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Third Coast RLC


Experience New Orleans with the people who know it best. The Third Coast RLC convenes students who are curious about New Orleans and the Gulf South region to engage in dynamic place-based learning – inspired by the notion that the more students understand about where they are, the more fully they can participate in our democracy and engage in our collective destiny. Students will gain an “insider” understanding of how culture and environment intertwine in this fertile place and how their academic and professional goals can connect with the needs and interests of the surrounding community and the University.


HRL works in partnership with the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South (NOCGS) on the Third Coast RLC. If you have questions about the RLC content or programming, please Denise Frazier (, Assistant Director of NOCGS.


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

  • Tet Fest: Third Coast students attended Tet Fest, a celebration of Vietnamese New Year, where they got to see performances and try lots of Vietnamese food.
  • Map Making: Students had an in-depth discussion about space and place, while talking about New Orleans and their hometowns. They made maps of the important places in their lives, including home and Tulane’s campus.
  • Cajun Music and Dance: Cajun Dance expert Jessica Donley came to speak about the art and tradition of Cajun Dance with Third Coast RLC students.


As a member of the Third Coast 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 Third Coast RLC will be located in Sharp 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.