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Anneliese A. Singh named Tulane University’s first chief diversity officer

Kathryn Kao

April 24, 2020

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Anneliese A. Singh, professor and associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion in UGA’s Mary Frances Early College of Education, was recently named Tulane University’s first associate provost for diversity and faculty development. Her new appointment starts July 20.

For over a decade, Singh has overseen efforts to increase awareness of multicultural and social justice issues in the College as a professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services.

In 2016, she was named the first associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the College of Education. Under her innovative and dynamic leadership, the Office of DEI expanded the annual DEI Conference, DEI Speaker Series, and the DEI Graduate Certificate program; hosted safe spaces focused on queer and trans liberation; developed programs to support faculty and students of color; created spaces to explore issues of privilege; and worked closely with students, faculty and staff to build a strong community network of allies and advocates.

“It has been an honor and privilege to work alongside students, staff, and faculty who care deeply and are willing to act courageously to challenge injustice and build more equitable and just learning environments,” Singh said. “I feel incredibly grateful for the Mary Frances Early College of Education community. I will greatly miss dear friends and colleagues, and I can’t wait to see where equity and justice efforts continue to expand and grow in the college.”

A New Orleans native and Tulane alumna, Singh will serve as Tulane University’s chief diversity officer, leading efforts to coordinate and increase the impact of the university’s campus-wide diversity, equity and inclusion work. She will also share best practices in building diversity initiatives across campus while bringing much-needed attention to efforts focused on recruiting, supporting and retaining a diverse faculty. Additionally, Singh will join the School of Social Work as a full professor, with a joint affiliation with Tulane’s Department of Psychology.

“I am thrilled for Anneliese to have the opportunity to expand her sphere of influence in a senior administrative position at Tulane, and I am grateful for the leadership she has provided for our College’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts,” said Dean Denise A. Spangler.

As a researcher, Singh is predominately focused on the experiences and resiliency of trans people and serves as a co-principal investigator on the first National Institutes of Health-funded longitudinal, multi-site (Atlanta, New York and San Francisco) study of trans and non-binary risk, resilience and identity development. Her practice, research and advocacy are centered around racial healing, the resilience of trans and non-binary people, survivors of trauma, immigrants, South Asian survivors of child sexual abuse, social justice and empowerment training.

In 2009, Singh co-founded the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition to support LGBTQ+ students with intersecting experiences related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race and ethnicity, disability, class and other identities. A year later, she founded the Trans Resilience Project to translate her research over the last 20 years into action and liberation for trans and nonbinary people.

As a licensed counselor and psychologist in Georgia, Singh has worked on several national competencies and guideline projects for the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association (APA). She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2014 Advocacy Award from the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development; the APA’s 2017 Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Outstanding Achievement Award; the 2018 inaugural Anneliese Singh Queer and Trans People of Color Award (named in her honor) from the Association of LGBT Clients in Counseling; and more.

Singh is also the author or co-author of several books, including "Queer and Trans Resilience Workbook: Skills for Navigating Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression;” “The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism and Engage in Collective Healing;” “A Clinician’s Guide to Gender-Affirming Care: Working with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients;” and more.

The process for appointing the next associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion in the Mary Frances Early College of Education will be announced in the upcoming weeks with the goal of having the position filled by the start of fall semester.