Dear Friends,  

At first, Tulane’s experience with public service could best be described as “give and take.” Following Katrina, the university received an outpouring of assistance as it rebuilt its campus. At the same time, Tulanians fanned out in the New Orleans community to help rebuild their beloved city. Those experiences triggered a profound and permanent change to the culture of Tulane University.

In 2006, Tulane became the first national research institution to integrate public service into its core curriculum for undergraduates. Now, the entire university community – the schools of Architecture, Business, Law, Liberal Arts, Medicine, Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Science and Engineering and Social Work – is committed to public service.

Powered by our dedication to civic engagement, which complements our strengths in research and education, Tulane has become a stronger institution. The university’s resolve to tie its future to that of its neighbors is unequivocal and here to stay. The name for our collective community initiatives is Tulane Empowers.

Katrina could have destroyed Tulane. Instead it empowered us to take up the banner of community engagement and to set an ambitious and unprecedented agenda: Tulane University intends to set the standard for public service for the next generation of universities.

We know that our efforts in community engagement must evolve if we hope to continue to lead the way for other universities. Support for Tulane Empowers will allow us to be successful for decades into the future.


Scott S. Cowen

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000