Institutions of higher education have the power to transform lives. At Tulane, this begins by making our academic community a more inclusive and supportive home for all. Diversity is a hallmark of a great university that is committed to creating a more equitable and inclusive future. This is the university Tulane aspires to be. We have made progress toward this goal in recent years, but it is clear that we must do more — much more.
After visiting the Whitney Plantation, a historic site that is located about an hour from Tulane’s School of Medicine campus, medical student RUSSELL LEDET was inspired to send a message.
This iconic photo of Ledet and his fellow Black classmates soon became a viral sensation and an international news story. “We are our ancestors’ wildest dreams,” said Ledet.
New Orleans native and Tulane alumna ANNELIESE SINGH (NC ’91) returned to her hometown to become Tulane’s first Associate Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development. Singh, whose appointment was announced on April 22, will serve as the university’s inaugural chief diversity officer, sharing best practices in building diversity across campus and bolstering efforts to recruit, support and retain a diverse faculty. In addition, she will join the School of Social Work as a full professor, with a joint affiliation with Tulane’s Department of Psychology.
“I join our Black students, faculty and staff in affirming that racism has no place at our university or in our community. In recent years, we have made progress together toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive Tulane. But, as recent events have illuminated, we must do more. We must commit to making Tulane a more inclusive and supportive home for all."
– PRESIDENT MICHAEL FITTS
In June 2020, President Fitts announced a new set of university-wide initiatives as important first steps to promote a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community that is supportive of all of its members. In October, he launched the reinvigorated and reimagined President’s Commission on Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion asking the Commission leadership team to develop “A Plan for Now.”
“A Plan for Now” provides structure and direction for initiatives already underway and identifies actions we can undertake in the coming weeks and months that will have an immediate and positive impact toward becoming a more diverse, equitable and inclusive Tulane.