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Programs & Events

The Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity, along with campus and community partners, offers a variety of programs and events throughout the academic year.

To stay current on events, subscribe to the weekly OGSD newsletter. If your department or organization is hosting an event that may be of interest to the LGBTQ+ community at Tulane, send complete details including date, time, and location along with any other helpful information such as a web link, Facebook event link, OrgSync event link, and/or graphic image to be shared in our newsletter to ogsd@tulane.edu

OGSD- and OMA-led Events

Multicultural and LGBTQ+ Orientation

This orientation is offered to students as well as their guardians and parents as fall semester begins and introduces students to multicultural and LGBTQ+ life at the university. Hosted by The O which is comprised of the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD), the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), and Religious Life. 

Ambassador Peer Mentoring Program

Open to all students, this program provides students opportunities to learn from upperclassman mentors who serve as resource guides, advisors, and referral agents. Although each mentoring relationship is different, there are a variety of activities sponsored for mentors and mentees. Some eat lunch together, some attend football games or performances, and others go on cultural trips together. Mentors refer mentees to campus resources when they cannot help in a situation. The program also offers numerous programs throughout the year such as mentoring/study groups/sessions, cultural awareness programs, celebration of seasons/traditions, and end of the year social and recognition activities. if you would like a mentor or a mentee, contact ogsd@tulane.edu. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Religious Life). 

Coffee Chats

Want to get involved or learn more about gender and sexuality events, resources, and student organizations on campus? Want to get involved, make a connection with the OGSD staff, troubleshoot a problem, learn about the diverse community on campus, or just have a chat? To chat over coffee with a member of the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity Team (professional or student staff), email ogsd@tulane.edu or call (504) 314-2183. 

The O Multicultural/LGBTQ+ Leadership Retreat

This annual retreat brings together incoming students and student leaders from a diverse array of organizations to build relationships across cultural differences and form a purposeful and sustainable leadership community. Through interactive activities, students, faculty, and staff explore cultural identity, share experiences, and openly and honestly discuss the meaning of leadership within the context of a diverse and stratified society. 

Ally Workshops

OGSD offers workshops on sexual orientation and gender identity to aid Tulane faculty, staff, and students in enhancing their abilities to serve as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. They are offered periodically throughout the year. Join the OGSD Orgsync page or like us on Facebook to see upcoming dates. 

LGBTQ+ Pride/History Month

Each October, the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity hosts an annual celebration that focuses on LGBTQ+ communities, history, and cultures. Past Pride Months have included films, workshops, BBQs, performances, keynote lectures, music, exhibits, Queeraoke, and drag competitions. Sponsored by the Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council (GSAC) and Office for Gender & Sexual Diversity (OGSD). 

Transgender Day of Remembrance & Resilience

This day in mid-November honors the lives, cultures, and history of trans identified people. We hold a vigil to bring attention to the violence endured by trans people, and trans women of color in particular. 

Audre Lorde Days

Tulane University's Audre Lorde Days offer multiple opportunities during spring semester for students, faculty, staff, and community members to come together to "develop tools for using human difference as a springboard for creative change." These may include academic lectures, workshops, concerts, comedy, or other experiences and are held throughout spring semester. Admission to all events is always free and open to the public. View current and past events at Audre Lorde Days. If your department or organization is planning an event which would fit the parameters of Audre Lorde Days, contact ogsd@tulane.edu to discuss collaboration and co-sponsorship. 

Pride Prom

Pride Prom, which takes place every November, is a spin on the traditional prom, welcoming everyone -- LGBTQ+, questioning, and allies! The event benefits BreakOUT!, a local not-for-profit organization in New Orleans that advocates for and mentors LGBTQ+ youth. Hosted by Gamma Rho Lambda, with support from the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD).

Lavender Graduation & Pinning Ceremony

During this end-of-the-year ceremony, the O recognizes LGBTQ+-identified students, students of color, and their allies for their achievements and contributions to Tulane University. Student organizations also present awards to members of their clubs who have significantly contributed to the success of the organization. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Religious Life). 

Wednesdays with the O

This weekly social with free food happens every Wednesday when classes are in session from noon-1:00 pm on the Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC) Mezzanine. Come take a mid-week break, relax, and enjoy good company over a shared meal. Hosted by the O (Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Religious Life). 

Other Events

Glam Jam Variety Show ft. Ms. Paul Tulane and Mr. Sophie Newcomb

Get your routine ready for Tulane's annual variety showcase! From dancing to drag, vocalists to ventriloquists, anything can happen! This event is not to be missed. 

Take Back the Night

Each fall semester, Tulane University joins with universities and colleges throughout New Orleans to organize Take Back the Night, a march and speak-out that has taken place since 1976. The first international Take Back the Night event occurred at The International Tribunal on Crimes against Women in Brussels, Belgium, where over 2000 women, representing 40 countries, rallied against sexual- and gender-based violence, marchers will gather in the horseshoe outside of Marquette Hall on Loyola's main campus to hear powerful stories from survivors of sexual violence and abuse and then proceed by a candlelit march to the Qatar Ballroom on Tulane's campus for closing ceremonies and an open microphone. The event is designed to raise awareness about sexual- and gender-based violence and to empower survivors. It is also a powerful healing ritual for survivors and their supporters. Co-sponsors at Tulane include the Newcomb College Institute (NCI), the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD), and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program (GeSS).

Fridays at Newcomb

This free lunchtime lecture series, sponsored by the Newcomb College Institute, features faculty members community members, alumnae, students, and visiting professors, across disciplines and professions, who share their research, internship experiences, and career tips. Students, staff, and faculty can engage with speakers in question-and-answer sessions following the talks. Fridays at Newcomb is held at noon most Fridays throughout the academic year in the Anna Many Lounge in the Caroline Richardson Building. For more information, email newcombleads@tulane.edu. Sponsored by the Newcomb College Institute (NCI).

Newcomb Film Series

The Newcomb Film Series is a collaborative project that is intended to provide students, faculty, staff, and community members the opportunity to see feminist films that are not traditionally screened in theaters. Each film screening features presentations by outside experts, filmmakers, directors, or faculty with discussions related to the theme of the movie to add to the viewing experience. Sponsored by the Newcomb College Institute (NCI).

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Each year during the fall semester, Tulane University students put on a production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Still showing four decades after its original release, the musical comedy horror show has the longest-running theatrical release in film history. Part film, part performance, the show is a humorous tribute to b-movies and science fiction from the late 1940s-1970s. The organizers write, "This live show is a long-standing Tulane tradition, so be sure to show up early to get a good seat! As usual, it's gonna be epic!"

Hers, Theirs, Ours (FKA The Vagina Monologues)

Each year during the spring semester, Tulane University students put on a production of Hers, Theirs, Ours, with a cast of over 145. Hers, Theirs, Ours is Tulane University's fully original production that replaced The Vagina Monologues in 2016! We hope to create conversation about what it means to experience gender-based violence as women and non-binary & gender non-conforming folks, to open up this conversation to those who have been denied access to the Vagina Monologues community on basis of gender, and to acknowledge that all experiences of gendered expression cannot and should not be homogenized across class, race, ability, and various other identities.

The Vagina Monologues community was a vital part of Tulane's community for many years and the space created a safety for many women to come together and share their experiences. However, we feel that this space was exclusive to cis women only and as a community decided that it was time for a change. We do not wish to discount the validity of the original Vagina Monologues, which was empowering and revolutionary for thousands of women. Tulane is ready for a new production that speaks our truths. HTO is still a V-Day production under the name One Billion Rising, which is a campaign started by Eve Ensler in 2012 and has become the largest global movement to end gender-based violence. The name roots from the statistic that one in three women are raped or face gender-based violence. That is one billion women on this planet. The goal is to eradicate these acts and say fuck you to this injustice! To clarify, this space is NOT restricted to cisgender women, but we hope to open it up to anyone who identifies as a woman or non-binary and gender non-conforming.