October 2, 2013 8:45 AM
Vincent Ilustre, executive director of the Tulane Center for Public Service (CPS), traveled to New Zealand in August to spread the word about the university’s public service and engagement program. Interaction with communities outside of New Orleans by Ilustre and others has forged strong relationships for Tulane University and, as in this case, helped other universities develop community engagement programs.
Ilustre found time to complete a service project in which his group salvaged aluminum siding from homes about to be demolished in Christchurch.
“Tulane is seen as a leader in public service and engagement, particularly with its public service graduation requirement,” says Ilustre. “It has become a model for other universities.” CPS receives at least 40 requests related to the public service program each year from national and international universities.
Ilustre says that his New Zealand trip proved to him, once again: “Disasters or not, universities must play a role in their communities.”
Hannah Dean is a first-year Newcomb-Tulane College student.
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