Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey
    • Becki Kondkar, Professor of Practice of Law
    • Dr. Scott Tims, Assistant Vice President for Campus Health Services
    • Laura Wolford, Assistant Director of the Newcomb College Institute and Director of the Newcomb Research Center
       
  • Faculty Sexual Harassment Prevention: Focusing on issues of faculty-on-faculty harassment; faculty-on-student harassment; policies and best practices; and sexual harassment education.
    • Howard Boyd, Associate General Counsel
    • Dr. Michael Cunningham, Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies and Associate Provost
    • Dr. Dennis Kehoe, Professor of Classical Studies
    • Dr. Sally Kenney, Executive Director of the Newcomb College Institute and Professor of Political Science
    • Dr. Sarah Lindsey, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
    • Dr. Ana Lopez, Professor of Communications, School of Liberal Arts and Associate Provost
    • Margaret Martin, Law Student, Member of the Executive Board of the Public Interest Law Foundation, Women in Law Society and Graduate Assistant, Newcomb College Institute
    • Dr. Elisabeth McMahon, Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies, School of Liberal Arts
    • Meredith Smith, Assistant Provost for Title IX and Clery Compliance
    • Tania Tetlow, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff and Felder-Fayard Professor of Law
    • Erica Woodley, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Case Management & Conduct
       
  • Research & Assessment: Focusing on programmatic measurable outcomes; advancing research on the prevention of sexual misconduct; defining success; and developing a research plan for Tulane.
    • Dr. Alyssa Lederer, Assistant Professor for Global Community Health & Behavioral Science, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
    • Dr. Jessica Shedd, Assistant Provost for Assessment & Institutional Research