In order to foster a campus-community culture that is inclusive of all members and celebrates diversity, students, faculty, and community members must first address the long history and challenging issues within the complex culture and social structure of New Orleans.
Workshop participants will grow in their self-awareness and awareness of others through experiential activities and honest dialogue with peers. Participants will explore themes specific to the context of the group, relating to issues of power, privilege, identity, and community engagement. The CEA program aims to facilitate experiences for students that will both challenge their assumptions and ideas while supporting their growth, through productive, open and honest dialogue. The CEA program helps foster a campus culture of inclusion, equity and empathy, in order to prepare students to navigate some of society’s most pressing challenges related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Students will gain knowledge of the communities they live in and engage with during these dialogues. In addition, they will develop empathy, self-awareness and cultural competency.
In Community Engagement related workshops, participants will develop a sense of civic responsibility beyond a deficit-based or charity mind frame, developing empathy rather than sympathy for their service clients. Participants in these workshops will:
In Campus-Based dialogues, participants will explore their own identity in relation to others, share personal experiences and opinions related to power and privilege, and diver deeper into language, concepts and perceptions related to diversity, inclusion and equity. Participants in these workshops will:
Community Engagement Advocates are diverse leaders from across Tulane’s campus who are trained to facilitate intergroup dialogues and social justice workshops.
Community Engagement Advocates participate in a year-long training designed to help them understand and explore key social justice issues and facilitation methods. During the year, the training includes a variety of academic and experiential modules, covering topics such as facilitation, processing, pedagogy, race, class, gender, sexuality, New Orleans root culture and more.
Community Engagement Advocates go through a rigorous three-part certification process which includes shadowing facilitators, a content exam and mock facilitations.
The Community Engagement Advocates program is a partnership with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and supports both curricular and co-curricular programming.
The program is based around core principles, research and pedagogical methods developed and promoted by the following:
Interested in bringing a dialogue to your classroom, organization or department? Request a Community Engagement Advocate dialogue by submitting this form. Please submit all requests at least two weeks in advance.
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