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Celebrating 30 Years of Multicultural Affairs

Since 1988 The Office of Multicultural Affairs has been committed to diversity at Tulane University. Founded by Carolyn Barber-Pierre, the office was initially referred to as Minority Affairs. Her leadership and strategic vision led the movement toward inclusive excellence on campus. Today she serves as the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for Multicultural Life and Director for what is affectionately referred to by students as THE O. With a small staff of committed student affairs professionals, The Office has grown to include the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity and Religious Life at Tulane.

During the 2018-2019 academic year we commemorated the founding of the Office of Multicultural Affairs with a variety of programs and special events highlighting the value and need to embrace intercultural competency, diversity, equity and inclusion in our campus community. Below are highlights and opportunities to continue celebrating and supporting OMA.

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The Kaleidoscope Residential Learning Community (RLC) is a great opportunity for first year students seeking to live, learn and explore social justice, liberation, and decolonized leadership

The Carolyn Barber Pierre Center for Intercultural Life is a space where members of the Tulane community who need a space to simply be, can come and study, eat, socialize, and connect with student leaders, the CIL staff. Drop in and learn more about leadership, self and community care, cultural identity development, social justice, and more!

While we have a small and growing staff, the Carolyn Barber Pierre Center for Intercultural Life serves the entire Tulane community. We focus on centering the needs of individuals who are often marginalized to ensure that everyone who is part of the campus community can thrive. We highlight the achievements, culture, and contributions of those who blaze the trail for diversity, inclusion, and equity on campus in in the city of New Orleans. 

CIL offers a variety of cohort based experiences, affinity group gatherings, and leadership opportunities. Consider applying to become a Community Engagement Advocate, Ambassador, Peer Mentor, or join a cultural organization or affinity group. Contact Us to learn more! 

The Annual Intercultural Leadership Retreat takes place during the Fall semester in an off-campus camp setting. The weekend is designed to develop skills that will serve students at Tulane, in New Orleans and beyond, with interactive activities designed to create an environment for individuals to explore cultural identity, share experiences and discuss the meaning of leadership within the context of a diverse society. Participants should come prepared to participate in activities by sharing views, attitudes, beliefs and experiences openly and honestly. 

The Mosaic Lounge is located on the ground floor of Warren House, beside SoHo (Weatherhead), behind Butler, and is a designated safe space for LGBTQ+ students. inside the Mosaic Lounge you will find safe sex supplies, Internet access, a TV, DVD player, movies, games, books, information, and much more.

The Relaxation Suite is located next to the Center on the first floor of the Richardson Building in the Center for Intercultural Life (Suite 105). The space is available to anyone who needs a quiet space to reflect, pray, meditate, or just be.