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Tulane in the Community

Fostering a close and cooperative relationship with the community and our neighbors is one of Tulane University's most important priorities.  


  • Tulane Center for Public Service

    The Center for Public Service at Tulane University was established in 2006 as part of the University’s Renewal Plan, instituted after Hurricane Katrina. The Center supports a University curriculum and research agenda by uniting academics and action, classroom and communities through which students, faculty, and community partners dedicate themselves to the transformation of civic life.

  • Cowen Institute

    The Cowen Institute was originally formed in 2007 to monitor, chronicle, and analyze the dramatic changes occurring in New Orleans’ public education system after Hurricane Katrina. The Institute is named after Scott Cowen, President Emeritus of Tulane University, who served as a leader in New Orleans’ recovery and in transforming its failing education system. Over the past decade, the scope of our work has expanded beyond research and policy to include direct programming and convening towards our mission to advance youth success in New Orleans and beyond.

  • Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design

    As the Tulane School of Architecture’s community design center, Small Center brings together creative makers and doers working for a better city. We advance community-driven ideas through collaboration, design education and scrappy problem-solving.

  • Tulane Prevention Research Center

    The mission of the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) is to reduce or prevent overweight and obesity in the Greater New Orleans Area by addressing the physical and social environmental factors influencing physical activity and diet. The Tulane PRC’s mission is accomplished through research; collaboration with community partners and policy makers; communication about environmental factors related to physical activity and diet with public health practitioners, policy makers and community partners; and training of public health professionals, paraprofessional and community members.

  • Ruth U. Fertel Tulane Community Health Center

    Providing primary, comprehensive healthcare for those with difficulty accessing care in south Louisiana communities.