Tulane seeks name nominations for Hebert Hall ‘spaces’

Martha Sanchez, News Editor

Hebert Hall is the focus of a years-long debate over its namesake’s segregationist beliefs. (Ella Helmuth | Photography Editor)

Tulane University is accepting nominations for the renaming of “spaces” within Hebert Hall. The school recently said the Uptown building would retain its name after a years-long debate over the segregationist views of its namesake, F. Edward Hébert

The school also said it will place contextual facts about Hébert’s past around the building, beginning this spring. 

In an email to students and faculty on Thursday, Michael Cunningham, associate provost for graduate studies and research, and Senior Associate Dean Kelly Grant at Newcomb-Tulane College, sought nominations for individuals Tulane could honor by naming “spaces” after them in Hebert Hall. 

The goal, the email said, is to “provide recognition of the contributions of numerous individuals from underrepresented communities who have played prominent roles in Tulane’s history.”

Tulane’s Presidential Commission on Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is accepting nominations sent to [email protected] until Nov. 23. 

The group will then review submissions with Tulane students, faculty and staff, as well as the Tulane Undergraduate Assembly, the Graduate and Professional Student Association and the Multicultural Council, according to the email. 

Last year, Tulane’s Building Naming Task Force recommended the university remove the Hébert name from the building if legally possible. In September, Tulane said they would not rename the building because documentation signed by Tulane leadership at the time of Hébert’s donation requires the building to retain his name “in perpetuity.”

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