Who We Are

Newcomb Institute is the largest academic Gender Equity Institute in the world, built from a women’s college and today catalyzing and guiding multi-disciplinary research and scholars focused on gender equity. 

Tagline: Research • Action • Change
                      for Gender Equity

Newcomb Institute Vision

We envision a world free of gender-based oppressions where:  

  • all individuals, across their intersecting identities and life courses, live with security, dignity, well-being, and freedom;  
  • gender equity and gender affirmation for all people are guaranteed under the law; and  
  • gender equity research and training contribute to creating more just and inclusive societies.   


Group Photo of Tulane Students, Faculty, and community meeting about Reproductive Rights


Newcomb Institute Mission 

We are an academic institute advancing research, training, and practice focused on gender equity and empowerment so all people, regardless of their social characteristics, can achieve their full potential academically, socially, professionally, and in positions of leadership. We work with students and community partners to create the next generation of gender equity scholars and leaders.  

Newcomb Institute Research Priorities

Our multidisciplinary feminist approach involves generating scholarly work, convening stakeholders, and documenting histories of people who have faced systematic gender-based marginalization. Through this work, we generate knowledge and evidence-based solutions that address the barriers faced by women, girls, and gender-diverse people and that considers how restrictive gender norms harm all people, including men and boys. In collaboration with academic institutions, policymakers, and civil society organizations we advocate for policies and practices that promote gender equity and inclusivity.  

Priority areas for research and training (2023-2028):

  • Protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights  
  • Prevention of gender-based and discriminatory violence, including intimate partner violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault, and homophobic and transphobic discrimination 
  • Strengthening feminist civic and community engagement through development of student leaders and community members as change agents


Newcomb Institute Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence at the Newcomb Institute consists of systematic and sustained efforts to create a supportive and responsive environment where students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and community members of all backgrounds and identities can contribute and thrive. We strive to proactively identify and address inequalities and celebrate the differences afforded by (but not limited to) race, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, socio-economic background, age, ability, body type, and national origin. We will be active partners and allies to other entities on campus, working to make the Tulane community more inclusive and diverse. We commit to research, teaching, and student and community engagement that is equitable and anti-oppressive.  

In response to and recognition of Newcomb College’s historical exclusion of non-white women and those who have been historically marginalized on the basis of their gender, we consider our diversity and inclusion efforts to be a crucial matter of social justice. We welcome feedback on these efforts.

Tulane Land Acknowledgement

The Choctaw, Houma, Chitimacha, Biloxi, and other Native peoples have lived on this land since time immemorial. Their identities are inextricably connected to this place. With gratitude and honor, Tulane University pays tribute to the original inhabitants of this land.

The city of New Orleans was not built upon virgin soil, but merely served as a continuation of a great indigenous trade hub known in Choctaw as Bulbancha, "the place of other tongues”. For thousands of years, people lived along the Mississippi River, and Bulbancha served as a place for diverse cultures to come together. We acknowledge the grounds of our campus and the city around us as home to numerous tribes before and after the arrival of Europeans.

The tradition of community and sharing demonstrated by indigenous peoples enabled European immigrants to survive in a foreign environment and has influenced New Orleans and southeastern culture since colonization began. From food and music to art and language, Native Americans continue to leave their mark on our city and academic community.

We recognize that as a result of broken treaties and involuntary removals, Native Americans were often forced from their lands. We remember and pay respect to the communities impacted by these actions.

Yet, the resilient voices of Native Americans are still heard and remain an inseparable part of our local culture. In that spirit, we acknowledge the indigenous nations that have lived and continue to thrive here.

Pronunciation Guide

Choctaw [chaak·taa]
Houma [how·muh]
Chitimacha [chi·tee·maa·chuh]
Tunica [too·ni·kuh]
Biloxi [buh·luhk·see]
Bulbancha [bull·ban·chah]

To learn more about the importance of our land acknowledgement, please visit: Tulane Land Acknowledgement