Laurene Powell Jobs and Carlos Watson established the College Track Program in 1997 to recruit and mentor students in underserved communities from their freshman year of high school through college and beyond. The organization partners with twenty-one colleges and universities across the country, assigning mentors to assist College Track Scholars by beings their source of academic support and leadership to ensure college readiness.
Tulane became a College Track partner in 2014. College Track students on Tulane’s campus hail from New Orleans and California.
Carolyn Barber-Pierre is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Multicultural Affairs. Carolyn attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Masters of Arts in Education (‘79) in College Student Personnel and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Findlay (’77). Carolyn has more than 40 years of professional experience in the field of higher education, diversity and inclusion and has served in her current position since 2000 during her 34 years at Tulane.
Carolyn with her husband Curtis Pierre, co-founded the group, Casa Samba, a local traditional Brazilian Drum & Dance troupe that has been teaching and performing in the greater New Orleans for more than 30 years. Additionally, she is an adjunct instructor in the Dance Department. She is passionate about sports, music, dance and spending time with family.
Beginning in Fall 2021, Alessandra Bazzano will serve as the mentor to the College Track Class of 2025 students. She studies behavior and health over the life course, focusing on maternal, newborn, and child health & nutrition in low income populations, with an emphasis on context, culture, equity, and human connection. Through a concurrent appointment at the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, their scholarship explores human centered design approaches to health research.
Dr. Bazzano's expertise, gained through two decades of work in international and domestic public health, includes developing and evaluating complex health interventions, design thinking, applied anthropology, qualitative methods, and formative research.
Amy George is a first-generation college student and a double graduate of Tulane University, having earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies in 1995 and her PhD in Latin American Studies in 2004. She has been teaching in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese since 2006, returning to Tulane with the first group of Professors of Practice hired at the university immediately post-Katrina because of her passion and commitment to the redevelopment of the city of New Orleans and the university..
Professor George enjoys preparing undergraduate students to study abroad, helping students find their passion and guiding students on a path toward intellectual growth and development, including working with students on honors theses.
Brooke Grant, Ph.D., is currently a Professor of Practice in the Tulane Teacher Preparation and Certification Program. Prior to coming to Tulane, she worked in the Educational Leadership Department at the University of Wisconsin – Superior serving as an assistant professor.
Brooke's teaching career began outside of Buffalo, NY where she spent over ten years teaching middle school social studies.
When Professor Kelly Grant came to Tulane in 2001, she brought a robust professional background as an advertising copywriter, radio producer, and communications consultant, and her students benefit from her practical, experience-based approach to teaching communications. Kelly Grant’s research focuses on pedagogical practices, and she loves empowering students with the skills and confidence they need to be clear presenters and writers – even if they don’t see themselves as natural-born Hemingways.
Professor Grant’s has made the “Teacher Honor Role” seven times in addition to winning the Wisner “Professor of the Year” award in 2008. Beyond conducting research that focuses on intercultural communication in teaching, Professor Grant also serves on the Steering Committee for Freeman’s Altman Program for International Studies and Business. In addition to serving on multiple university-level committees and task forces, Professor Grant is active as a communications consultant and often presents her pedagogical research at conferences.
Monique is the Assistant Director of the Teacher Preparation and Certification Program. She earned her Bachelor’s in Science from Louisiana State. Her background includes grant writing, program management, and serving as the TPCP school liaison. She has presented at national educational conferences and has planned and hosted several local conferences and workshops.
Monique works with several university departments and local schools in order to improve student learning and teacher achievement. She has successfully piloted a summer study abroad program and continues to work with Global Studies for future educational ventures.
Dr. Eva Silvestre was born in Guatemala and moved to the US as child during the country’s civil war. She is currently a clinical assistant professor in the school of public health and works in the monitoring and evaluation of health and education programs domestically and internationally. Her educational background is in nutrition, anthropology, and public health, and she has experience with both quantitative and qualitative data collection.
Silvestre has worked in the areas of HIV prevention, treatment, and communication, reproductive health, health systems strengthening, and technology use in healthcare settings. Silvestre worked with a regional health bureau in Ethiopia to improve routine health information data quality and use. She is the principal investigator for two USAID-funded projects, MEASURE Evaluation and Data 4 Impact. She lives in New Orleans with her son.