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Bennetta Horne, MS
Bennetta C. Horne, MS
Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs

131 South Robertson Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone 504-988-7401
Fax 504-988-6462

Bennetta is the Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She completed her undergraduate studies at Xavier University of Louisiana and her graduate work at LSU Health Sciences Center. She is responsible for fostering an all-inclusive environment for current and prospective students from traditionally underrepresented populations. These populations include not only groups who identify through race but also through religious beliefs, sexual identity, as well as other non-traditional students. The Office of Multicultural Affairs will also work to increase cultural sensitivity of the student body, faculty, and staff as well as to enhance the retention and academic success of all students.


Jorge Valentin Diaz, MA
Jorge Valentin Diaz
Senior Program Coordinator, Office of Multicultural Affairs

131 South Robertson Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone 504-988-5456

Jorge is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Central Florida. He is excited for every opportunity he has to advance initiatives around Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Tulane and the School of Medicine. He also strives to be a part of making Tulane a community where all can succeed and thrive.

Eid Dinner Hosted by Office of Multicultural Affairs


Students (T1s, T2s, and T3s), professors, attendings, fellows, and researchers attended the Dinner Party on Saturday, the 17th, in Murphy’s Leone Center for Eid. This was one of the first Eid dinners to be approved by TUSOM. Eid is the time after the month of Ramadan, during which Muslims celebrate the completion of fasting Ramadan. They enjoy visiting family, friends, and members of the community and share delicious meals and gifts to spread happiness and foster a close-knit community, whose goodness spreads far. They also start this lovely occasion by giving charity to the poor.

This dinner was graciously approved by Ms. Bennetta Horne, the Director of TUSOM’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, upon receiving the suggestion of a T1 student, Yonis Hakim. Mr. Jordan Bradford, the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Dean's Office, courteously helped the T1 student in arranging the authentic food for the event and coordinating the event to be a smooth and lovely one.

During the dinner, students and faculty of different ways of life and stages in their career development came together to build bridges and learn more about their fellow colleagues’ way of life. They also shared their colleague’s joys and meaningful moments in a celebration of inclusion and understanding. The dinner exemplified the kind sentiment of Eid of sharing blessings of delicious food with family, friends, and the community. Indeed, not only students and faculty enjoyed the authentic delicacies of this grand dinner, but also much-appreciated staff of the TUSOM community, such as the custodial services staff and the security, whose significant work is dearly valued and respected. Gratitude is a part of Ramadan and Eid, and we hope that gratitude that is due to TUSOM at large has been shown, and we are thankful for the Office of Multicultural Affairs for making this dinner possible. Eid Mubarak!

10th Annual LMSA Conference Hosted by Tulane University


This year, we held the 10th annual Latino Medical Student Association Conference, hosted at Tulane School of Medicine. Each year, we decide on a theme for the conference and this year’s theme was: “Es Tiempo de Cambiar: The importance of Diversity in Medicine”. Our conference is a 3 day conference, beginning with high school days, focused on introducing the field of medicine to high school students, through workshops, physician panels and interactive lectures. The second day was geared towards medical students, with special events that included discussions over current issues  in medicine, SIM center sessions, resident/attending panels of various specialties and more. The final day is where we elect new regional board members, through the participation of regional chapter members from the southwest region.


Every aspect of the conference went smoothly, and really could not have asked for a better turnout. There were many hands on deck from our local regional chapter members (Tulane and LSU), in addition to those who were able to make it, which included our regional board members and other regional chapter members. We were fortunate to have the support of so many residents and faculty members throughout the day, all of which helped to make the conference the success that it was. In all, we hope this conference helped to inspire high school students to pursue a career in medicine, and our pre-med and medical students in a way that will benefit their future. We also thank our residents and faculty members for their time throughout the day, and we hope that this experience will encourage them to continue on the path of mentorship.


From Bench to Bedside

Interdisciplinary approach prepares students in Tulane University School of Medicine’s Biomedical Science Graduate Program


This article appeared in the November/December 2021 issue of Diversity in Action.

JUST TWO MONTHS AGO, NEW ORLEANS WAS breaking through from Hurricane Ida. Dealing with massive power outages, Tulane University School of Medicine was back on its feet within a couple of weeks, and the rest of the city soon followed.

Described as “small but mighty” by Dr. Diane Blake, co-director of the Biomedical Science Graduate Program and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the university, rising to the occasion is a symbol of the commitment, dedication and resilience Tulane brings to its students.

The Biomedical Science Graduate Program (BMS), which Blake has run for the last six years, takes an interdisciplinary approach to graduate education and research, allowing students to customize their experiences as they move forward in their careers. Offering 18 different master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, the program offers candidates the ability to not just be collaborative and innovative, but creative. Click to read the entire "From Bench to Bedside" article as a PDF.

Fall 2019 Diversity Grand Rounds

Trust and Authenticity: Building Sustained Relationships With Our Colleagues and Those We Serve

David McIntosh, PhD, MA
Vice President, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

October 15, 2019


Tulane University School of Medicine (TUSOM) values diversity. Tulane defines diversity broadly to include: persons of color, members of the LGBTQIA community, members of diverse ethnic groups including those typically underrepresented in medicine, members of economically disadvantaged groups, and any others who bring a different perspective to the learning environment. The school of medicine believes in a rich educational experience for all students through the infusion of cultural competency, sensitivity, and attentiveness. Additionally, the school of medicine values the sum total of ideals and perspectives of all individuals engaged in and connected to the educational process. 


The vision of the TUSOM is to cultivate an environment of inclusiveness and equity for the learning community. These efforts will promote social justice throughout the medical education community, diminishing the occurrences of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or ability. This effort will generate conscientious global citizens primed to provide vital medical care to the diverse population in southeastern Louisiana and around the globe, thus advancing health equity.

Values Statements
  • We believe that diversity is a fluid, ever evolving concept.
  • We believe that examining a variety of perspectives will add value and substance to all participants in medical education.
  • We believe that medical education cannot remain stagnant and must evolve to stay relevant to trends in the population and innovation of technology in order to effectively address the needs of local, national, and global citizens.
  • We believe that emphasizing diversity will spur advocacy for the underserved.
  • We believe that enhancing engagement at the undergraduate medical student level can develop a pipeline of a diverse applicant pool of graduate medical students, residents, faculty members, and administrators.
  • We believe that enhancing diversity will enable TUSOM to remain aligned with the guiding principles and standards of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. 
  • We believe that creating a collaborative, service-minded, learning environment will diversify the community of physicians by increasing the number of traditionally underrepresented students who earn medical degrees.
  • We believe that enhancing diversity will have a direct impact on decreasing current health disparities currently existing in underserved communities as well as the effects of social determinants of health in providing healthcare to local, regional, and national communities.