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Get Engaged RLC

Get Engaged offers students the opportunity to reach out and build relationships with New Orleans communities through intentional, community-minded activities. Residents engage in individual volunteerism, organizational involvement, informative lectures, workshops, and forums that encourage civic engagement. 

Recognizing local communities as equal partners and valuable educators, residents of the Get Engaged RLC learn from a diverse array of campus and community experts through workshops, lectures, and forums. Students will learn how to respectfully enter and engage with communities in order to contribute to solutions for social challenges. Through regular community engagement activities, students will develop an understanding of the challenges New Orleans's communities face and develop relationships with organizations addressing these issues and ultimately mature as people and leaders.

students march in a mardi gras parade with a high school band. title reads "create the catalyst"


The Get Engaged RLC is a collaboration between Housing and Residence Life and the Center for Public Service.


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. In 2017, the affiliated courses for Get Engaged are:

  • "Celebrate NOLA: The Relationship Between Culture, Festivals and Identity" (TIDE-1075-01). Tuesdays 5:00-6:15pm. It’s been said that New Orleans has more festivals than days of the year. But what’s behind these festivals and celebrations and how do they connect to New Orleans’ rich culture and identity? In “Celebrate NOLA: The Relationship between Culture, Festivals, and Identity", students will examine how social identities are interwoven into the fabric and thread of New Orleans celebrations. From second lines to jazz funerals and food festivals to cemetery tours, participants will experience the rich culture of New Orleans while actively reflecting on their own identities and developing a deeper connection with their new home.
  • "Who Dat, Fan Up & Geaux: Sports & New Orleans" (TIDE-1090-01). Mondays 5:00-6:15pm. From the rise of social class-driven sports such as rowing and billiards to the New Orleans Saints’ heroic revival of the city post-Hurricane Katrina, sports has been as integral to the area as food, music, and Mardi Gras. Sports have made an enduring impact on the social world in which we all live. It is a taken for granted aspect of our everyday lives – whether that entails watching “Sportscenter” or noticing that every single major newspaper contains a “Sports” section that is as long if not longer than any other section. Yet there is more to sport than just what we see on a daily basis. In this course, we will explore general sports-related topics and examine actual case studies related to New Orleans’ sports scene. More than simply ‘talking sports,’ students will study issues from political, economic and social viewpoints and also gain an understanding of the rich sports heritage found here in New Orleans. Readings and discussions, field trips, and guest speakers will aid students to understand both historical accounts and modern day subjects associated with sports such as governmental involvement, public financing, and community development. Students will participate in a mandatory service learning component.


Get Engaged is in the Greenbaum Residence Hall.


You may apply for the Get Engaged 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.