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.
Like the work of Lorde herself, the experiences combine critical analysis and love, lyricism and research, as well as struggle and collaboration (1) to address the ways in which inequity, bias, discrimination, alienation, and violence undermine our individual, collective, and planetary health and (2) to develop holistic analyses and strategies for fueling well-being, justice, and positive social change. Central to all events will be a consideration for how students, researchers, faculty, staff, and communities can create meaningful, reciprocal, accountable, and thriving relationships within the context of racism, sexism, heteronormativity, economic disparity, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and town/gown divides.
This series is sponsored by the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity, along with multiple campus collaborators such as the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, and various student organizations. If your department or organization is planning an event which would fit the parameters of Audre Lorde Days, contact the Director for the Office for Gender & Sexual Diversity- Petey Peterson at, firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss collaboration and co-sponsorship. More info at https://intercultural.tulane.edu/audrelorde
April 3, 2020
12 - 1 pm
Diboll Gallery, the Commons
Deondra Rose is Newcomb Institute's 2020 Salzer Lecturer; the annual Salzer Lecture focuses on women's experience in higher education.
Rose is an Assistant Professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Her research focuses on the feedback effects of landmark social policies on the American political landscape. In addition to U.S. public/social policy, Rose's research and teaching interests include higher education policy, American political development, political behavior, identity politics (e.g., gender, race, and socioeconomic status), and inequality.
She is the author of Citizens by Degree: Higher Education Policy and the Changing Gender Dynamics of American Citizenship, which examines the development of landmark U.S. higher education policies--including the National Defense Education Act of 1958, the Higher Education Act of 1965, and Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments--and their impact on the progress that women have made since the mid-twentieth century.
Fridays at Newcomb is a free lunch and lecture series featuring speakers across disciplines. Please help us go green by bringing your own reusable water bottle and utensils. Sponsored by Newcomb Institute.
April 4, 2020
Greer Field at Turchin Stadium
Join the Office of Title IX, Campus Health, and Tulane Athletics to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month while cheering on the Green Wave baseball team. Wear teal to show your support for sexual violence prevention and help us to Teal Out Tulane for SAAM! All students receive complimentary admission with a valid Tulane Splash Card, while seats are available.
April 14, 2020
6:30 - 8:30 pm with reception to follow
Kendall Cram, Lavin-Bernick Center
We invite all members of the campus community to this forum to hear from scholars and practitioners who conduct research, advocate for and work with communities of color to prevent and respond to sexual violence.
Panelists will explore the following:
Moderator: Samantha Francois, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Tulane University School of Social Work
Dr. Samantha Francois is an Assistant Professor at Tulane University’s School of Social Work with a specialization in adolescent development and vulnerability and resilience in African American populations. Her research interests include microsystem influences (specifically, neighborhoods and schools) on life-stage outcomes in African American youth, macrosystem influences (specifically, forms of structural, institutional, and systemic oppression) on community violence, and African American cultural assets that promote resilience. More specifically, her work examines the relationships between multi-system risk contributors and protective factors and mental health, educational, and quality of life outcomes for African Americans in urban geographies.
Panelist: Jordan West, Ph.D., Director of Diversity & Inclusion Education, George Washington University
Jordan S. West, pronouns she, her, and hers, is the Inaugural Director of Diversity & Inclusion Education at The George Washington University in the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement in the Office of the Provost. Jordan’s experience and continued research interests focus on campus climate, narrative and storytelling as a method, and how People of Color and individuals from historically marginalized identities work towards liberation while in higher education through the lens of Black Feminist Theory and Critical Race Theory.
Panelist: Mara Cristina Pacheco Alcala, Project Manager Casa de Esperanza
Mara Cristina Pacheco Alcala is a project manager with the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza. Ms. Alcala is a former director and coordinator of campus program grant initiatives at the Univ. of Puerto Rico Her areas of expertise include gender violence prevention, Title IX and Clery Act, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, dating and domestic violence, and grant management. Ms. Alcala has over 15 years of experience working in education and prevention within communities and campuses, with youth, women, law enforcement, and faculty. She has facilitated trainings nationally and has provided technical assistance to minority-serving institutions of higher education to enhance their response to gender-based violence.
Panelist: Dr. Shantoyia (Toy) Jones, PhD, Assistant Professor, Xavier University of Louisiana
Dr. Jones is a Counseling Psychology Assistant Professor. At Xavier University. She completed her doctoral internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)-Counseling Center, where she provided psychotherapy to non-traditional diverse university students. While at UIC, she completed a year-long clinical rotation at the Marjorie Kolver Center, an agency that serves survivors of political torture seeking asylum in the states. Just prior to coming to Xavier, she was a postdoctoral fellow-multicultural apprentice and staff clinician at Loyola University Maryland Counseling Center, in Baltimore, Maryland. While working as a staff clinician at Loyola, she served as a member to many campus-community initiatives such as: Take Back the Night, the Racial Justice Working Group, Loyola-SAFE Zone, the Counseling Center's Cultural Alliance Steering Committee, ALANA's Sister to Sister circle, and as the Co-Chair of the Women of Color Retreat.
Panelist: Navila Rashid, Social Worker Consultant, Heart Women & Girls
Navila Rashid is a Bangladeshi-American forensic social worker, freelance educator & trainer, and consultant working with diverse clients. Clients include government agency staff, public defenders, non-profit agencies and community members/leaders. She provides program coordination, technical assistance, and capacity building services around advocacy, social media, digital storytelling, and gender-based violence education. She co-founded “The Cathartist”, a web-based platform for victims and survivors of sexual violence, and activists to showcase their creative works as a tool of coping and healing with trauma. Navila is also featured as a survivor in the award-winning documentary, Breaking Silence, where she addresses the nuances and experiences of being a survivor of sexual violence in a Muslim and South Asian community, and the journey towards healing.
Panelist: Felicia McGinty, Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration and Planning, Rutgers University
Dr. Felicia McGinty leads and directs day-to-day, nonacademic operations of Rutgers University-New Brunswick, including space management, infrastructure development, oversight for policy development, and other critical functions that support the student experience and advance Rutgers University–New Brunswick academic, research and service mission.
6 - 7:30 pm
Financial abuse occurs in 99% of domestic abuse cases but often goes unidentified. Being equipped with basic financial literacy skills can help a person identify and overcome the tactics used to control or coerce them through their finances. Check out this workshop series hosted by Campus Health this Spring focused on budgeting, credit, and planning for the future. Dinner and raffle items will be provided at each event. Please RSVP through WaveSync at https://tulane.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/campus-health.
Sex Week will bring together the campus community and a diverse set of programming to create a week of comprehensive, queer-inclusive, culturally-situated, sex-positive sexual health events and conversations. The programming will consist of lectures, workshops, social activities, educational materials, and installations around Tulane’s campus. We hope to bring together voices from all areas of campus life to join the conversation about sexual health and pleasure. For a detailed schedule visit https://campushealth.tulane.edu/sex-week. For questions, contact Kate Kushner at email@example.com.
Shifting the Paradigm is an annual opportunity for Tulanians to come together to learn about the impact of sexual violence on our campus and communities. Campus sexual misconduct data from the past year is shared, followed by a keynote address. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend and learn how we can play our part in cultivating a culture of respect. The 2019 event took place on September 11. More details to come for the 2020 event.
The USG Annual Sexual Violence Town Hall gives students the opportunity to learn about the All In plan through an informational panel, ask questions to students and administrators in a Q&A, and interact with different resources on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response through roundtable discussions. The 2019 event took place on October 15. More details to come for the 2020 event.
Take Back the Night is an annual event to support survivors of sexual and gender violence, including sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking, and to take a stand against such violence in our community. The event normally takes place in October each year. More details to come for the 2020 Take Back the Night.