At Tulane “empower” is not just a buzzword. It is an ethos and a call to action. These videos show Tulane faculty, staff, students and alumni putting the Tulane Empowers philosophy into action, making a difference around the corner and around the world.


Iconic Corner Sizzles with Care, 6/05/2012
Our new community health and healing center at the corner of N. Broad and Orleans Avenue represents the transformation of a Katrina-battered site into a community centerpiece. The facility will offer medical care and community services to the neighborhood and is a living tribute to the memory of two caring and compassionate women, Ruth Fertel and Mary Jane Brinton. Watch more in this video.

Read more: Tulane opens flagship community health center




Bunny Friends Step Up, 11/30/2011
Exercise is key to longevity. The members of the Bunny Friend Walking Club in the Ninth Ward are exercising their way to better health one step at a time. Please watch this video about a wonderful public health program initiated by the Tulane Prevention Research Center.

Read more: Walking club steps up for health



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Water, law and our future, 11/16/2011
Hurricane Katrina taught us a hard lesson about the importance of managing water and our coast. The Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy helps frame policies for managing waterways here at home and nationwide. Please watch this video and support the important work of this law school program.

Read more: Water: The defining resource for the future



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Lifesaving Cure Makes History, 10/26/2011
A rare combination of two very serious conditions - Sickle Cell Anemia and Lupus - threatened the life of young Madison Tully. Tulane doctors made medical history by using a bone marrow transplant to successfully treat her. Today, Madison feels like a new person and her case will be developed into a protocol for others in the future.

Read more: A rare affliction and a medical first




Students Design an Urban Farm, 9/20/2011
Architecture students rolled up their sleeves and got down to work at the Grow Dat Youth Farm in City Park, where high school students grow fresh produce to sell and share with others in the community. Watch how our students planned, designed and are now building the infrastructure for the farm. They are taking what they learn in Richardson Memorial and putting it to work in the community.

Read more: Students design and build urban farm




Tulane commencement 2011 with Stevie Wonder, 5/19/2011
All year long we have highlighted the many ways Tulane students, staff and faculty have helped empower others. We said goodbye to the Class of 2011 last week in a commencement that was as entertaining as it was inspiring. Tulane’s commitment to public service was a recurring theme. I am proud to say it has become our newest tradition.

Read more: Idealism and wonder reign at Commencement




Tulane MBA students volunteer in Argentina, 4/27/2011
Tulane empowers in many different ways and places. Students at the A. B. Freeman School of Business spent the semester developing a marketing plan for a food bank in Argentina. They communicated via international videoconferencing and their work culminated with a visit to Buenos Aires. It makes me proud that not only do we teach conscious capitalism, we put it to work for others.

Read more: MBA students take time for public service




Tulane med students work at Ozanam Inn, 4/14/2011
The homeless are among the most medically underserved people in the United States. Tulane medical students Casey Rebholz and Adam Johnson saw a critical need for healthcare services at New Orleans' Ozanam Inn. They recruited fellow students and physicians to provide urgent care for those who visit the shelter. The students see patients at weekend health clinics and gain valuable training while providing invaluable help.

Read more: Medical students give care for homeless



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Tulane students help Circle Foods Store in New Orleans, 4/5/2011
A flooded Circle Foods Store stood as a haunting symbol of the breadth of Katrina's devastation. It was a major loss for thousands of residents in the 7th Ward who relied on the grocery store, doctors, dentists and merchants who were housed there. Tulane architecture and business students are doing their part to bring it back. Please watch.

Read more: Saving Circle Food




Tulane URBANbuild LEED-certified home, 3/16/2011
Meet Tami Hills, the proud owner of a house built by Tulane architecture students as part of the URBANbuild program. For Tami, it marks the start of a life changing experience with many exciting firsts: it is the first home she has ever owned, the first URBANbuild house to receive environmentally friendly LEED certification and an important first step toward revitalizing a developing neighborhood. Local nonprofit Neighborhood Housing Services worked with Tami on the purchase of her brand new home in New Orleans' Central City neighborhood.

Read more: Homeowner happy in Tulane-designed 'green' house




Tulane students donate Mardi Gras beads, 2/25/2011
Although carnival beads seem to grow on trees on our campus, Mardi Gras doesn't just happen. It is a year-long local industry. Some Tulane students volunteered at Arc of Greater New Orleans to help the nonprofit resell Mardi Gras beads. Thousands of the carnival treasures were donated by our students.

Read more: Got beads? Throw 'em to charity!




Tulane Bogalusa Heart Study, 2/13/2011
Dr. Gerald Berenson started the Bogalusa Heart Study in 1973 and tracked the cardiovascular health of the town's residents for the next 39 years. His groundbreaking research confirmed that coronary artery disease begins in childhood. So Dr. Berenson designed a prevention program that teaches lessons in life: A healthy diet can make for a good heart and the right choices will yield a lifetime of health. At 88 years old, he should know.

Read more: Making the next generation heart smart




Newcomb alumnae build Habitat house, 1/26/2011
Most Tulane alumni will agree that you can leave New Orleans but it never leaves you. A group of women who attended Newcomb College in the '60s are living proof. They have returned every year since Katrina to volunteer in New Orleans. They embody Tulane’s motto: “Not for one’s self, but for one’s own.”

Read more: Building houses brings friends together




Tulane students tutor Roots of Music, 1/6/2011
Katrina washed away many of the resources used to cultivate the young musicians of New Orleans, whom we rely on to carry on the musical tradition of our city. Thanks to the "Roots of Music" program, students can join a marching band, as long as they keep their grades up. Tulane students are tutoring at this after school program, helping empower musicians through academics.

Read more: Help a budding musician




Tulane students mentor FIRST Lego League, 12/15/2010
It is one thing to play with Legos®—the beloved plastic interlocking bricks that have captured the attention of children and adults for decades. It is an altogether different matter to use them to build and program a robotic vehicle. The 25 Tulane students who volunteered at eight elementary schools this semester can attest that Legos® are not toys. They are building blocks for learning science and teamwork.

Read more: Kids get 'behind the scenes' glimpse of science




Tulane student volunteers in a Tanzania hospital, 12/9/2010
Tulane junior Bob Lathrop spent last summer in Tanzania as a volunteer biomedical engineer, repairing medical equipment in a busy hospital. Bob personally raised $6,500 to fund the trip by promising supporting companies he would wear their corporate logos on his lab coat, just like elite NASCAR drivers display their sponsors. Watch this video and I think you will agree Bob Lathrop is a champion, too.

Read more: Engineering health in Africa




Tulane shadow a student-athlete, 11/18/2010
Not only do Tulane student-athletes juggle the demands of a top academic institution with training and competing, many find time for the young people of New Orleans. Recently, students from Pierre A. Capdau Elementary were on campus to shadow a student-athlete, accompanying them to class and learning about the collegiate experience. Organized by the Devlin Student-Athletes for Education (S-AFE) Center for Leadership, it is rewarding for both the students and the student-athletes.



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Copyrighting Mardi Gras Indians' suits, 10/14/2010
Mardi Gras Indians are a New Orleans cultural treasure recently highlighted in the HBO series Treme. "To mask Indian" is a commitment – it takes thousands of hours to sew a new suit. The creations are annual works of art - sculptures of resplendent feathers and beaded workmanship. Tulane Law students are helping Mardi Gras Indians gain the same copyright protection as other artists, to ensure the future of new suits for carnivals to come.

Read more: Mardi Gras Indians find support at Tulane




Tulane community health clinics, 9/29/2010
A few days after Hurricane Katrina left and the floods came, Tulane physicians opened a clinic on a street corner with a card table as their office. Obviously since then facilities have greatly improved but the concept lingers -- neighborhood clinics where people can easily access proper, respectful medical care whether they have insurance or not. Does it make a difference? Watch how a Tulane community clinic keeps one patient from having to choose between medicine and food.




Tulane Empowers: assisting New Orleans' public schools, 9/15/2010
Terrible doesn’t even scratch the surface when it comes to describing New Orleans’ public schools before Hurricane Katrina. They were among the worst performing in the country. Right after the storm, Tulane students pitched in to clean up and rebuild schools so they could reopen as New Orleanians returned home. Then they turned their attention to helping students make the most of their school days. Watch how one student is helping a young girl to dream big.




Don't Weight to Lose, 9/2/2010
After Hurricane Katrina, many of us coped with the stress of the disaster by overeating. It is easy to overindulge in one of the world's best culinary cities. Plus, Louisiana is one of the fattest states in the nation! Tulane medical students decided to do something about it. They started “Don’t Weight to Lose” to help New Orleanians gain good health by losing a few pounds. Take a look.

Read more: Weighing in on health




Tulane Empowers: bringing New Orleanians home, 8/24/10
Tulane University created community service projects in response to Hurricane Katrina. We integrated community engagement into the core curriculum because we recognized the far-reaching impact our students could have. Today, partnerships with our neighbors, here and around the globe, are a cornerstone of Tulane. Watch this story about how Tulane architecture students are bringing New Orleanians home.

Read more: URBANbuild makes it right




Tulane Empowers: mapping the oil spill
Recently a memo was making the rounds at Tulane that spoke of the university’s response to the “oil spoil.” It was a typo (the writer meant “oil spill”) but think about it. Some believe the disaster spoiled parts of the Gulf, at least for now. Experts tend to disagree on its long-term effects, but knowing where the oil is will help determine future consequences. One Tulane student has rallied local communities with low and high tech means to track its path. Watch how he does it.

Read more: Students mapping the oil spill


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