Tulane School Of Professional Advancement Announces Rodriguez As New Assistant Dean

Vanessa Rodriguez, J.D., M.A.

NEW ORLEANS – The Tulane School of Professional Advancement announced the addition of Vanessa Rodriguez, J.D., M.A. as assistant dean for student support and success at the School of Professional Advancement, Tulane University. Rodriguez will serve in this position for the New Orleans, Harahan, and Mississippi Coast campuses.

         Rodriguez joins the School of Professional Advancement leadership team after serving as director of student conduct at Tulane University since 2015. During her tenure as director, Rodriguez led the investigation and resolution of all student conduct concerns and spearheaded the revision of the Code of Student Conduct in 2017.

         Prior to her service at the University, she worked as a psychotherapist in New York City, providing individual and group counseling through a variety of non-profit organizations. In her work, she specialized in counseling clients who were HIV+, undocumented, LGBTQ+, homeless or victims of trauma. After six years of practice, Rodriguez then returned home to the South and enrolled in Tulane Law School. There she was named a member of Tulane 34 and proceeded to work as a mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New Orleans Community-Police Mediation Program before becoming the chief law clerk for Judge Pro Tempore Lynn Luker in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court.

         Rodriguez is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Panama City, Panama.

         “I hope to further nurture and develop relationships with campus and community partners on both the Mississippi Coast and in New Orleans to remove barriers to identified paths of success for Tulane School of Professional Advancement students,” said Rodriguez.

         Students at Tulane School of Professional Advancement pursue bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and certificates in a variety of industries. The program offers flexible schedules and industry-relevant classes to accommodate working adults.

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