In partnership with Tulane Housing and Residence Life (HRL), Taylor oversees changemaker programming in the Changemaker Residential Learning Community (RLC).
The Changemaker Residential Learning Community inspires students to attain a changemaker mindset using tools such as empathy, optimism, questioning, and observation. Through increased self-reflection, campus and community awareness, and purposeful action, residents will develop their changemaking toolkit. Residents learn how to apply creative, imaginative, iterative design approaches to understand problems on campus and in their own communities.
Throughout the year, Changemaker residents will:
- Engage campus challenges with empathy and an apprenticeship mindset.
- Gain insights from observing and speaking with people from diverse backgrounds.
- Experience a bias to action mindset to counteract “analysis paralysis.”
- Explore ways to be more creative.
- Work collaboratively with classmates and residents.
- Reflect on how their academic interests, personal passions, and career aspirations align to make a difference in the world.
- Engage and communicate more effectively across difference.
Over the course of the year, residents will apply design thinking mindsets to become more effective Changemakers: People who use their skills, humility, expertise, gifts, and power to affirm the humanity of all people in the pursuit of a more just, sustainable, and equitable society.
All Changemaker Residents are encouraged to apply for funding and participate in programming from Taylor. Upperclass Changemaker Residents will be well-positioned for paid student leadership opportunities such as the Taylor Student Fellowship.
First-year students must sign up for TIDES courses that are offered in their residence hall and curated specifically for budding changemakers on campus.