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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.

Lisa Currie, MSEd, MEd

Interim Associate Director, Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity

Lisa Currie (she/hers) is the Interim Associate Director for the Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity. Lisa holds master’s degrees in College Student Development from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University. She is currently pursuing a PhD from Widener in Human Sexuality Studies with research interests around sexual minorities and reproductive justice. Lisa has worked as a student affairs professional for over twenty years, at Northwestern University, Wesleyan University, and the University of Scranton. To this point, her positions have primarily been within student-centered health promotion positions addressing sexual health, sexual violence, and alcohol and other drug prevention efforts.

LGBTQ+ student concerns have provided a common thread throughout her work as she operates from the guiding principle of striving to create a world where all people can connect with and express their sexuality with dignity and freedom. Advising peer education groups has been an additional focus throughout Lisa’s career and she has served in numerous volunteer leadership roles within the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA including as a development team member for the Certified Peer Educator training and the Advisor Academy. When she isn’t on campus or studying for her coursework, Lisa enjoys exploring the vast food and cultural offerings of New Orleans including theater, concerts, and art festivals, and getting in as much travel as possible. However, her elderly black cat, Bink, would much prefer it if Lisa stayed home 24/7 for snuggling purposes.

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 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.

Curtis Davis

Graduate Assistant, Office of Multicultural Affairs

Curtis Davis is a Pre-Doctoral Fellow on the Social Work track of Tulane University’s City, Culture, and Community program and the current Graduate Assistant within the “O". Along with experience and specialization in the forensic social work field, he utilizes mixed method approaches to aid in social justice program evaluations and development. More specifically, his work examines how the intersections of race, gender, and other demographic variables may impact the living experience of people of color.  In addition to contributing to the knowledge base of forensic social work practice, it is Curtis’ hope that he will be able to understand, develop and influence programs that assist in effective reintegration and lower recidivism rates for adjudicated youth and adults. Curtis has a Master of Social Work from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Mississippi.