Tulane's First Chief Diversity Officer

April 22, 2020

Dear Tulane Community,

We are happy to inform you that New Orleans native and Tulane alumna Anneliese A. Singh, a professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the College of Education at the University of Georgia, has accepted the appointment as Tulane's first Associate Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development, effective July 20. In this role, Anneliese will serve as the university’s chief diversity officer, leading efforts to coordinate and enhance our campus-wide diversity, equity and inclusion work so that it has greater impact. She will share best practices across campus and also bring much-needed attention to and support for our efforts focused particularly on recruiting, supporting and retaining a diverse faculty. Anneliese will also join our School of Social Work as a full professor, with a joint affiliation with our Department of Psychology. In addition, Anneliese will co-chair the President’s Commission on Race and Tulane Values.

Anneliese earned her bachelor’s degree in political science/environmental studies with a minor in women’s studies from Tulane in 1991. She received both her master's degree in professional counseling (2002) and her PhD in counseling psychology (2007) from Georgia State University.

Anneliese has been a professor at Georgia since 2007 and was named to her current position as assistant dean in 2016. Anneliese's research, practice and advocacy are far-reaching, and focus on translating a deep understanding of the experiences and needs of historically marginalized groups into insights on how counselors and psychologists can offer meaningful support and become effective social change agents. A prolific author, she has published over 100 articles and several books, such as Racial healing: Practical activities to help you challenge privilege, confront systemic racism and engage in collective healing (2019) and is a co-PI on the first National Institutes of Health-funded longitudinal, multi-site (Atlanta, New York, San Francisco) study of trans and non-binary risk, resilience and identity development. Anneliese has been honored with over 11 national awards for her work in social justice organizing and community-building, and currently serves as president of the Society of Counseling Psychology.

Anneliese co-founded the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition to support LGBTQ+ students at the intersection of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race/ethnicity, disability, class and other identities and experiences. She founded the Trans Resilience Project to translate her research over the last nearly 20 years on the resilience that trans and nonbinary people develop to resist discrimination and move toward liberation.

Anneliese's wife, Lauren Lukkarila, is currently an Assistant Director of the Georgia Tech University Language Institute, where she is also a lecturer and coordinates the curriculum of the Intensive English program. She will also join the Tulane faculty as a senior professor of practice in the School of Professional Advancement and work primarily with the teacher preparation program. She will spend half of her time working with the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, helping to provide professional development opportunities.

Please join us both in welcoming Anneliese and Lauren to the Tulane family. We want to thank and recognize everyone who played a role in this process. Helping to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community is central to our mission and an essential element of our excellence as a research university.

Mike Fitts

Robin Forman
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost