On the Calendar 


No! The Rape Documentary 
2/5 6:30 PM
LBC 203

Finding Your Path: Past the Degree
Networking Event
2/12 6:15PM
LBC Qatar Ballroom
(See article for more info)


SOAR's Spring Undoing Racism Workshop 
February 15-16
Anne Mary Lounge  
"Ain't I a Woman?" 
A Lecture by Laverne Cox
2/17 8:00PM
McAlister Auditorium

National Service: Gateway to Opportunity
2/18 12:00-2:30 p.m.
LBC Kendall Cram and Qatar Ballroom

"The Intersection of Black Arts, Cultural Appropriation, and Gender and Sexuality:"
A Discussion with Big Freedia
2/19 7:00PM
LBC Kendall Cram

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Standing Up Your Civic Courage and Remaining Committed to Your Cause


Happy Wednesday, Changemakers!

The semester is now in full swing, and we hope you are all taking advantage of the great events on campus before midterms sneak up on us! This week is Audre Lorde Week, and there are several events on campus celebrating the life and inspiration of the self-styled "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet."
There are also a number of opportunities to hone your talents in preparation for your future. Apply to present your work at Tulane's own Leadership Conference or attend one of the upcoming networking events. Get inspired to do great things!
Have a CHANGE-filled week, 
Angela & the Student Media Team 
Changemaker of the Week
Samantha Gould
CACTUS Council Chair
Sam Gould, a senior, holds one of the most influential student positions on campus as Council Chair of the Community Action Council of Tulane (CACTUS). An umbrella organization to most of the service groups at Tulane, CACTUS also runs programming of their own such as the widely popular Outreach Tulane and MLK Day of Service. Sam sees her main role on campus as a sort of liaison between individuals and groups wanting to be effectively involved in New Orleans and beyond and the resources and organizations available to help them succeed.

One change Sam would like to see implemented at Tulane is better communication between students and organizations about some of the amazing events happening on campus.  "I feel like unless you are in a very specific circle you sometimes miss really important and cool happenings on campus. I wish there could be an activities calendar with every organization's event published efficiently." 
In addition to her role in CACTUS, Sam is a Green Wave Ambassador and former Vice President of TUCAN. Raised in Winston-Salem, NC and Salt Lake City, UT, Sam is a double major in Psychology and Public Health. Next year, she plans to pursue her Masters of Health Administration at the Tulane School of Public Health.

How-to Stand Up Your Profile in Civic Courage


In honor of Audre Lorde Week, our Cafe Impact video features men and women sharing with us what motivates them and inspires their work in social change.


"After the hard analysis is published and the heady policy goes unread, compassion motivates me. As philosopher Peter Singer notes, "We have to decide to what extent we shall live for ourselves, and to what extent for others." Economic development means human development, and human development requires listening, empathy, understanding, caring, decency and kindness.


Ego keeps me moving. Outsized self-confidence in our respective social entrepreneurial talents drives us to take on the world's biggest challenges (a polite phrase for society's shameful stupidities). The work is simultaneously invigorating and numbing. On the bad days, ego strokes from personal friends and impersonal audiences alike prop me up.


Laughter restores me. Confronted with gargantuan global problems and demoralizing meanness, humor (yes, even the politically incorrect joke) gives me perspective - reminding myself that I matter, but I don't matter all that much. When I laugh on the outside, I am smiling on the inside at the pure joy of being a social activist.

Words deepen me. Browsing through my high school alumni magazine, faculty memberRebecca Hong's graduation speech jolted me into re-considering the way I work towards social and economic justice. Her words: "Move slowly. Mend things." 


Civic sacrifice grounds me. A story from the sixties anti-war movement tells about the pacifist minister A.J. Muste who was challenged about standing quietly, night after night, in front of the White House, holding a lone candle. Asked, "Would that really change anything?" Muste replied, "Oh, you've got it all wrong. I'm not doing this to change the country. I do it so the country won't change me."


When an ethical challenge confronts me, my son inspires me. Standing up for social and economic justice affirms my existence to myself, reveals who I am to others and gives my son a legacy worthy of him."


From Cafe Impact

How-To Stand Up Your Profile In Civic Courage
How-To Stand Up Your Profile In Civic Courage
Audre Lorde Week 2/3-2/7  
Hopefully, you were able to make it to one of the Audre Lorde events this week. Jennifer Abod's documentary was enlightening and provided great insight into the mind of an inspiring, empowering, revolutionary changemaker. And if you were intrigued by Aishah Shahidah Simmons' lecture on the life and works of Audre Lorde, check out her documentary screening TONIGHT and increase your awareness on the reality of rape, both in the U.S. and abroad. 

No! The Rape Documentary
Wednesday, February 5 (6:30pm, LBC: 203)
A documentary by Aishah Shahidah Simmons followed by Q&A with director/producer. This award-winning, internationally-acclaimed documentary explores the international reality of rape and other forms of sexual assault through the first person testimonies, scholarship, spirituality, activism and cultural work of African-Americans. 

Student Exhibition of Work Inspired by Audre Lorde

Thursday, February 6 (9am-6pm, LBC: Qatar Ballroom)
This day-long exhibition will include panels, paper presentations, art displays, short film screenings, performances and more to highlight the work that Tulane students are producing at the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender. It is 100% student-led, organized, and moderated. Sponsored by the Queer Feminist Collective (QFC), Black Student Union (bSU), and Vagina Monologues

My Black is Beautiful 
Thursday, February 6 (6pm, LBC 203)
Please join us for a conversation facilitated by Ms. Roxanne Lawson around the commodification of bodies and beauty.

Luncheon with Deon Haywood, Founder of Women with a Vision.
Friday, February 7 (noon, Caroline Richardson Building)
 This special Fridays at Newcomb will feature Deon Haywood, the Executive Director of Women With A Vision (WWV). WWV is New Orleans-based community organization founded in 1991 to improve the lives of marginalized women at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, LGBTQ rights, reproductive justice, and criminalization. In 2009, Deon oversaw the launch of WWAV's NO Justice Project, a campaign to combat the sentencing of women and trans* people arrested for street-based sex work under Louisiana's 203-yr-old "crime against nature" felony-level law, which resulted in a federal judicial ruling and the removal of more than 700 women from the sex offender registry. Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by Newcomb College Institute (NCI)

Audre Lorde Week is co-sponsored by Tulane University's Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD), Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CELT), Newcomb College Institute (NCI), Black Student Union (tBSU), Queer Feminist Collective (QFC), and the Vagina Monologues. For more information contact: OGSD at 504-314-2183.
Finding Your Path Past the Degree
2/12 6:15 PM
LBC Qatar Ballroom 

Interested in the health or development field? Want to know what can you really do with a degree in these areas outside of the typical "norms" after graduation? Come and find out at the "Finding Your Path Past The Degree" Networking Event on Wednesday February 12, 2014 in the LBC Qatar Ballroom. At the event, you will be able to network with fellow Tulane alums and invited professionals from Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Newcomb College Institute, and the Payson Center for International Development to learn more about how to take the next steps toward your career aspirations.

Not sure how to prepare for the networking event? No fear-Hire Tulane will host an optional Networking 101 Workshop from 5:30-6:00 p.m. to help equip you with networking tips and tricks you can use before, during, and after the networking event to further impact your career development. Students can then check-in for the "Finding Your Path Past The Degree" at 6:15pm before networking commence at 6:45pm. Space is limited; therefore, RSVP is required by February 9, 2014. Questions can be directed to Ngoc Pham at npham2@tulane.edu or Jeremy Apolinski at japolins@tulane.edu.
SOAR's Spring Undoing Racism Workshop is Open for Registration!
February 15-16
Anne Mary Lounge  
Are you concerned with confronting racism and economic oppression as a student, staff, or faculty member at Tulane? Do you want to be an effective community organizer in your school, neighborhood, city, and world?  
The People's Institute moves beyond a focus on the symptoms of racism to an understanding of what it is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. The workshop's systemic approach stresses learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, creating networks, undoing internalized oppression, and understanding the role of organizational gate-keeping in perpetuating racism.

 There is a $20 refundable deposit to reserve your seat in the workshop. The deposit will be given back to participates at the end of the training on Sunday. To pay the deposit you need to go to the Office of Multicultural Affairs (The Garden Level of LBC G04) and pay the deposit to Desiree Anderson.

Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday from 9am to 3pm.
Part of the workshop is a Follow Up that will take place on February 26, 2014 for 6pm. Location TBD.
Click here to register.
TUCP Direction Presents "Ain't I a Woman?:" A Lecture by Laverne Cox
Fevruary 17, 8:00PM
McAlister Auditorium

Laverne Cox is an actress, writer, producer, and transgender advocate. She can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is the New Black. Her portrayal of the incarcerated Sophia Burset has touched the hearts of viewers.

Cox is the first African-American trans woman to produce and star in her own television show, VH1's critically acclaimed TRANSForm Me. TRANSform Me was nominated for a GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program in 2011 and was the first television show to star three transsexual women. Cox made television history when she became the first African-American trans woman to appear on a reality television program, VH1's I Wanna Work for Diddy in 2008. She accepted the GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program for I Want to Work for Diddy in 2009.

Cox was named as one of the most influential trans people in America in the inaugural Trans 100 in 2013. She was named one of the top 50 trans icons by the Huffington Post in 2012. Laverne was named one of Out magazine's "Out 100" in 2010. Metro Source magazine named her one of the "55 People We Love" in 2008.

As a transgender advocate Cox continues to lend her voice to the cause of transgender visibility and equality. She is committed to telling diverse and three dimensional trans stories in the media. She travels the country speaking about issues that affect the trans community. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.
National Service: Gateway to Opportunity
Keynote Address and discussion with Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service
Followed by the 2nd Annual National Service Fair
Tuesday, February 18th, 12:00-2:30 p.m.
LBC, Kendall Cram and Qatar Ballroom

Join us for a conversation between Wendy Spencer, CEO for the Corporation for National and Community Service, and President Scott Cowen, as they discuss the importance of national service programs and the growing role of higher education in promoting and preparing students for sustained engagement. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs -- Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund -- and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. 

Lunch will be provided. Keynote address (12:00-1:00pm) will be followed by the 2nd annual Tulane National Service Fair (1:00-2:30 p.m).  At the service fair,  students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from national service organizations and local non-profits that have post graduate national service opportunities.

The Intersection of Black Arts, Cultural Appropriation, and Gender & Sexuality Studies: A Discussion with Big Freedia
February 19, 7:00 PM
LBC Kendall Cram 

Join the Black Student Union on the evening of Wednesday Feb 19th for a discussion with the Queen Diva herself Big Freedia on "The Intersection of Black Arts, Cultural Appropriation and Gender & Sexuality." This timely discussion takes place in the midst of the national discussion on cultural appropriation brought about by the emergence of New Orleans bounce culture, specifically twerking, onto the national scene. Doors open at 6:3pm, Q&A session to follow the discussion. Immediately after the discussion, a limited number of attendees will have the chance to attend a Bounce Twerkshop hosted by Big Freedia herself in the Qatar Ballroom!
Conference Opportunity: At Tulane!
March 22, Location TBA
Tulane University is hosting its first annual Leadership for Social Change Student Leadership Conference March 22, 2014.  This conference will bring together 100 student leaders, faculty and staff members, and local experts, and provide opportunities to learn tangible leadership skills and inspire personal development and reflection. We are looking for students interested in presenting at the conference as well as attending the conference.  For more information,  please visit the website.
CELT-SI Engaged Learning Awards Now Available
CELT-SI Engaged Learning Awards will be available to students exhibiting financial need to participate in engaged learning experiences that build your skills in the fields of social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and changemaking. Funds can be used for accommodations, travel, registration fees, project supplies, etc. The award is presented with the following expectations: 
  • Involvement in programming related to CELT-SI, TUchangemakers, or the SISE Minor. 
  • A series of blog entries that share your experience, including a critical analysis of the experience and its role in your academic studies and professional aspirations. 
  • Completion of an evaluation form. 
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 18, 2014. Please e-mail your completed application to Rebecca at rotten@tulane.edu or hand deliver the application to CELT, 310 Richardson Building. Apply today!
10 Principles for Creating a Meaningful Career
This week's successful workshop series is full! Be sure to sign up early for upcoming lunches.
Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 PM at CELT (310 Richardson Building)
Lunch provided, register here at least 24 hours in advance.
For more information, please contact Rebecca at rotten@tulane.edu

Over the past twenty-five years, 
Echoing Green has uncovered the common experiences that led young emerging professionals to meaningful, high-impact work. These workshops, offered by trained "Work on Purpose" facilitators and based on scholarship from the world's top research institutions, will help students explore and practice these principles. Topics include: 
  • 2/13 Taking Care of You: Figure out how to sustain yourself while working on the issues that matter deeply to you.
  • 2/20 Moment of Obligation: Discover the social problems you most want to address and your priorities in addressing these social problems.
  • 2/27 Head+Heart=Hustle: Identify work that aligns your heart, the issues that matter most to you, and your head, the unique gifts you can contribute.
Roots of Music Academic Tutoring Needs Volunteers!

Like kids?   Have spare time between 3:45 and 6? Tulane's Roots of Music Tutoring Program is looking for new volunteers. RoM is a free after-school marching band program for New Orleans students ages 9-14. In order to stay in the band, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA. That's where YOU come in, assisting students with their homework assignments and school projects. Tulane volunteers take the shuttle service to the Cabildo in Jackson Square Monday-Thursday, leaving at 3:45 and returning around 6. A weekly commitment of at least one day a week is preferred. For more information, email Mary Soule at msoule@tulane.edu.
Join Tulane's Net Impact Chapter

Net Impact empowers a new generation to drive social and environmental change on campus and throughout their careers. Net Impact provide the network and resources to inspire emerging leaders to work towards successful "impact careers" - together we make a net impact that transforms their lives, their organizations, and the world. Tulane's Net Impact Undergraduate Chapter is recruiting new members.

Contact smolina1@tulane.edu for more information or to express interest in joining the organization. 

ThinkImpact Spring Break Trips and Scholarship


Are you ready to break out of the mold? Make your spring break transformational and high impact. You can do it with a Global Opportunity Scholarship from ThinkImpact. Select applicants will receive support to join us this spring. $30,000 in scholarships are there for the taking, what are you waiting for?     

Pick a  program and apply now. Spring break trips will explore social or health innovation in Ghana, Rwanda, or Panama. Deadline to apply for a spring scholarship is January 31, 2014. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now to increase your chances! 

Internship Opportunities: American Civil Liberties Union

Apply now for a summer internship with the American Civil Liberties Union. Placement cities include New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Sample projects include Lesbian, Gy, Bisexual, Transgender and AIDS, Racial Justice, Immigrants Rights, and National Security. Visit the website for more information.

Funding Opportunity: 2014 Business for Good Competition


The Business for Good Competition provides both experienced and new social entrepreneurs with a platform for new ideas to solve social problems.Teams or solo social entrepreneurs from across the USA can apply to pitch their idea at the Social Enterprise Alliance 2014 National Summit in front of a national audience of leading entrepreneurs, funders, policy makers and educators. Over $50,000 in prizes will be awarded, including seed funding, incubation space, website/branding services, legal and technical assistance, and admission to Nashville's Entrepreneur Center social enterprise accelerator program.


The contest application, rules, and additional information are posted online. Applications are due by February 21, 2014. 


Show in Film what YOU can do to Change the Story!
Undergraduate students, submit your 3-5 minute short films that address global women's issues such as education for girls, maternal health, violence against women and girls and a variety of other issues. Submission deadline is December 31, 2013. Winners will be awarded over $20K in prizes! Red carpet event for 2012/13 awards ceremony to be held at the Harvard campus on February 23, 2013. Learn more here.
Further Develop your professional skills with Launchange!

Want to build your résumé, develop your professional skills, make a difference,
 and help start a business at the same time? If so, check out Launchange.
 Launchange is an online network that connects students with startups that focus foremost on creating social impact. Students on Launchange  are generally active or interested in the entrepreneurial scene and are building skills in design, web and app development, and/or business. If you are interested in practicing social entrepreneurship and applying its methods, Launchange presents a great opportunity to get involved and get connected.

Visit our website to show interest in joining our Community of Changemakers.
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