At Tulane University, we understand that it is of vital importance that the greatest diversity of ideas, cultures, perspectives, and modes of inquiry be brought to bear on the issues and ideas of our day. As such, we seek to foster an academic community characterized by a multiplicity viewpoints, experiences, and cultures. To that end, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD), known together as THE O, serves as the hub of diverse cultural, social, and intellectual life at Tulane University. It is our mission to foster an open and vibrant learning environment that welcomes, respects, and appreciates the histories, traditions, and cultures of traditionally underrepresented student populations. We also address issues of bias, discrimination, and harassment—all of which negatively affect the health and well being of students and learning communities.
THE O provides students of color, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and allied students with advocacy services, mentoring, personal support, and educational, cultural, and social programming that facilitate their adjustment to the University and ability to thrive thereafter.
OMA also serves as a liaison to Tulane's religious communities, which offer students opportunities to (1) engage in on-campus spiritual pursuits through worship and community (2) increase campus-wide religious awareness and understanding, and (3) receive religious counseling.
THE O recognizes that students have multiple and intersecting identities and provide educational, social, and cultural opportunities that address the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, nationality, dis/ability, and religious identifications. Throughout the year, THE O provides educational, social, and cultural opportunities for the campus community, such as Multicultural Student Orientation, Multicultural Leadership Retreat, Diversity Convocation, Audre Lorde Week, and Pot-Luck Thanksgiving Dinner, along with speakers, events and workshops for various cultural celebrations. Partnering with other university departments and student organizations, THE Opromotes programs and events in conjunction with various student organizations that increase cultural awareness, such as: African Diaspora Week, Asian-American Awareness Week, Black Arts Festival, India Week, Islamic Awareness Week, Latin American Week, Martin Luther King, Jr. Week for Peace, National Coming Out Day, Pride Week, Take Back the Night, Transgender Day of Remembrance, the Tulane University Vietnamese Association Fair, and World AIDS Day.