Third Coast RLC

Alligator in a marsh

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.

Campus Partner

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.

Program Examples

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.
  • Land Lost Tours: A kayak trip to Lake Maurepas and a small orientation to land loss in the Gulf South region.
  • Listening for Southern Resistance: A soundwalk along Cancer Alley with Louisiana community, faculty, and staff; a listening immersive research with several organizations and individuals resisting environmental racism. This experience contains several stops in Southeast Louisiana. 
TIDES Courses

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 see the RLC application. 

Residence Hall

The Third Coast RLC will be located in Monroe Hall for the 2022-2023 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.