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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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Kaleidoscope provides a safe space for people of color and/or LGBTQIA. In this RLC, students attend events and programs geared towards helping them navigate Tulane with an encouraging and understanding network behind them and along with them to connect while embracing their intersectional identities.

Every Wednesday, The O offers up free food, fellowship, and fun. Food is a powerful tool to bring people together and to make people feel comfortable. We hope to give every Tulanian a taste of New Orleans by providing food from local cafes.

At the O, we have several ways for you to find your community. One of the ways that you can find their community is through joining one of our student organizations under the Multicultural Council or the Gender and Sexuality Advisory Council. These student organizations all do incredible work on campus to create a more welcoming and vibrant Tulane community.

The purpose of the "O" Ambassadors program is to help students understand the benefits of integrating academic excellence, professional development, and intercultural competence in their lives. They serve as the blueprint for thriving in an inclusive environment on the Tulane campus.

The Annual Multicultural Leadership Retreat is an opportunity to learn more about your social identities, connect with other students, develop leadership skills, and make a positive change at Tulane.

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.

Since 1988, Tulane University has collaborated closely with partner universities in the city to host the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. This event is part of a Week for Peace program that honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a leader and social justice activist during the Civil Rights Movement.