Kaleidoscope RLC

Kaleidoscope rlc students smiling for a group photo

The Kaleidoscope RLC focuses on diversity, inclusion, and social justice through a multitude of activities. The RLC creates 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 and identify solutions to complex social problems. Kaleidoscope offers dedicated TIDES courses, cultural trips, and varied workshops.

Inspired by D. Scott Tharp's theoretical framework for designing social justice education curriculum, the Kaleidoscope experience is intended to apply a multidimensional model for developing cultural competence (Tharp, 2015). Our goal is to help students become critical thinkers who understand their attitudes, develop knowledge, and acquire skills through a comprehensive analysis of personal experiences, cultural perspectives, social interaction, and institutional systems in our society.

Campus Partner

HRL works in partnership with the The Carolyn Barber Pierre Center for Intercultural Life on the Kaleidoscope RLC. If you have questions about the RLC content or programming, please contact Petey Peterson (ppeterson@tulane.edu),, Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Program Examples

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

  • Family Dinners: One Sunday each month, Kaleidoscope residents come together to prepare a meal and recharge for the upcoming week. This is a great informal social setting to get to know each other and build community.
  • Book Club: Each semester, Kaleidoscope residents will read a book that explores current social issues. The group will meet to discuss the readings.
  • Kaleidoscope Fridays: One Friday each month, Kaleidoscope residents gather in the residence hall for monthly workshops and meals.
TIDES Courses

As a member of the Kaleidoscope 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 see the RLC application. 

Residence Hall

The Kaleidoscope RLC will be located in Warren Hall for the 2023-2024 academic year.

How to Apply

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.