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Center for Intercultural Life Staff

Vanessa King 

Executive Secretary for Intercultural Life


Vanessa King is the Executive Secretary of The Office of Multicultural Affairs and is a native of New Orleans. She has worked at Tulane for over 16 years in The Division of Student Affairs. Vanessa manages the daily operations of the office and processes accounting transactions related to Accounts Payable, Payroll, Human Resources, Purchasing and The Bursar Office. When not in the office, you can catch her at the Second Line Sundays with her adorable granddaughter.

Carolyn Barber-Pierre

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Intercultural Life


Carolyn Barber-Pierre is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Multicultural Affairs. Carolyn attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Masters of Arts in Education (‘79)  in College Student Personnel and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Findlay (’77). Carolyn has more than 40 years of professional experience in the field of higher education, diversity and inclusion and has served in her current position since 2000 during her 34 years at Tulane. Carolyn with her husband Curtis Pierre, co-founded the group, Casa Samba, a local traditional Brazilian Drum & Dance troupe that has been teaching and performing in the greater New Orleans for more than 30 years. Additionally, she is an adjunct instructor in the Dance Department. She is passionate about sports, music, dance and spending time with family.

Office of Gender & Sexual Diversity

Petey Peterson

Pronouns: they/them/theirs
Director, Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity


Petey Peterson, (they, them, theirs) is responsible for overall leadership, administrative and programmatic direction for the office of Gender & Sexual Diversity. Petey has 9 years of experience doing gender and sexuality work in higher education. Petey previously worked at Wright State University, Dayton Ohio where they served as the Director of the Office of LGBTQA Affairs. They also worked in LGBTQI Life at Vanderbilt University. Petey received a Bachelor of Science in Child, Adult and Family Services; a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, and a M. Ed in Higher Education (Student Affairs) all from Iowa State University. Petey has a wealth of knowledge and experience in gender, sexuality, and equity. They most recently served as the Advancement Coordinator and Equity Officer for the ACPA Coalition for Sexuality and Gender Identities. Petey is a Hufflepuff, Cancer, and furparent to two pups (Max & Silver). They enjoy hiking, biking, non-competitive kickball, good coffee, and now snowballs!

Renee Bradley

Assistant Director for QTBIPOC Engagement & Assessment, Office of Gender & Sexual Diversity

Before coming to Tulane, Rasheeda worked in the LGBT Resource Center at the University of Southern California as their Lead Graduate Assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Mary Baldwin College and a Master’s in Education degree in postsecondary administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California.  Rasheeda has a passion for diversity and inclusion with specific interest and research in queer women of color.


Gabe Christian-Solá 

Senior Program Coordinator, Office of Gender & Sexual Diversity


Office of Multicultural Affairs

Sienna Abdulahad, M.A.Ed.

Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs

Sienna Abdulahad serves as the Director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She brings more than a decade of experience in online, experiential, social media and print marketing to Tulane. Abdulahad earned a B.S. in Marketing and Management from Siena College and an M.A.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Virginia Tech. In 2018, she began serving as the Associate Director for Multicultural Affairs at Tulane University. She has experience working in multicultural programs and services, student activities, inclusion and diversity, and academic advising. Sienna has always been committed to excellence when working with and for students. Throughout her time in the profession, she has proposed initiatives that challenge the status quo and counter the dominant narratives in our society. Her favorite quote is: "There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation - veneer isn't worth anything." -George Washington Carver


Tyler Hodges

Associate Director Graduate & Professional Students & Spiritual Life, Office of Multicultural Affairs 

Tyler Hodges is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and has been an avid Student Affairs professional for the past 5 years. She is passionate about creating a sense of belonging and space of reprieve for students and staff of color. Tyler is in her second year of Baylor University’s Ed.D in Learning and Organizational Change doctoral program. In her free time Tyler enjoys cooking, hosting podcasts, singing karaoke and being the founder of Sister Soul Glow, a women’s empowerment organization! Her favorite quote is "Bloom Where You Are Planted!"-- Mary Engelbreit

Jason Combs

Assistant Director BIPOC Men & Masculinity, Office of Multicultural Affairs 

Tamia Toomer

Senior Program Coordinator, Office of Multicultural Affairs 

Abi Mbaye

Senior Program Coordinator Community Engagement Advocate, Office of Multicultural Affairs