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Changemaker RLC


The Changemaker Residential Learning Community inspires students to attain a changemaker mindset using tools such as empathy, optimism, questioning, and observation. Through increased self-reflection, campus and community awareness, and purposeful action, residents will develop their changemaking toolkit. Residents learn how to apply creative, imaginative, iterative design approaches to understand problems on campus and in their own communities. Residents will learn from Taylor Center staff and faculty as well as community leaders.


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.

  • VISIONS Retreat: For our first event, the Changemaker RLC hosts a weekend long VISIONS retreat in the fall at an off campus location. During the retreat, students build relationships and develop skills that we believe are foundational to become catalysts for positive change through a multicultural framework. For the 2019-2020 academic year, the VISIONS Retreat will be held during the weekend of September 20-22.
  • 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 a 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. For descriptions of the courses being offered in each RLC, please visit this site.


The Changemaker RLC will be located in Paterson Hall for the 2019-2020 academic year.


The RLC application will open on March 1, 2019 and 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.