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Tulane University launches Deans' Equity and Inclusion Initiative to enhance faculty diversity

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NEW ORLEANS, LA — Tulane University partnered with nine U.S. schools and colleges to found the Deans’ Equity and Inclusion Initiative.

The initiative aims to nurture a diverse population of emerging scholars focused on teaching and researching the built environment to advance socio-ecological and spatial justice, equity, and inclusion.

The Dean of Tulane School of Architecture, Iñaki Alday, said, “Our goal is to bring diverse talent to teach and research in absolute freedom, and to support them to reach excellence in their own intellectual trajectory.”

He also added, “The built environment will be more just when designed by great professionals that bring the sensibilities and needs of all our population.”

A cohort-based fellowship program becomes the cornerstone of the initiative. In addition to supporting early-career faculty who seek to engage in an academic career, the fellowship program also contributes to the pursuit of equity and inclusion in the built environment.

The program’s structure fosters a sharing of ideas and perspectives as the fellows are chosen to work in new academic settings with nine partner schools and colleges.

The nine partners who join the Deans’ Initiative are as follows:

1. Tulane School of Architecture;

2. Harvard Graduate School of Design and Harvard’s Dumbarton Oaks institute;

3. University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning;

4. University of Oregon College of Design;

5. Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP);

6. University of Southern California School of Architecture;

7. University of Texas at Arlington College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs;

8. University of Virginia School of Architecture;

9. Yale School of Architecture.

Each fellow will participate in a one- or two-year cohort, including two summer institutes, hosted at different schools each year. Additionally, each fellow is paired with an internal mentor and an external mentor during their fellowship.

The nine partner schools will choose fellows with specific attention to BIPOC and other underrepresented faculty from schools dedicated to the built environment professions and practices.

To learn more about the initiative, please visit

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