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Programs & Events

The Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity, along with campus and community partners, offers a variety of programs and events throughout the academic year.

To stay current on events, subscribe to the weekly OGSD newsletter. If your department or organization is hosting an event that may be of interest to the LGBTQ+ community at Tulane, send complete details including date, time, and location along with any other helpful information such as a web link, Facebook event link, OrgSync event link, and/or graphic image to be shared in our newsletter to ogsd@tulane.edu

OGSD- and OMA-led Events

Multicultural and LGBTQ+ Orientation

This orientation is offered to students as well as their guardians and parents as fall semester begins and introduces students to multicultural and LGBTQ+ life at the university. Hosted by The O which is comprised of the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD), the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), and Religious Life. 

Ambassador Peer Mentoring Program

Open to all students, this program provides students opportunities to learn from upperclassman mentors who serve as resource guides, advisors, and referral agents. Although each mentoring relationship is different, there are a variety of activities sponsored for mentors and mentees. Some eat lunch together, some attend football games or performances, and others go on cultural trips together. Mentors refer mentees to campus resources when they cannot help in a situation. The program also offers numerous programs throughout the year such as mentoring/study groups/sessions, cultural awareness programs, celebration of seasons/traditions, and end of the year social and recognition activities. if you would like a mentor or a mentee, contact ogsd@tulane.edu. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Religious Life). 

The O Multicultural/LGBTQ+ Leadership Retreat

This annual retreat brings together incoming students and student leaders from a diverse array of organizations to build relationships across cultural differences and form a purposeful and sustainable leadership community. Through interactive activities, students, faculty, and staff explore cultural identity, share experiences, and openly and honestly discuss the meaning of leadership within the context of a diverse and stratified society. 

LGBTQ+ Hxstory & Celebration Day's (Fall)

Each October, the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity hosts an annual celebration that focuses on LGBTQ+ communities, history, and cultures. Past Pride Months have included films, workshops, BBQs, performances, keynote lectures, music, exhibits, Queeraoke, and drag competitions. Sponsored by the Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council (GSAC) and Office for Gender & Sexual Diversity (OGSD). 

Transgender Day of Remembrance & Resilience

This day in mid-November honors the lives, cultures, and history of trans identified people. We hold a vigil to bring attention to the violence endured by trans people, and trans women of color in particular. 

Audre Lorde Days (Spring)

Tulane University's Audre Lorde Days offer multiple opportunities during spring semester for students, faculty, staff, and community members to come together to "develop tools for using human difference as a springboard for creative change." These may include academic lectures, workshops, concerts, comedy, or other experiences and are held throughout spring semester. Admission to all events is always free and open to the public. View current and past events at Audre Lorde Days. If your department or organization is planning an event which would fit the parameters of Audre Lorde Days, contact ogsd@tulane.edu to discuss collaboration and co-sponsorship. 

Pride Prom

Pride Prom, which takes place every November, is a spin on the traditional prom, welcoming everyone -- LGBTQ+, questioning, and allies! The event benefits BreakOUT!, a local not-for-profit organization in New Orleans that advocates for and mentors LGBTQ+ youth. Hosted by Gamma Rho Lambda, with support from the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD).

Lavender Graduation & Pinning Ceremony

During this end-of-the-year ceremony, the O recognizes LGBTQ+-identified students, students of color, and their allies for their achievements and contributions to Tulane University. Student organizations also present awards to members of their clubs who have significantly contributed to the success of the organization. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Religious Life). 

Wednesdays with the O

This weekly social with free food happens every Wednesday when classes are in session from noon-1:00 pm on the Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC) Mezzanine. Come take a mid-week break, relax, and enjoy good company over a shared meal. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Religious Life).