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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

Senior Program Coordinator, 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.


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

Jazmine Robinson

 Senior Program Coordinator, Office of Multicultural Affairs

Jazmine Robinson is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She is originally from Long Island, New York, but resided in Atlanta, Georgia for over half her life so she is either a New York "Peach" or a Georgia "Apple". She attended Clayton State University and received her Bachelors in Business Management in Administration with a minor in Marketing. While attending the University of West Georgia she received her Masters in Professional Counseling with a concentration in College Student Affairs. With a majority of her professional experience in Orientation and transitioning new students onto college campuses, she hopes to build on this foundation and focus on the retention aspects of underrepresented student populations. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Her passion lies in service to others and helping to shape tomorrows future. She also enjoys any HGTV show,  anything Shonda Rhimes produces, and moving toward a holistic healthy lifestyle. Fun fact, music is incorporated into her life everyday and is a huge part of her self care. She is the proud aunt of a beautiful niece and a super awesome nephew.

Abi Mbaye '19

Graduate Assistant, Office of Multicultural Affairs

Abi recently received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in both Africana Studies and in English from Tulane. She will earn a master’s in the English department during the 2019-2020 academic year. Abi was the 2019 Tulane student commencement speaker and the recipient of numerous academic awards including the Tulane 34 Award. Abi is an alum of the Community Engagement Advocates peer-to-peer facilitated dialogue program at Tulane. Abi will work with OMA assisting staff with several of our signature programs and alumni engagement

Patrizia Santos '19

Graduate Assistant, Office of Multicultural Affairs

Patrizia is a graduate of Tulane. She recently won the prestigious Changemaker Catalyst Award, and received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Neuroscience. She will earn a master’s in the School of Public Health in Epidemiology.  Patrizia is an amazing leader, is an alum of Community Engagement Advocates peer-to-peer facilitated dialogue program at Tulane.  Patricia will work with the “The All In “program addressing with sexual violence prevention and students of color, (a collaboration with OMA and the Health Center).