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Kaleidoscope RLC

students laugh and smile in conversation. quote reads "Kaleidoscope provides a safe space for people of color  and/or LGBTQIA. In this RLC, students attend events  and programs geared toward helping them navigate  Tulane with an encouraging and understanding  network behind them, along them to connect while  embracing their intersectional identities.”  Lex Bourguignon, Class of 2018

The vision for Kaleidoscope is to train a diverse group of talented students to serve as a catalyst to effect change across campus. By fostering a sense of well-being, belonging, and respect for each other across difference (such as culture, sex, gender identity, class, religion, ability, race, sexuality, and nationality), Kaleidoscope residents strive to understand the many forms of difference and their effect. 

The Kaleidoscope RLC will create an incubator to explore intellectual thought, identities and values through intentional conversations, experiences and programs. These will serve as a foundation for students from diverse backgrounds to develop consensus solutions to complex social problems. Kaleidoscope offers two dedicated TIDES courses, cultural trips, and varied workshops.

students talk together, sitting in chairs. title reads "examine the world"


The Kaleidoscope RLC is a collaboration between Housing and Residence Life and The Office of Multicultural Affairs.


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, the affiliated TIDES course is:

  • TIDE 1983: Becoming Woke in an "Us vs. Them" Society - Black vs. White. Citizen vs. Immigrant. Transgender vs. Cisgender. Christian vs. Muslim. Gay vs. Straight.  The list goes on. In recent years, the United States has become increasingly polarized. The most interesting and exciting aspects of human diversity are set against one another, in rigid opposing binaries.  Through interactive workshops, cultural trips, discussions of texts and films, writing reflections, and guest speakers, this seminar will serve as an incubator for students from diverse backgrounds to develop their understanding of the complexities of cultures, identities, and power dynamics.  We will simultaneously explore everyday practices for world building beyond "Us. Vs. Them."


The Kaleidoscope Residential Learning Community is in the Paterson Residence Hall. The Kaleidoscope floor in Paterson has a gender inclusive common bathroom and will have gender inclusive housing available on the floor. If other living/bathroom accommodations are needed, please contact the HRL office.


You may apply for the Kaleidoscope 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 Sienna Abdulahad at If you have questions about RLC housing logistics, please contact Housing & Residence Life at