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Top row (Left to Right)

Vanessa King 

Executive Secretary 

Vanessa King is the Executive Secretary of The Office of Multicultural Affairs and is a native of New Orleans. She has worked at Tulane for over 16 years in The Division of Student Affairs. Vanessa manages the daily operations of the office and processes accounting transactions related to Accounts Payable, Payroll, Human Resources, Purchasing and The Bursar Office. When not in the office, you can catch her at the Second Line Sundays with her adorable granddaughter.

Carolyn Barber-Pierre

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

Carolyn Barber-Pierre is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Multicultural Affairs. Carolyn attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Masters of Arts in Education (‘79)  in College Student Personnel and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Findlay (’77). Carolyn has more than 40 years of professional experience in the field of higher education, diversity and inclusion and has served in her current position since 2000 during her 34 years at Tulane. Carolyn with her husband Curtis Pierre, co-founded the group, Casa Samba, a local traditional Brazilian Drum & Dance troupe that has been teaching and performing in the greater New Orleans for more than 30 years. Additionally, she is an adjunct instructor in the Dance Department. She is passionate about sports, music, dance and spending time with family.

Red Tremmel

Director, Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity

Dr. Red Tremmel is the founding director of the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity at Tulane University, where he currently teaches History and Gender & Sexuality Studies courses.Tremmel earned his doctorate in American History from the University of Chicago, where he researched pleasure cultures as significant sites of resilience and resistance for marginalized people. As the director of OGSD, Dr. Tremmel works closely with students, faculty, and staff foster a climate of respect, understanding and appreciation of diverse genders, sexualities, cultures. Each year, Dr. Tremmel offers educational workshops for hundreds of faculty, staff and students, advises student leaders; consults on gender and sexuality related matters, such as policy development and best practices, throughout the university; and programs dozens of social, cultural and academic events, such as Audre Lorde Days, Pride Month and Transgender Day of Remembrance, Resistance and Resilience. Tremmel has taught and developed the curriculum for 18 undergraduate and graduate level courses and has delivered papers at over a dozen professional conferences and gatherings in the United States and abroad. He most recently published in the award-winning anthology, Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History, eds. Leila Rupp and Susan Freeman (University of Wisconsin Press), which won a 2016 Lambda Literary Award. When not on campus, Dr. Tremmel is busy with his work as a documentary filmmaker, DJ, photographer, and installation artist. His dog is named Mr. Solomon Sniffles.

Sienna Abdulahad, M.A.Ed.

Associate Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs

Sienna Abdulahad serves as the Associate Director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She is a higher education professional with experience in Student Activities, Multicultural Programs and Services, Inclusion and Diversity, and Academic Advising. Prior to working in higher education, Mrs. Abdulahad spent seven years as an experiential and educational marketing professional developing expertise in organizational management, corporate branding, online and print communication, social media management, and ethical experiential marketing. Her passion for social justice and inclusive leadership on college campuses led her to pursue a career path working with students and colleagues to become more inclusive leaders and change campus culture. Sienna earned her B.S. in Marketing and Management from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and her M.A.Ed. in Higher Education from Virginia Tech. She is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Her favorite quote is: "There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation - veneer isn't worth anything." -George Washington Carver

Melina Calmon

Graduate Student Assistant, Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity

Melina Calmon is the graduate student assistant for the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD). She is a Ph.D. candidate in forensic anthropology at Tulane University, graduating in May 2019. Melina is originally from Brazil and moved to New Orleans in 2014. Being an international student who is also a member of queer communities makes Melina hold OGSD and OMA close to her heart. When not in the office, you can find her in the Osteology Lab at Dinwiddie Hall, or teaching a class in the Anthropology Department at Tulane. She is passionate about anything related to forensic sciences and international and humanitarian services. Her hobbies include spending time with her family and friends, running with her dog, and deciding the next trip destination.