diversity convocation


Diversity Convocation

This annual event sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs is open to the students, faculty and staff of Tulane University, as well as the general public. 

Every year, the office invites a prominent figure in our world to speak about his or her experiences as a person with a diverse background.


Save the Date

October 21, 2015

Kendall Cram, LBC 213

Tulane's Office of Multicultural Affairs to host its 16th Annual Diversity Convocation:
"Green Jobs, Not Jails": Criminal Justice + Ecology

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will bring Van Jones, a civil rights leader, former Obama White House advisor, and CNN political correspondent. He is the Founder and President of Dream Corps -- an incubator, platform and home for world-changing initiatives that empower the most vulnerable in our society. The Dream Corps three programs,#cut50, #YesWeCode, and Green For All, work to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity.

A Yale-educated attorney, Van has written two New York Times Bestsellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs, and Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives. Over the past two decades, Van has founded four thriving social enterprises, advancing solutions to some of America’s toughest economic and environmental problems. In 2009, Van worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending.Social media has become a prominent and popular tool for activism. The high potential to serve social benefits and increase opportunities to communicate quickly on a global scale allows users to access content instantly and freely. Nonetheless, does social media and "Clicktivism" really progress a movement?  What abilities and what limitations exist?  Can real action and real change come from clicking "like" or retweeting?  As blogger Danny Sriskandarajah, Director of CIVICUS put it "The 'handshake' between traditional and new forms of social activism is crucial. How well will established NGOs and social movements learn to harness cutting-edge technologies? How well will the new generation of social activists learn the lessons of past struggles and ensure that the changes they want in the world are seen through and result in genuine political empowerment?"

The Talk

The USA has only five percent f the world's population. Yet we produce: (a) about 25 percent of its greenhouse gasses and (b) about 25 percent of its prisoners. Coincidence? Van Jones doesn't think so. He sees "mass incarceration" and the "mass extinction" as twin outcomes of the same false ideology: disposability. Industrial society behaves as if we have a throwaway planet - and throwaway people, too. To reverse course, Van says we must shrink the prison system and grow the green economy.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information please call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at        504-865-5181504-865-5181.

Division of Student Affairs, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-314-2188