from the dean
The Freeman School strives to educate sophisticated, engaged, innovative learners who are prepared to enhance their communities in New Orleans, nationally and around the globe. Our students are culturally aware and purpose driven to contribute to human achievement and prosperity by delivering, creating and disseminating high-impact business knowledge and by leveraging the experiences that New Orleans and Tulane provide.
To create superior educational outcomes, the classroom must be populated by a diverse student body holding a broad range of experiences and perspectives; it is only through exposure to and respect for different ideas that one can build multicultural awareness and be prepared to thrive in our rapidly changing world.
Of growing importance in the landscape of business are environmental, social and governance issues, and how we educate students to incorporate ESG considerations into business and investment strategy will impact the future of all aspects of our lives.
Ira Solomon, Dean of the Freeman School
Debra and Rick Rees Professor of Business
My Tulane experience was a microcosm of life. To put it simply, New Orleans allowed me to grow, Tulane prepared me to succeed and the Freeman School challenged me to lead.
-Carlos Wilson (MACCT ’16), senior associate, asset & wealth management, PwC
The Freeman School 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. In order to build a community with a caring, equitable environment for all, the Freeman School has launched a number of initiatives.
Freeman School Faculty Recruiting Inclusivity & Diversity Task Force
The task force’s charge is 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, which includes both undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and administrators, will report to the dean of the Freeman School no later than the end of the spring 2021 term. Read more about the Faculty Recruiting Inclusivity & Diversity Task Force.
Graduate Student Inclusivity & Diversity Task Force
The task force’s charge is 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 will develop recommendations with special emphasis on graduate admission policies, practices and processes with promise for enhancing Freeman’s attractiveness to historically underrepresented student populations. The task force will report its recommendations to the dean no later than the end of the spring 2021 term. Read more about the Graduate Student Inclusivity & Diversity Task Force.
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 is 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 include current students, alumni, faculty and staff. The task force will make its recommendations to the dean by the end of fall 2020 term. Read the February 2021 Interim Report.
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The Freeman School has deep connections to New Orleans, a diverse city with a rich culture. Through graduate externships, undergraduate service learning and other programs, Freeman creates meaningful educational experiences that take students into the community, enriching their business knowledge in a distinctive environment.
Freeman's Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation brings together scholars, inventors, investors and students to solve problems and build businesses. Their programs provide direct support for Tulanians, New Orleanians and communities across the Gulf South.
COUNT THE COSTS RESEARCH WEEKEND
This three-day event brings together researchers from across the university to develop proposals to investigate the barriers that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) experience in our society, the economic impact of those barriers and viable approaches to addressing them. At the end of the weekend, participants can use their proposals to apply for one of five research grants to be awarded from a funding pool of $100,000. Learn more about the research weekend.
LEPAGE STRATEGIC ADVISERS PROGRAM
The Lepage Strategic Advisers program connected Tulane students with small businesses affected by the pandemic. The 10-week program offered real experience to students when internships were in short supply, while providing much needed assistance for struggling entrepreneurs. The 10 strategic advisers, whose salaries were covered by the Lepage Center, worked 35 hours per week, completing tasks such as market research, communications and financial modeling. The Lepage Center also offered leadership development activities via video conference for a few hours each week. Read more.
GREATER NEW ORLEANS STARTUP REPORT
Launched in 2019, the Greater New Orleans Startup Report is an annual data gathering effort by the Lepage Center. Working with 32 community partners, including local leaders such as The Idea Village, Propeller, and Greater New Orleans, Inc., the report addresses the need for regional benchmarking for the startup and early-stage economy. The survey includes questions about hiring practices, revenue, and funds raised. Data from 2020 shed light on disparities that exist in the region in terms of access to funding and outcomes for entrepreneurs who are black, indigenous, or people of color. Read more.