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Get Engaged RLC

Engaging with communities is more than just service. The Get Engaged RLC is about being part of a community: a residential community, a campus community, the New Orleans community. We value reciprocity in our relationship with these communities. We aspire to learn from these communities: about ourselves, others, community needs, and potential solutions to these needs. We share our interests, talents, and resources to help address community challenges and celebrate successes with other community members. 

The Get Engaged RLC, through a partnership with the Center for Public Service, supports students civic and academic development as they build relationships with campus and New Orleans communities. Through intentional, community-minded activities, students learn to respectfully enter and engage with communities and contribute to solutions for social challenges. Recognizing local communities as equal partners and valuable educators, Get Engaged residents learn from campus and community experts through field trips, dialogues, and workshops. Get Engaged also encourages students to seek out community engagement activities that support their academic, civic, and personal interests. These activities introduce students to the challenges facing New Orleans' communities and the organizations addressing these challenges.

students march in a mardi gras parade with a high school band. title reads "create the catalyst"


The Get Engaged RLC is a collaboration between Housing and Residence Life and the Center for Public Service.


All first-year students at Tulane Universities are required to take a TIDES course. Members of Residential Learning Communities have the opportunity to enroll in a TIDES course that explores the concepts and values of their community in depth. For 2018-2019 affiliated TIDES are:

  • TIDE 1075: Celebrate NOLA: The Relationship Between Culture, Festivals, and Identity - "In this city, we celebrate anything and everything." This quote, made famous by Irma Thomas, aptly describes the rich culture and identity of the city of New Orleans. Through this course, students will examine how social identities are interwoven into the fabric of New Orleans and reflect on their own social identities. Students will connect with the city of New Orleans while experiencing and reflecting on cultures, situations, and ideas that are different from their own. A field trip in the Crescent City and topics including Hurricane Katrina, Mardi Gras, festivals, and jazz funerals will allow students to foster a deeper connection with the city of New Orleans and a better understanding of both their own social identities and the many identities that are woven into the fabric of New Orleans. Campus resources to support students throughout their first year will also be explored through this course.
  • "In" or "Of" New Orleans: Blurring the Lines Between Tulane and NOLA - Congratulations - you’re officially a Tulane student!  As part of the Green Wave, you’ll be living both on the St. Charles campus and in a city whose future is as exciting and complicated as its past. In, “In” or “Of” New Orleans, students will have multiple opportunities to blur the lines between Tulane University and New Orleans, Louisiana while considering their own social identities as a member of these two communities. Through readings, guest speakers, as well as explorations of current events, festivals, and cuisine, this course will make clear what it means to be “in” AND “of” New Orleans.


Get Engaged is in the Warren Residence Hall.


You may apply for the Get Engaged RLC through the student housing application process. Your answers to some supplemental, RLC-specific questions will be evaluated by a committee. If you are accepted, you will be notified and be sent more information on the room selection and roommate process.

If you have questions about the programming and initiatives that take place in this RLC, please contact Katie Houck at If you have questions about RLC housing logistics, please contact Housing and Residence Life at