An inclusive community supports an environment of equity, diversity, compassion, respect, and opportunity. We strive to make Tulane a more supportive home for all, and we must be open-hearted and willing to learn from past mistakes to build a better tomorrow. We create living, learning, and work environments where we take active steps wherever possible to reduce inequities experienced by our community members who are underrepresented and underserved. We have a shared destiny, common humanity, and a better future that we can only reach by working together. Diversity is a hallmark of a great university committed to creating a more equitable and inclusive future. This is the university Tulane aspires to be.
The recipients of the Award for Excellence in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion — selected by Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Robin Forman — were Elisabeth McMahon, Brigham Walker, Robert St. Martin Westley, and the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design, represented by Ann Yoachim, director and professor of practice; Rashidah Williams, former assistant director of operations; Jose Cotto, adjunct lecturer; Nick Jenisch, adjunct lecturer; and Emilie Taylor Welty, Favrot II professor of practice and design/build manager.
Manuel A. Ocasio of the School of Medicine and Jasper J. Privat of the Tulane Counseling Center were awarded a Center for Public Service grant of $10,000 for their project “Community Care Is Our Own Salvation: Community-Based Resilience and Healing for Trans Communities Surviving Natural Disasters in Louisiana.” The project aims to leverage and strengthen an existing partnership with a community partner, TIDAL, a trans-led coalition of community members, healthcare providers, students and teachers in the Gulf South.
Tulane Law has named one award after former Law Dean John Kramer and former Associate Dean Robert Clayton, and another for law alumnus and trailblazer Wayne Lee (L'74). A third award will honor the emerging leadership skills of a recent graduate.
Tulane launched the Mellon Foundation-sponsored Sawyer Seminar, Sites of Memory: New Orleans and Place-based Histories in the Americas, which takes New Orleans as a key case study for a broader understanding of settler-colonial, formerly slavery-fueled economies in the Americas using the theme of site-based public history and memorialization. Additional events in the Sawyer Seminar, exploring a variety of sites and themes will continue to take place in 2022.
At the official dedication of the Carolyn Barber-Pierre Center for Intercultural Life on Friday, Nov. 12, faculty and staff, students, alumni, and family and friends gathered to honor the woman who is considered to be a champion for diversity at Tulane. In her almost four decades of service to the university and its students, Assistant Vice President for Students Affairs and Intercultural Life Carolyn Barber-Pierre has touched the lives of many Tulanians.
The story of Tulane University would not be complete without the contributions of the many important people from diverse backgrounds who have made a substantial and lasting impact on our campus.
A Strategy for Tomorrow is a university-wide strategic planning process to guide our equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and anti-racism initiatives and track our progress from July 1, 2022 through July 1, 2027.