The story of Tulane University would not be complete without the contributions of many important people from diverse backgrounds who have made a substantial and lasting impact on our campus. The Committee on Campus Recognition, in an ongoing, campuswide effort to recognize those individuals, solicited nominations of Tulanians who have made our university what it is today. In April, President Mike Fitts announced an exciting new initiative to honor the first five of these Tulanians.
This effort began with the announcement of the intent to name prominent campus locations and programs after pioneering alumni and other Tulanians who led the way in the university becoming a more inclusive, diverse and welcoming community.
The Board of Tulane approved naming Willow Residences, currently designated for the street on which they sit, in honor of the first African American undergraduates to earn degrees from Newcomb and Tulane, respectively: Deidre Dumas Labat (NC ’66, G ’69) and Reynold T. Décou (A&S ’67, ’79).
Over the course of the academic year, the university will celebrate these new designations with special ceremonies and celebrations while recognizing many other great Tulanians, including Bobby Yan (TC ’95), a six-time Emmy Award winner and the founder of Tulane’s Asian American Student Union, for whom the Bobby Yan Lecture in Media and Social Change will be named; and Luis Guillermo Solís (G ’81), for whom a professorship will be named.