To accomplish our mission, the Office of Gender & Sexual Diversity creates a welcoming environment for all individuals who are interested in developing their understanding of gender and sexuality. We serve as a hub for social, cultural, academic, and intellectual resources. We provide mentorship, academic and career development, leadership opportunities, advising, advocacy and social justice trainings, a designated lounge and meeting space, social and cultural programming, critical dialogue and engagement, and internship opportunities.
We sponsor academic lectures, panels, and workshops on gender and sexuality-related issues. We also provide campus-wide education, consultation, and workshops for faculty, staff, and students. Past programs have focused on the role of sexuality in the Civil Rights movement; the criminalization and activism of people who identify as transgender; the history of LGBTQ+ people in New Orleans; the relationship between LGBTQ+ and asexual communities; and the intersections of race and class with sexuality and gender.
We collaborate with administrators throughout the university to address issues of bias, harassment, and discrimination and to ensure that policies, facilities, and programs are inclusive of gender and sexually diverse individuals. We work with community-based organizations, artists, and other universities in New Orleans to foster a citywide culture that respects and appreciates gender and sexual diversity. We also conduct on-going campus climate assessments and evaluations of the Office and its service.