May 15, 2018
Dear Tulane Community,
The Wave of Change initiative began with a promise to find and implement the most innovative solutions to sexual violence in our community. Progress cannot be made fast enough, but our movement is gaining momentum, driven forward by the engagement of our students, our faculty and staff, and our panel of the nation’s leading experts in sexual violence prevention.
Recently participants in “Project IX: Student Design to End Sexual Assault,” a new course offered by the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, presented ten creative and thoughtful ideas to address sexual violence in our community. Throughout the semester, students developed strategies for identifying and empowering community members to change our culture from within. They envisioned public art projects to bring consent, sex positivity and healthy relationships to the forefront of campus conversations. They presented new tools to facilitate conversations with victims of sexual assault, train peer advocates and help survivors navigate the reporting process and access support services. They suggested ways to identify and empower student leaders to inspire change.
These solutions expanded our understanding of how we can better support and hold one another accountable within our community. Members of our expert panel who met Project IX students were impressed by their creativity and insight. Knowing that these ideas will have the greatest impact with the full support of the university, we plan to fund and implement many of these projects as early as the fall semester. Meanwhile, our panel of national experts is formulating their own recommendations. These, too, are inspired and informed by their conversations with our students.
As we continue taking steps toward culture change, we know that we can’t do it alone. The most impactful and effective answers will come from those who understand our community best: our students. We’ve heard ideas on changing Tulane’s culture from you through Project IX and other courses, through the Wave of Change Task Force and through brainstorming sessions around the University. We look forward to enacting these solutions with you.
Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff
Assistant Vice Provost for Title IX and Clery Compliance