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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

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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!

Gabe Christian-Solá 

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


Olivia Gowen 

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Senior Program Coordinator, Office of Gender & Sexual Diversity


Office of Multicultural Affairs


Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs

Brittany Young

Associate Director Graduate & Professional Students & Spiritual Life, 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