Byron Mouton is the inaugural NewDay Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Tulane University.
October 7, 2011
For more than a decade, Dana and Stanley Day have supported ways to infuse innovation into classrooms and lecture halls at their alma mater.
Through their NewDay Foundation, Dana (NC ’80, L ’84), a member of the Board of Tulane, and Stanley (B ’80), a member of the President’s Council, fund the NewDay Social Venture Challenge, which encourages Tulane student teams to compete for seed money to execute their innovative ideas, and the NewDay Social Entrepreneurship Distinguished Speakers Series, which has welcomed 10 social innovators to campus since 2009 and continues to attract three to four speakers each year.
Now, Byron Mouton, the first NewDay Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, is taking those efforts one step further at the Tulane School of Architecture. Mouton, professor of practice and director of URBANbuild, is helping to develop an undergraduate coordinate major and sketching out a new course for Tulane students to work with communities in finding solutions to design dilemmas unique to a historic city.
“We love preservation, and we have a lot to preserve. But that doesn’t mean we have to replicate,” says Mouton.
Mouton is part of a team of Tulane faculty, students and staff pioneering efforts to stimulate social innovation in the region. As one of five newly appointed social entrepreneurship professors, Mouton says he is relishing the exposure to perspectives such as political science and public health.
“These are worlds I would typically not have access to and that’s been incredibly productive,” he says.
A New Orleans native and 1989 graduate of the architecture school, Mouton is well-known for his efforts at URBANbuild, an initiative he co-founded in 2005 to test Tulane architecture students’ design and communication skills while strengthening local neighborhoods.
The NewDay professorship has been matched by funds from the Carnegie Corporation of New York Leadership Award given to Tulane President Scott Cowen in 2009.
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