Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The A. B. Freeman School of Business shares the institutional goals of fostering an inclusive environment with respect to diverse ideas, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religions, ages, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds. We celebrate diversity in all of its forms: scholarship, teaching, community life, public engagement and many others. Together with the broader Tulane community, we are committed to making our university an equitable, inclusive and supportive home for all. We stand fully beside our students, faculty and staff of color as we strive to build a community with a caring, equitable environment for all.
In July 2021, the Freeman School announced the creation of the Albert Lepage Teaching Award for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The award will honor faculty whose teaching significantly advances the ideals of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). The school will announce the inaugural recipient in March 2022.
As part of our commitment to these goals, the Freeman School has appointed task forces and working groups to address these important issues.
Freeman School Strategy for Tomorrow Committee
This committee, formed in February 2022, is charged with advising the Dean on ways the Freeman School can advance priorities and objectives as outlined by Tulane’s Strategy for Tomorrow.
Freeman School Faculty Recruiting Inclusivity & Diversity Task Force
The Task Force’s charge was to enhance faculty inclusivity and diversity in the Freeman School by suggesting changes to extant policies, practices and processes and proposing new policies, practices and processes that support these goals. Through these measures, the school strives to increase Freeman’s attractiveness to all faculty but especially those from historically underrepresented groups. The Task Force included both undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and administrators. Read the June 2021 Task Force Report.
Graduate Student Inclusivity & Diversity Task Force
The Task Force’s charge was to enhance student inclusivity and diversity within the Freeman School’s graduate student population. Composed of faculty members, staff and current students, the Task Force developed recommendations with special emphasis on graduate admission policies, practices and processes with promise for enhancing Freeman’s attractiveness to historically underrepresented student populations. Read the June 2021 Task Force Report.
Art Inclusivity Task Force
Because art is a powerful and visible symbol of an organization’s values, the Freeman School’s Art Inclusivity Task Force was charged with reviewing the art currently on display in the school’s two facilities, the Goldring/Woldenberg Business Complex and Stewart Center CBD and developing recommendations regarding processes to ensure that artworks displayed in the buildings represent the diverse and inclusive community we are and aspire to be. Task Force members included current students, alumni, faculty and staff. Read the February 2021 Interim Report and the June 2021 Final Report.
Resources for Students
The following student groups also provide academic, networking, career and service opportunities to students at Freeman:
- Hispanic Business Council
- Tulane Black Business Student Association
- Tulane International Business Society
At the university level, students also receive support from Tulane’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity and Case Management and Victim Support Services.
To report an incident of bias, discrimination or harassment, students and employees should share their experiences at Tulane.edu/concerns. The report will be shared with university administrators in real-
time and the appropriate office will follow-up directly.
Learn more about Tulane’s university-wide initiatives through the Presidential Commission on Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.