Join us for the 2021 Anti-Racism and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Teach-in for Tulane faculty and staff! Please note you must register for each of the following sessions listed below. We are excited to come together as a community to learn and grow with one another with the following 5 key learning goals.
1. Become Anti-Racist
2. Understand How Oppression Works
3. Know Intent vs. Impact
4. Understand Class Marginalization, Paternalism, and Patriarchy
5. Build Community and Organize Against Racism
The morning session begins with a welcome from President Michael A. Fitts and setting the purpose of the teach-in, followed by a morning keynote from Rhonda Broussard, founder of Beloved Community to ground our work in our beloved city of New Orleans. Interdisciplinary panels exploring the levels of systemic racism and how we can dismantle systemic racism in our community follow.
Our afternote keynote dialogue, introduced by Provost Robin Forman features Ibram X. Kendi, the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and How to Be an Antiracist. Following this afternoon keynote, faculty and staff join virtual lunches with affinity groups that are congruent with their identity and come back together after these lunches to debrief the learning from the day.
Registrants will have an opportunity to view "The Veil," a documentary by Tulane Junior Raven Ancar about Black student experiences at Tulane. Registrants will receive this link via email on March 29th and be able to view her documentary for 7 days (March 29-April 4).
The first 500 registrants will receive a workbook from Ibram Kendi (Be an Anti-Racist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action) and a special mask with the 5 Anti-Racist and EDI Teach-In key learning goals. These registrants will receive an email on March 29th about picking these up from the Provost's Office (200 Gibson Hall).
This year's Anti-Racism and EDI Teach-In is a "seed" for our learning over the coming year. We look forward to time with you soon!
– Anti-Racism and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Teach-In Organizing Committee (Carolyn Barber-Pierre, Paula Booke, Sienna Abdulahad, Angel Carter, Laura Osteen, Ben Brubaker, Anneliese Singh)
Tulane University and the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion strive to offer universally accessible programming. If you anticipate needing any type of reasonable accommodation to fully participate or have questions about event accessibility, please contact email@example.com. We will have closed captioning and ASL in each of the sessions.
Please register for each session you'd like to attend
Faculty and staff affinity groups are organized around a shared identity. We have many of these groups that are newly forming or revitalizing themselves. Please register for a faculty and affinity group that fits the best with an identity you personally hold. If there is an affinity group you would like to start and lead, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sienna Abdulahad serves as the Director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She brings more than a decade of experience in online, experiential, social media and print marketing to Tulane. Abdulahad earned a B.S. in Marketing and Management from Siena College and an M.A.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Virginia Tech. In 2018, she began serving as the Associate Director for Multicultural Affairs at Tulane University. She has experience working in multicultural programs and services, student activities, inclusion and diversity, and academic advising. Sienna has always been committed to excellence when working with and for students. Throughout her time in the profession, she has proposed initiatives that challenge the status quo and counter the dominant narratives in our society.
Raven Ancar (she/her/hers) is a New Orleans native, and she loves her city dearly. She is a junior at Tulane University and is pursuing a double major sociology and digital media practices with a minor in French and Africana studies. Ancar is the director, editor, and producer for her debut film titled "The Veil," which is a documentary about the Black experience here at Tulane. She is a member of Les Griots Violets (LGV), which is an anti-racism activism group that organizes around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Carolyn Barber-Pierre is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Multicultural Affairs. Carolyn has more than 40 years of professional experience in the field of higher education, diversity and inclusion and has served in her current position since 2000. Carolyn with her husband Curtis Pierre, co-founded the group, Casa Samba, a local traditional Brazilian Drum & Dance troupe that has been teaching and performing in the greater New Orleans for more than 30 years. Additionally, she is an adjunct instructor in the Dance Department.
Dr. Paula Nicole Booke is the Director of the Center for Academic Equity within Newcomb-Tulane College. The Center for Academic Equity’s mission is to provide an equitable academic environment by supporting academic success among BIPOC, first-generation college, low-income, DACA, Undocumented, Queer and Trans, Posse, and College Track students. Dr. Booke’s research traverses the politics of racial and religious identity in American life, pedagogy, and the impact of equity and inclusion practices on the undergraduate student experience.
Rhonda Broussard has been a leader in diversity and international education initiatives in New Orleans and throughout her career. Rhonda founded Beloved Community to create sustainable paths to regional economic equity. Beloved Community works at the nexus of Equity in Schools, Equity at Work, and Equity at Home. Her vision for Beloved Community is informed by her education leadership and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s goal “to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”
Ben is Program Manager for Social Justice and Student Leadership at the Tulane Center for Public Service. They are a white, non-binary, disabled poet, organizer and facilitator working at the intersections of anti-racism, disability justice and prison-industrial-complex abolition. Ben graduated from Tulane with a B.A. in Africana Studies and Philosophy, a Masters of Liberal Arts, and is now a trainer/organizer-in-training with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.
Rosalind G. Butler is the Assistant Director of the Family Business Center at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
For the past 15 years, she has worked with family-owned businesses from across the Southeast region on matters specific to family business dynamics and developed programming to address the critical issues that impact family-held companies.
Edson Cabalfin, PhD, is an educator, architect, designer, researcher, and historian. He is the newly appointed Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and is a Professor of Practice in Design Thinking and Director of the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Program in the Tulane School of Architecture. In 2017-2018, he was the Curator of the Philippine Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. In the last five years Edson has been involved in various social innovation and design thinking projects and initiatives.
Angel Carter (she/her/hers) is a Senior Admission Counselor and the Diversity & Access Coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Tulane University. Angel’s work is not only to recruit students to the university, but to also ensure that admission processes are equitable and primarily help to serve students who are historically and systematically marginalized and underrepresented within higher education. She leads the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team within Tulane Admission where they plan and implement diversity and access outreach programs and initiatives for BIPOC and first-generation students.
Michael Cunningham has a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Psychology and the undergraduate program in Africana Studies. He serves as an Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Research in Tulane University’s Office of Academic Affairs. As a developmental psychologist, Mike has a program of research that focuses on racial, ethnic, psychosocial, and socioeconomic processes that affect psychological well‐being, adjustment to chronic stressful events, and academic achievement among African American adolescents and their families. He uses mixed methods in his current research project that includes the study of gender‐specific patterns of resilience and vulnerability in urban African American participants.
Suri Duitch is the Dean of the School of Professional Advancement, a school at Tulane offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs, to a largely BIPOC student population, both in New Orleans and online. Suri’s career-long focus on access and opportunity stems from a drive to address racial and economic inequities in our society. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Columbia University, an MSW in Community Organizing from Hunter College and a Ph.D. in Urban Education from the CUNY Graduate Center.
Michael A. Fitts has served as the 15th president of Tulane University since 2014. Fitts is recognized as one of the country’s foremost legal scholars on administrative and constitutional law, particularly matters relating to separation of powers. A trademark of his scholarship, consistent with the values he later brought to his academic leadership roles, has been its interdisciplinary compass, drawing insights from political science, psychology, game theory, philosophy, economics and history in challenging conventional wisdom about legal institutions and governmental powers. Fitts also holds the position of Judge Réné H. Himel Professor of Law at Tulane Law School.
Dr. Forman was appointed Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost in September 2016. He previously served as dean of the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University. He has held faculty and administrative appointments at Rice University, and has served as an instructor at MIT and as a visiting professor at the University of Burgundy, Harvard University and the Mathematical Research Institute. Dr. Forman received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctoral degree in mathematics from Harvard University. His research, which has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, focuses on combinatorial methods in topology and geometry.
Lezlie A. Griffin is the Assistant Dean for Career Development & Diversity Initiatives at Tulane Law School and is also a 2007 graduate of the law school. Prior to joining the Tulane Law administration, Lezlie was an Assistant Dean at The University of Alabama School of Law.
She currently holds leadership positions with the National Association of Law Placement (NALP), the Sunbelt Diversity Recruitment Program, and the New Orleans Martinet Legal Society.
Dr. Deidre Hayes has been a licensed clinical social worker in New Orleans for over 20 years. Dr. Hayes has extensive experience with individuals and families, specializing in mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. Her private practice specializes in custody evaluations and individual, children and family interventions. She provides clinical supervision and guidance for social workers who serve the most vulnerable members of the community. In addition, she is the clinical consultant for the Federal Court Eastern District of Louisiana Reentry Program. At the Tulane School of Social Work, Dr. Hayes is currently the Program Manager for the Poverty and Social Justice Program and also provides trainings on Child Advocacy, Mental Health, Ethics, and Case Management.
Bennetta is the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Tulane University School of Medicine. She completed undergraduate studies at Xavier University of Louisiana earning a BS in Biology, graduate studies at LSU Health Sciences Center earning an MS in Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology, and is currently a PhD candidate in Higher Education Administration at the University of New Orleans. She is responsible for fostering an all-inclusive environment for current and prospective students, residents, faculty, and staff from traditionally underrepresented in Medicine populations.
Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial justice contributor. Kendi is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, making him the youngest ever winner of that award. He also authored three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. His newest books are Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action; and Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, co-edited with Keisha Blain, which will be out in February. In 2020, Time magazine named Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Dr. Judith M. Maxwell is a professor in the Department of Anthropology in the School of Liberal Arts. She works on discourse primarily within Mayan languages, particularly those of the K'iche'an and Q'anjob'alan families. Questions that interest her within discourse are canons for artistry, encoding of cultural constructs, mechanisms of coherence, co-reference and tracking, knowledge, and belief states, presuppositions, creating and indexing societal relationships, alignments, animacy hierarchies in relationship to syntactic and pragmatic structures, and masking. Dr. Maxwell also works with contemporary language issues: the processes of standardization, language maintenance and shift, bilingual/multicultural education, and issues of language, identity, and authenticity.
Laura Osteen serves Tulane University as the Assistant Vice President for Campus Life.
She envisions a world where everyone is enabled and empowered to create positive sustainable change and believes in the restorative power of music, a meal with loved ones, and the imperfect perfect beauty of the natural world.
Lisa D. T. Rice is an independent political strategist, passionate about democracy reform and political innovation. She is the president of the Newcomb Alumnae Association board of directors, which launched its ED&I committee in 2021.
Lisa also holds an S.M. degree in Management from the MIT Sloan School and a B.A. degree from Newcomb College (Class of 1983).
Find Lisa on Twitter: @LisaDTRice
Dr. Eva Silvestre is an assistant professor in the Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences department. She teaches courses on the social and behavioral aspects of health and Latino health. She is a current College Track Mentor and she is the former director of the Newcomb-Tulane College’s Center for Academic Equity. She is currently leading the SPHTM’s Dean’s Anti-racism taskforce and is chairing the university senate committee on equal opportunity and institutional equity.
Anneliese Singh, PhD, LPC (she/they) is a Professor and Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity/Chief Diversity Officer at Tulane University. Anneliese’s scholarship and community organizing explores racial healing, racial justice, and NIH-funded work with trans and nonbinary people, with a focus on BIPOC and young people. Anneliese is the author of The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing and The Queer and Trans Resilience Workbook.
Tiffany Smith, J.D., (she/her/hers) is the Manager of Institutional Equity within Tulane’s Office of Human Resources and Institutional Equity. Prior to joining the Tulane community, Tiffany spent ten years working in the legal community in various settings with her practice areas primarily focused on labor and employment law and other insurance defense issues. Tiffany earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.
Anneliese Singh, Carolyn Barber-Pierre, Sienna Abdulahad, Angel Carter, Laura Osteen, and Ben Brubaker