About the Office of EDI

 

EDI office
EDI staff members Shelby Norman,
Danette Saylor, Eva Silvestre &
Anneliese Singh
Vision

We are building a Tulane where we practice our lived values of equity, justice, inclusion, and anti-racism with one another every day.

 

Mission

The staff of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) coordinate university-wide EDI and anti-racism efforts and collaborate with university leaders to create, implement, and evaluate programs designed to ensure every single community member can grow and thrive together. We collaboratively craft a vision for EDI that is unique to the Tulane community, and accountable to our place in New Orleans, the Gulf Region, and the world. In doing so, we engage our Tulane community in courageous conversations about the most challenging issues of our times – from the impacts of racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, classism, xenophobia, and other societal inequities and their intersections to the social change efforts we can make now and in the future. We also engage in efforts that address inequities our community members have experienced.

 

History

The Office of EDI was developed in July of 2020 in response to voices of Tulane University students, staff, faculty administration, alumni, and community members who asked for increased support and coordination attending to EDI and anti-racism progress on campus. The guiding principle of the EDI office is "Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Action." In our work, we honor that EDI work is not new on Tulane’s campus and that there have been long-time champions of equity and justice on campus who have advocated for EDI issues. Within our office, multicultural and social justice efforts are broadly defined, attending to issues of race/ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, class, first-generation students, family-building, and other salient identities and experiences for students, faculty, staff, and alumni at Tulane University.