Conceptualizing, Building, and Evaluating University Practices for Community Engagement

Vincent Ilustre, Ana M. Lopez, Barbara E. Moely


Tulane University’s unique situation after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005 led to a reinvention of the university with a focus for students and faculty on community engagement. This article tells the story of the formation of Tulane’s Center for Public Service, and its programs and activities. The article also highlights perceptions of students, faculty, and community agency members on aspects of Tulane’s endeavors to encourage and support university-community engagement.

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