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Get Engaged RLC


The Get Engaged RLC is about more than just service. It is about being part of a community: a residential community, a campus community, and the New Orleans community. It is learning from community members: about ourselves, about others, and about the community needs and potential solutions. Being a part of a community means sharing interests, talents, and resources to help address these community challenges and celebrating success with other community members. Through self-reflection, workshops, field trips, and engagement activities, Get Engaged students will learn the value of, and how to create, reciprocal community relationships that lead to real social change.


HRL works in partnership with the Center for Public Service (CPS) on the Get Engaged RLC. If you have questions about the RLC content or programming, please contact Maurice Smith (, Assistant Director of Social Justice and Student Leadership in CPS.


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

  • Outreach Tulane: Outreach Tulane is a campus-wide day of service. Hosted by CACTUS (Community Action Council of Tulane University Students), it is the oldest and largest community service event at Tulane. Over 1000 students participate each year, and for many first-year students, this is the first opportunity to engage with the New Orleans community.
  • Whitney Plantation Tour: Whitney Plantation, opened in 2014, is the only plantation in Louisiana that focuses on the experiences of those enslaved there. Through museum exhibits, memorial artwork, and restored buildings and hundreds of first-person slave narratives, students gain a unique perspective on the lives of Louisiana’s enslaved people.
  • Community Partner Panels: Each year, Get Engaged participants hear from a variety of experts working in community engaged fields about social issues and their varied approaches. Past topics have included: community engagement approaches to community health, racial health disparities, and food justice.


As a member of the Get Engaged 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 Get Engaged RLC will be located in Warren 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.