The President’s Commission on Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is charged with fostering a racially equitable, inclusive and diverse environment, which is the hallmark for all great universities as well as research and learning environments. The Commission assists with identifying and implementing university-wide and school-based racial equity, diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives at Tulane. In doing so, the Commission provides feedback on existing initiatives and serves as thought partners with school and unit leaders to coalesce, improve, and/or launch new initiatives with the purpose of driving a cohesive strategy around racial equity matters forward.
Recently, the Tulane Black Student Union, in collaboration with the African American Women’s Society, the Alliance of Black Business Students, Les Griots Violets, the National Society of Black Engineers and the Tulane Loyola Black Queer Collective, sent a letter specifying the university undertake more than 70 actions to address racism. We share the goals of the demands of making Tulane a more equitable, diverse and inclusive community.
We have appointed senior administrators to examine the initiatives in the letter. Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Patrick Norton and Deputy Chief Operating Officer Shantay Bolton will address goals related to our workforce, while Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Robin Forman and Associate Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development/Chief Diversity Officer Anneliese Singh will address those related to faculty recruiting and student curriculum. Will Ferbos, associate vice president for Institutional Affairs and deputy chief of staff, meets regularly with students to discuss issues in the petition that fall outside either of these categories.