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New Student Orientation: Spring 2021 | Guest Speakers

  Dr. Thomas LaVeist, is the dean of Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Health Equity, Previously, he served as chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University (GWU) Milken Institute School of Public Health. He joined GWU after 25 years on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he was the William & Nancy Richardson Professor in Health Policy and founding director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions.

Dean LaVeist’s research focuses on health equity, having conducted major studies of cultural competency in healthcare, social determinants of health, and health policy analysis. He has published more than 130 articles in scientific journals, focusing on the social and behavioral factors that impact health outcomes, and has engaged in these issues through lectures and articles in major media. One of his latest projects amongst many is THE SKIN YOU’RE IN, a documentary series about racial inequalities in health that is currently in production, which he is the executive producer and narrator.

Dean LaVeist recognizes that New Orleans is a major urban center with all of the health and social problems of other communities in urban America, and says, “Louisiana, in many ways, exhibits the health and social problems of rural America. This places the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in an ideal position to work with communities to conduct research to identify solutions to longstanding health problems, working with communities to implement solutions, and training the next generation of leaders who will work to eliminate inequities in health. This work complements perfectly the school’s extraordinary work taking place around the globe, including its historic role as the nation’s leading institution for the study of tropical medicine.”

Author John Barry, wearing navy blue suit with yellow tie, slideshow in background"  

John M. Barry is a prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author whose books have won multiple awards. He is also a Tulane SPHTM adjunct professor and is the only non-scientist ever to give the National Academies of Sciences Abel Wolman Distinguished Lecture and the only non-scientist on a federal government Infectious Disease Board of Experts. John has also been involved with many policy making groups and advised the Bush and Obama administrations on pandemic preparedness and response. His voice is relied upon especially now as he continues to lend unique insights and perspectives into the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re excited he will join us to welcome you to SPHTM and provide information on how to be effective on the front lines of public health. If you want to check him out visit his website, and you won’t have any trouble finding lectures or interviews as he has been a guest on every broadcast network in the United States.

Anne-Liese Singh, Asian-American Woman, wearing floral blouse with dark outdoor background behind her  

Dr. Anneliese Singh is Tulane University’s first Associate Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development. As the university’s chief diversity officer, she leads efforts to coordinate and enhance that the university’s campus-wide diversity, equity and inclusion work to effect greater impact. Singh’s research, practice and advocacy are far-reaching, and focus on translating a deep understanding of the experiences and needs of historically marginalized groups into insights on how counselors and psychologists can offer meaningful support and become effective social change agents.

A prolific author, she has published over 100 articles and several books, such as Racial healing: Practical activities to help you challenge privilege, confront systemic racism and engage in collective healing (2019). Dr. Singh has also been honored with over 11 national awards for her work in social justice organizing and community-building. You can find more on her site and all over the web, and we’re excited for her to discuss addressing racism, health equity and social justice.

Carolyn Barber-Pierre, African American woman, headshot, wearing golden blouse with bohemian pattern   In 2019 President Mike Fitts announced the creation of The Carolyn Barber-Pierre Center for Intercultural Life in honor of Carolyn Barber-Pierre, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and the campus pioneer whose decades of dedication to the Tulane community have been instrumental in its movement toward greater inclusion. Carolyn has more than 40 years of professional experience in the field of higher education diversity and inclusion. In addition to her position as an AVP for Student Affairs, Carolyn is an adjunct professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. She served the Tulane community for 34 years and has been in her current position since 2000. You can hear more about her journey at Tulane University as she overcame challenges to bring equity, spaces, and programs to students of color and other marginalized groups. She looks forward to extending an invitation to you to visit and participate with the Carolyn Barber-Pierre Intercultural Center for Student Life. 
Eva Silvestre, PhD, smiling, wearing black dress with pink floral print, brick home front porch in background   Dr. Eva Silvestre is an assistant professor in the Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences department. She teaches courses on the social and behavioral aspects of health and Latino health. She is a current College Track Mentor, a program that assists low-income, BIPOC, and first-generation students earn their Bachelor’s degree, for the class of 2022. She is the former director of the Newcomb-Tulane College’s Center for Academic Equity. The Center serves as an academic home for BIPOC, first-generation college, low-income, DACA, Undocumented, Queer and Trans, Posse, and College Track students. She is currently leading the SPHTM’s Dean’s Anti-racism taskforce and is chairing the university senate committee on equal opportunity and institutional equity.
Lena Moses, PhD, MPH, wearing coral colored shirt with flowering plant in background   Dr. Lina Moses is Director of MPH Programs for the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine and provides school-wide coordination and leadership of the SPHTM’s MPH programs. Moses’ main objective is to prepare SPHTM students to be impactful leaders in the public health workforce across the globe. Moses’ research and practice focuses on prevention and control of emerging zoonotic diseases, infectious disease outbreak response, and implementation science. Her work prioritizes community participation in public health programs and research, as well as development of equitable research collaborations and capacity building between partners in high and low-resource settings. Moses is Tulane’s focal point for the World Health Organization’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), serves on GOARN’s Steering Committee, and leads GOARN’s Operational Research work area. Moses is also co-PI of Tulane’s program to Advance Representation in Minority Health Research (ARMHR), a training program designed to prepare young scholars from underrepresented communities for careers in health research. She is technical advisor for WHO’s COVID-19 Response since January 2020, contributing to technical and operational guidance on surveillance and contact tracing, risk communication, infection prevention and control, information management, and laboratory diagnostics.