Deborah Love, J.D.
Vice President, Office of Institutional Equity and Special Assistant to the President on Diversity Initiatives
Deborah Love Esq., joined Tulane University on October 1, 2004, as Tulane’s first Vice President, Office of Institutional Equity and Special Assistant to the President on Tulane’s Diversity Initiatives. Prior to her appointment at Tulane, she served as the Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equal Opportunity at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. From 1996 to 2002, Love also held the position Director, Center for Human Rights at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington. She has worked at land grant, flagship and private higher education institutions.
During her tenure at Tulane she worked enthusiastically and tirelessly to build Tulane’s first Office of Institutional Equity into a strong compliance and diversity office that supports the strategic aims of Tulane University to become a more diverse and inclusive institution supportive of all diverse faculty, students and staff. Love has conducted or overseen hundreds of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, Title IX and Americans with Disabilities Act investigations, responded to numerous Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charges and participated in EEOC mediations, handled several significant Office of Civil Rights (OCR) investigations, and successfully oversaw five major Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) audits. Love has expertise evaluating and identifying workplace and educational barriers that prevent institutions from achieving inclusive educational and workplace environments.
Love has provided advice and consultation to numerous educational institutions, profit and not-for-profit businesses and organizations on topics dealing with unconscious bias, discrimination and harassment, identifying and preventing sexual harassment, workplace conflict, developing leadership and management skills that support inclusive and equitable environments, Title IX investigations, gender equity, race relations, and cross-cultural education. She worked with and coordinated the efforts of Tulane’s Black Faculty and Staff Association to execute fundraising initiatives to support diverse students in their educational pursuits.
Love has presented numerous times at the Southeastern Region of Association of Physical Plant Administrators (SRAPPA), and at legal education programs and meetings for the Louisiana State Bar Association. Love has worked with the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity, and the Washington State Organization of Blacks in Government and the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). Love’s educational programs combine her expertise working with diverse higher education civil rights issues, her knowledge of legal and policy decisions that can impact management actions, and includes social science research and empirical data to help participants gain valuable insights into complex workplace issues.
Other professional appointments include: Director of Equal Opportunity & Regulatory Compliance Office at the University of Mississippi, 1994 to 1996; Assistant to the Dean, University of Mississippi, School of Law, 1993 to 1994. Associate at the Bonner Law Firm, Gulfport, Mississippi, 1992, Deborah’s notable accomplishments and appointments include distinguished Captain in the United States Army, Military Police Corps and Chief Administrative Officer.
Love is an alumna of Jackson State University, Jackson Mississippi. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University Of Mississippi, School of Law. She is a graduate of the United States Military Police Corps Officer Training Program. She completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Leadership Development Program and is a graduate of the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Bryn Mawr Summer Leadership Institute.