IGNITE connects first-year students to people, resources, and opportunities to help them become agents of change at Tulane, in New Orleans, and around the world. This four-day experience encourages students to catalyze their leadership potential, learn from local community leaders, and build skills to enhance their community engagement as a college student – all while discovering local cultural gems and enjoying the amazing food and music in New Orleans. So, you think you want to change the world?

IGNITE provides students with an introduction to some of the social issues they will see in New Orleans during their college experience, such as gender and race inequity, gentrification, educational access, and food deserts. At the same time, students will be asked to reflect, individually and in small groups, on their own identities, their assumptions, and their role in community engaged action. By the end of the week, students are empowered to access campus resources and create community-informed social change in solidarity with local community organizations, leaders, and activists.

IGNITE has been made available through a collaboration among the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design ThinkingCenter for Public ServiceOffice of Multicultural Affairs, The Murphy Institute, and Newcomb College Institute to facilitate your engagement with organizations across various fields and enable you to affect the most change while finding your place on campus.

Learn more about the Ignite program HERE.


Program Information

  • Arrival and Program Start Date: Sunday, August 20, 2017
  • Program Start Time: After 5 PM. Check-In for EXPLORE between 12 PM and 5 PM in the Pedersen Lobby, first floor of the LBC off McAlister
  • Program End Date: Thursday night, August 24, 2017
  • Fee: $595
  • Maximum capacity: 72
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what they're saying

"I received the support I needed when adjusting to college and figuring out what I wanted to become involved with on campus regarding social justice, all while making lasting connections with people and learning about my wonderful new city."

– Jordan Palefsky from Dallas, Texas Class of 2016, studying Psychology and Early Childhood Education


"Working with the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching allowed me to witness and experience the vibrant and positive growth of the New Orleans community through entrepreneurship and nonprofit work."

– Andrew Grin from Leawood, Kansas Class of 2015, studying Finance with an Energy Specialization

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