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Incoming First Year Students

Things to Know about the “O”

We Offer Diverse Perspectives

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD) are committed to providing programs and services to students of color and LGBTQIA+ students at Tulane. During our orientation programs and throughout the academic year you can get information about our work, connect with resources, allies, and opportunities on campus and around New Orleans. Multicultural Student Orientation and our "O"pen Houses are a great place to start!

Attend an NSO "O"pen House Event


Multicultural Student Orientation | Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | Woldenberg Auditorium | 6:00 p.mRSVP

From the moment students and their families arrive on campus, we want you to know what support systems and resources we have in place to promote your success. With this in mind, we invite you and your parents to our annual Multicultural Student Orientation. For students, we host a session that focuses on developing strategies to promote a healthy transition to college life. You will also get to know other students in the class of 2022 as well as upper-class student leaders. We recommend that you use this time to ask questions about anything and everything Tulane during the session.
We also offer a concurrent session for parents to hear directly from campus partners in the Center for Academic Equity, Academic Advising, TUPD, and other offices. This is a great opportunity to ask questions that will position you to offer guidance when your student is making critical decisions throughout their time at Tulane. The goal of this session is to offer information that empowers you as partners in your student’s educational experience.

Mentoring Matters

At the “O” we know going to college can be both exciting and overwhelming. So we recruited amazing peer mentors to help you navigate your first year at Tulane successfully. “O” Peer Mentors can offer advice on the best classes to take, help you build your network, and point you in the right direction for new opportunities and experiences. To request a mentor, simply complete the form using the link to the right and show up to the Matching Ceremony in August. There you will be matched with a mentor who shares your interests to assist you in finding your through life at Tulane next year.

Peer Mentor Program | Application available Until July 15, 2019  Request a mentor

During the first few weeks of classes there will be a variety of programs for you to attend. We recommend requesting a Peer Mentor to help you through your first year on campus. This program matches students based on preferences such as academic interests, shared identities, and social interests such as cooking or reading. Peer mentors are trained to help students navigate the campus and access resources like grant funding, leadership development programs, on campus jobs, and tutoring. Please visit our website and request a mentor by July 15, 2019.

Join our Circle

Join the “O” listserv to connect with OGSD & OMA to learn about joining student organizations. Register below to get weekly updates during the academic year on the Diversity Convocation, Multicultural Leadership Retreat, Fall & Spring Break Trips, the International Food and Music Festival our peer mentor and ambassador programs, and so much more! 

Fall Leadership Retreat | August 30 - September 2, 2019 | Biloxi, Mississippi Register

As new students, we suggest reserving your spot for the Fall Leadership Retreat. Each year we take about 60 students to a retreat site off-campus to build meaningful relationships and step out of their comfort zone in a safe, yet bold and inclusive environment. Students typically return from the retreat with increased enthusiasm and a heightened awareness of personal development as well as human difference. We intend to spend time promoting a healthy balance during their time at Tulane, which includes self-care, dealing with conflict, leadership development and finding your community.  Space is limited and spots are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Read more from students who participated in previous years