Ben Brubaker

Mailing Address:
Center for Public Service
Alcee Fortier Hall
6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

Phone: 504-862-3347
Fax: 504-862-8061


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Student Information

The Community Engagement Advocates are student leaders who are trained to facilitate intergroup dialogues around issues relating to power, privilege and identity. These interactive workshops are designed to create safe spaces for students to explore a wide range of topics race, class, gender, sexuality, able-ism, religion, and community engagement. Community Engagement Advocates are available by request to facilitate workshops for classes, service-learning courses, residence halls, student organizations and other Tulane organizations.

About the CEA Facilitators

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.


  1. Familiarity with service learning or engaged scholarship and have completed the 1st tier of the graduation requirement.
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills required.
  3. Sense of value for and ability to effectively communicate with a diverse population
  4. Ability to ask powerful questions and listen deeply to others’ experiences and opinions.
  5. Demonstrates a commitment to continuous learning and a willingness to give and receive feedback.
  6. Ability to work as a supportive and productive team member.
  7. Effective interpersonal, small group, and group conflict resolution and communication skills.
  8. Willingness to serve as a positive role model and to advocate for change.
  9. Ability to use good judgment regarding confidentiality issues.
  10. Be in good academic/disciplinary standing with the university.
  11. Maintain a 2.5 GPA.
  12. Be able to commit to one year of training and to ongoing service as a facilitator until graduation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist faculty, staff and student organizations with implementing and facilitating appropriate dialogues and workshops.
  • AMeet with faculty, student leaders, or community partners to determine issue needs, group dynamics, format, etc. prior to facilitations.
  • AAssist faculty, community partners and student organizations in implementing reflections/dialogues about diversity/inclusion in service learning or community service projects.
  • AReport to the program staff on dialogue facilitation, student participation, and community partnerships using both web-based software and written reports.
  • ABuild on a bank of workshops and add to a toolkit of ideas, activities and foundational knowledge to be used as a resource for constituents that request assistance.
  • APromote these programs and resources to campus constituents through campus outreach.
  • AParticipate in and support related special projects of the Center for Public Service, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the larger university community.
  • ASupport ongoing training and evaluation efforts within the CEA program by helping to lead workshops, give and receive feedback after workshops, and participate in trainings.

Compensation and Scheduling

CEAs-in-Training must enroll in a year-long training course that includes a 1-credit seminar in the Fall semester and a 3-credit course in the Spring.

After completing the training course and becoming certified, CEAs they receive $75 per facilitation. CEAs must facilitate at least 1-workshop per month, or 3 per semester, to remain active. CEAs are facilitate workshops based on an on-call, first-come, first-served basis, scheduled around their class schedule and availability.

Recruitment Schedule

Recruitment opens up in February of each Spring semester, with interviews taking place in March. Candidates must be nominated, then apply and participate in a selective interview process. To nominate yourself or someone you know, please fill out this nomination form.

Center for Public Service, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-862-8060