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The Community Engagement Advocates are student leaders trained to facilitate dialogues around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. These interactive workshops are designed to create brave spaces for students to explore a wide range of topics race, class, gender, sexuality, able-ism, religion, and community engagement. The CEA program works to foster a campus culture of inclusion, equity and empathy, to prepare students to navigate some of society’s most pressing challenges related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Workshop participants will participate in interactive activities and open dialogues designed to help them grow in their self-awareness and awareness of others. These experiences will both challenge participants’ assumptions and perspectives while supporting a collaborative learning environment, through open and honest dialogue.
Community Engagement dialogues focus on preparing students for their work with New Orleans communities. Students explore issues of power, privilege and identity in the context of community engagement activities and develop a sense of civic responsibility beyond a deficit-based or charity mind frame. Participants will:
Campus-Based dialogues focus on building greater awareness, empathy and inclusion within the Tulane community. Participants will explore their social group identities, share personal experiences and opinions, and dive deeper into language, concepts and perceptions related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Participants will:
Community Engagement Advocates are available by request to facilitate workshops for classes, service-learning courses, residence halls, student organizations and other Tulane organizations. Request a Community Engagement Advocate dialogue by submitting this form. Please submit all requests at least three weeks in advance.
Community Engagement Advocates are diverse leaders from across Tulane’s campus who are trained to facilitate dialogues and workshops related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Community Engagement Advocates commit to 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 observing facilitators, a content exam and mock facilitations. To apply to be a CEA, fill out the online application.