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Honoring and Advancing Diversity

From celebrating pioneers on campus to engaging students in their classroom and city communities, President Fitts is dedicated to creating an environment where Tulanians collaborate with peers who represent diverse identities, ethnicities, economic classes, perspectives and cultures.


The story of Tulane would not be complete without the contributions of many important individuals from diverse backgrounds who have made a substantial and lasting impact on our university.


Embracing and honoring our diverse community makes us smarter, advances Tulane’s core mission and strengthens our position as a top-tier global research university. An institution that celebrates the experiences and contributions of all its members is one in which innovation and creativity can flourish.


Celebrating Diversity at Tulane

In 2015, President Fitts established the Presidential Commission on Race and Tulane Values to make our university a more racially-diverse, inclusive and supportive community. We are committed to building a campus that better reflects the world around us, and recognizing Tulanians who have made a meaningful impact on our campus and in their communities. This will include sharing their stories and naming programs, spaces and buildings in their honor.


Willow Residences

Dr. Deidre Dumas Labat and Reynold T. Decou Residences
The Willow Residences, currently named for the street on which they sit, will be renamed in honor of the first African-American undergraduates to earn degrees from Newcomb and Tulane, respectively: Dr. Deidre Dumas Labat (NC '66, G '69) and Reynold T. Décou, Sr.(A&S '67, A&S '79). This fall we will celebrate the courage and perseverance of these trailblazers and ensure that their contributions and legacy live on at Tulane.

Carolyn Barber-Pierre

Carolyn Barber-Pierre Center for Intercultural Life
Carolyn Barber-Pierre, will be honored as a campus pioneer and for her three decades of dedication to the Tulane community. She has been instrumental in our movement toward greater inclusion. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and The Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity, which she founded, as well as its new space in the Richardson Building, will be named the Carolyn Barber-Pierre Center for Intercultural Life. In addition to expanded facilities, the program also will receive more investments, including the addition of new staff members.

Luis Guillermo Solís

Luis Guillermo Solís Professorship
Tulane graduate and former President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís (G ’81) will have a professorship named in his honor.

Bobby Yan

Bobby Yan Lectureship
A lectureship will be named for six-time Emmy Award winner and founder of Tulane’s Asian American Student Union, Bobby Yan (TC ’95).