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LOUISIANA PROMISE is a new initiative that will make a Tulane University undergraduate degree more accessible and affordable for Louisiana residents from low- and middle-income families and increase access to higher education for all students in New Orleans. Around 11 percent of Tulane’s undergraduate students come from Louisiana — Louisiana Promise will increase that number by opening access to a much wider applicant pool that reflects the diversity of New Orleans and the state. In addition, the LOUISIANA CENTER FOR COLLEGE ACCESS offers free ACT and SAT prep courses and college readiness workshops to any Louisiana student.

Collaborative Space

Carolyn Barber-Pierre in office

THE CAROLYN BARBER-PIERRE CENTER FOR INTERCULTURAL LIFE and the CENTER FOR ACADEMIC EQUITY moved into their new home in the Richardson Building on the uptown campus’s Academic Quad. The renovated space provides more areas for students to work and congregate. It is also located centrally, where students and leaders can easily collaborate with other departments and offices. Both centers support the academic needs of underrepresented students, being co-located will help to create a strong community environment.


Investigating Equity

Nora Lustig on campus

Tulane’s COMMITMENT TO EQUITY INSTITUTE (CEQ) received almost $1.2 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to assess how the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting fiscal policies have affected inequality, poverty and mobility. The project will be led by NORA LUSTIG, the Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics and CEQI’s founding director. The primary co-investigator is LUDOVICO FEOLI, research professor in the Department of Political Science and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.


Med School Changemaker

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DR. RACHEL LEVINE (M ’83), the new assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, virtually returned to her alma mater as the keynote speaker for the School of Medicine diploma ceremony on May 22, 2021.

Levine has been a trailblazer throughout her professional career, most recently by becoming the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.


“All of our initiatives have the single, urgent goal of building and sustaining an anti-racist environment and a community where all are welcomed, supported and valued – these efforts are essential for creating a world-class institution that conducts the best research, offers the best education and has the greatest positive impact on the world."



Law First

Antonio Milton headshot

ANTONIO MILTON (L ’22) of Carencro, Louisiana, became the first Black editor-in-chief of the Tulane Law Review.

Now in its 105th year, the Tulane Law Review is among the most respected of legal journals in the nation. It is fully student run and edited; the selection process to join is highly competitive. Members generally rank academically at the top of their law class.


Tackling Food Disparities

Sarah Manowitz headshot

You can find SoPA General Legal Studies student SARAH MANOWITZ serving the New Orleans community — through public policy advocacy, civil law notarizing and community organizing. However, most recently, Manowitz helped to establish the Crescent City Meal Assistance Program to assist those suffering from food insecurity as a result of the pandemic. The program quickly saw its efforts and resources magnified through strategic partnerships, ultimately distributing more than 500,000 meals throughout the region.