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February 2018: An Update on the Wave of Change

February 28, 2018

Dear Tulane Community,

In recent weeks, many students, faculty and staff have shared their thoughts on our current campus culture and what that culture could become in response to the Climate Survey. This collective reflection on our community is both inspiring and absolutely essential if we hope to make progress in ending sexual misconduct at Tulane.

We encourage all students to show their investment in the future of our community by attending the Wave of Change Working Session on March 5 at 6 p.m. in Qatar Ballroom. As President Fitts described in his last View from Gibson, the session will include the campus officials who have been leading our sexual misconduct prevention efforts, including members of the President’s Office, the Provost’s Office, Student Affairs, Campus Health, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity and TUPD. These university leaders will join students in small group discussions to hear their perspectives and concerns and generate actionable solutions to sexual misconduct on campus. Please RSVP for this event at

On March 8, we will welcome to campus Jaime Utt, a doctoral candidate from the University of Arizona, who is studying the intersections of race, education and sexual misconduct. An expert in positive sexuality, sexual misconduct prevention and building justice-centered communities, Utt will speak at 6 p.m. in Qatar Ballroom.

Throughout March and April, the Wave of Change Expert Panel will make a series of visits to campus to guide our prevention efforts through meetings with administrators and students. We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to share your insights with the nation’s leading experts in college sexual assault prevention.

Lastly, Newcomb-Tulane College is proud to announce that next year’s Reading Project for all first-year students will beBeartown by Frederick Backman, a novel about how a small town navigates a sexual assault in their community. As we seek to strengthen our community values of mutual respect and inclusion, opening conversations around sexual misconduct with our new students before they even start classes is an essential first step. We eagerly anticipate the conversations spurred by this important endeavor.

We look forward to working alongside you as we keep the issue of sexual misconduct at the forefront of campus conversation. We also continue to welcome your thoughts, ideas and feedback at

Thank you,

Tania Tetlow
Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff

Meredith Smith
Assistant Vice Provost for Title IX and Clery Compliance