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Changemaker RLC

quote: "The innovation and excitement for social change on Tulane’s campus has pushed me to further embrace the ways of living as a Changemaker. Being in the Changemaker RLC has led to many opportunities encouraging discussion on current and future issues and plans on campus and around the world to create impactful change." John Alexander, Class of 2020, Changemaker Institute Participant, Design For America Student Leader

The Changemaker Residential Learning Community inspires students to use methods and mindsets of human-centered design for social impact. Residents of the Changemaker RLC learn how to apply creative, imaginative, iterative design approaches to generate fresh and relevant solutions to real problems on campus and in their own communities. 

Changemaker residents learn from solutions-oriented faculty spanning the natural sciences, humanities, engineering, and social sciences and meet with community leaders addressing social issues in New Orleans and around the world. Residents can work to create change on campus, volunteer in the community, and take leadership roles that allow them to create change from within. Residents will learn from and collaborate with Taylor Center staff and faculty—as well as other campus and community partners—to determine the type of experience they want to create together.

changemaker students march down Broadway in high heels during the 'walk a mile in her shoes' march. title reads 'find the solution'


The Changemaker RLC is a collaboration between Housing and Residence Life and the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design.


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. 


The Changemaker Community is in Paterson Hall.


You may apply for the Changemaker 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.