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Guiding Philosophy

In our efforts to best serve Tulane’s Community, to optimize the university’s progress in the areas of Equal Opportunity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence (D&IE), and to continue to promote zero-tolerance for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and sexual harassment, OIE is committed to strategically cultivating cross-campus collaborations to ensure key stakeholders are consulted and apprised as diversity initiatives are developed, promulgated, and enhanced.

Over the years, OIE has organized and led numerous campus-wide diversity committees, work groups, policy committees,  and provided optimal support to the Senate’s Equal Opportunity Committee, The President’s Commission on Race and Tulane’s Values, the Campus Access Group, the Center for Academic Equity, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (the “O”), the Center for Public Service (CPS), the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT), the Office of Human Resources (OHR) and many others. OIE aims to foster a more inclusive culture and community for all of Tulane’s faculty, students, staff, and alumni.

Tulane’s Office of Institutional Equity provides leadership and strategically cultivates partnerships across Tulane’s campus in support of the following:

  • Promoting Equal Employment and Educational Opportunity, including Affirmative Action Goals
  • Planning and promoting campus accessibility and accommodations
  • Developing relevant educational programs focused on teaching a wide-range of topics including Recognizing and Reducing Harmful Bias; Preventing and Reporting Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment; Promoting Effective Leadership in a Multi-Cultural World; and Cross-Cultural Communications
  • Planning and strategizing with campus partners
  • Identifying and facilitating the use of campus and external resources to support University-wide goals
  • Conducting thorough investigations into complaints of unlawful discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment, and retaliation
  • Monitoring recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, termination, and compensation policies and practices to promote compliance with Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulation
  • Serving as liaison between the University and community advocacy groups and organizations that support underrepresented groups 

Vision for the Future

OIE will continue to expand beyond legal and policy mandates to enhance community building, promote partnerships across campuses, improve its core functions and competencies, and develop and execute significant, relevant, and proactive educational programs, including providing support to departments on how to engage the D&IE Toolkit.

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