Celeste Lay recently joined NTC but she’s been with Tulane since 2004. As the leader of the newly consolidated unit of Academic Affairs, Celeste is charged with enhancing the academic experience for our undergraduate students in numerous ways. She is also an Associate Professor in the political science department and completing a book this year on the democratic effects of the radical transformation of the New Orleans school system. As a first generation student, Celeste earned a B.A. in Political Science from College of Charleston, and a M.A. and PhD in Political Science from University of Maryland, College Park. The units within Academic Affairs all work to provide opportunities for students of color, first-generation students, international students and those from other marginalized groups and she recognizes the hard work of the support staff across NTC and strives to not only support their work but create a productive environment. When she’s not inspiring students, staff and faculty to change the world she’s bringing her kids to dance practice, conventions and competitions or enjoying a much earned girls night out with all the friends she’s made along her journey.
Priorities for 2019-2020
Enhance the experience of first generation students
A major review of the Honors Program with the intention to ensure that we continue to provide learning opportunities for our highest-achieving and most intellectually curious students.
Expanding and enhancing international education.
Continuing to develop new, more streamlined processes for handling honor code cases so that we uphold and reinforce academic integrity.