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Changemaker RLC


The Changemaker Residential learning community brings together like-minded students who want to think differently about social and environmental problems, engage in conversations with thought leaders and practitioners of social change, and develop key changemaker skills for working with others across difference. Residents will learn from Taylor Center staff and faculty as well as community leaders. Through the TIDES course, students will engage in critical service learning with our partner Grow Dat Youth Farm.


HRL works in partnership with the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design on the Changemaker RLC. If you have questions about the RLC content or programming, please contact Samantha Fleurinor (, Senior Program Coordinator in the Taylor Center.


Below are a few examples of past programs that Changemaker RLC students have participated in through the RLC. The programs vary each year with input from RLC students, staff, and faculty.

  • VGrow Dat Youth Farm Visit: Grow Dat Youth Farm nurtures a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. Grow Dat educates and inspires youth to build tools to create personal, social and environmental change. During our visit, we’ll get a history of the land tour, lend a helping hand on the farm, and have a conversation about food justice in New Orleans.
  • CRCL Trip: Changemakers participated in the The C.R.U.S.H. Project, or Communities Restoring Urban Swamp Habitat, planting trees along the Lake Maurepas landbridge in Akers, LA and in the Central Wetlands Unit in St. Bernard Parish, LA. With support from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, this project will help restore and sustain the quality of wetlands within the Pontchartrain Basin watershed as well as facilitating the conversation about coastal restoration to local stakeholder communities.
  • Round-table Discussions: Roundtables are an opportunity for students to engage with faculty, staff, and community leaders outside of the classroom. Topics have included Mardi Gras History, sanitation rights in India, social justice through architecture, and graffiti as social activism.


As a member of the Changemaker RLC, you must take the Tulane Interdisciplinary Experience Seminary (TIDES) course that is affiliated with the RLC. The TIDES program offers first-year courses to students to promote interdisciplinary scholarship and exploration. .


The Changemaker RLC will be located in Paterson Hall for the 2020-2021 academic year.


The RLC application can be found on your Housing Portal when you apply for housing. You must fill out both a Housing Application AND an RLC Application to be considered for the RLC.