Tulane University Changemaker Campus

Tulane University is a private, non-profit research institution located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tulane is woven into the fabric of New Orleans, serving as the second medical school in the South at its founding in 1834 and later becoming a resource for addressing the tragedies of Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, Tulane established the Center for Public Service, becoming a leader among US-based higher learning institutions to require service-learning for undergraduate students. Tulane University was selected as a Changemaker Campus in 2009. Since 2014, the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking has built upon Tulane University’s strengths in civic engagement and service-learning to cultivate and connect changemakers. Through Taylor, Tulane remains on the cutting edge of social innovation education, providing university-wide initiatives that are globally aware, community oriented, and interdisciplinary. Taylor’s work is grounded in the teaching, research, and practices of design thinking, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation. We serve Tulane undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff, as well as New Orleans residents, community partners, and our larger global community in moving towards positive social and environmental change.

Tulane University Thought Leadership

Crisis and Adaptation for the Public GoodStanford Social Innovation Review

2021 Exchange:
Who is Higher Education For?
Becoming a Changemaker Educator
Critical, Place-based Community Engaged Learning: Constraints & Possibilities

2020 Exchange:
Community-Based Action Research as a Change Strategy: Considering Equity, Power & Impact
How Athletics Can Advance Changemaking
Supporting 1st Generation College Students
Teaching Social Innovation: Context Matters & Opportunity Knocks

2016 Exchange:
Tulane City Center

2016 Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Awardee: Tulane City Center
2011 Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Awardee: Tulane Urban Innovation Challenge

Changemaker Campus

Launched in 2008, Ashoka offers the Changemaker Campus designation to leading institutions in social innovation education. These institutions share the vision for higher education to become the next global driver of social change by transforming the educational experience into a world-changing experience.