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Fighting Poverty with Passion

Stepping Back & Asking More Questions

(In which the author talks about her feelings in fragmented thoughts the day after our fall exhibit, The Cost of Home, goes up, which by the way, is free and open … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Rusty Dilapidations – Why Ethnography and Health Needs Assessments Matter

On a recent Monday afternoon, I follow a community health worker through the swampy southern Louisiana air, as she points to rusty dilapidations, pausing to reminisce her memories as a … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

unCommon Construction Blog 1

Hi! My name is Stephen Barkan and I am the AmeriCorps VISTA at unCommon Construction. The organization has an apprenticeship program for currently enrolled high school students, teaching them baseline … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Lesson in Self-Care

Trigger warning: passing mention of eating disorders/body dysmorphia Tuesday night my roommate found me like this: no pants, kneeling in front of our porcelain god, dried charcoal on my lips, … Continue reading

September 18, 2016 · 2 Comments

INTRODUCING: UNITY of Greater New Orleans

I began volunteering at UNITY in September, 2015.  As a UNITY volunteer for over a year I became very aware of the homeless crisis in the city of New Orleans. … Continue reading

September 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Eliminating Poverty? Stream of Consciousness

  My favorite magnet on our fridge says “Belief + Doubt = Sanity,” which I think sums up both the following word vomit and my general attitude in life and … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

The End of an Era, (and the future of design?)

  Our summer public interest design fellowship just ended last Friday, which feels both relieving and a little bittersweet. On the one hand, I’m excited to have time to dedicate … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Field Report: Woodlands Conservancy- Carly

Greetings from the forest! I’m Carly and I’m one of the new additions to the Tulane Center for Public Service AmeriCorp VISTA program. I am lucky enough to work with … Continue reading

September 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Field Report: YMCA Educational Services (YES!)–Stephanie Wang

It’s only been seven weeks into my term as a Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA and a lot has happened! MY SITE I work with YMCA Educational Services (conveniently nicknamed YES!), an … Continue reading

September 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

From Philly to New Orleans

Greetings! My name is Brianna Cunningham. My preferred name is Bri. My hometown is Philadelphia. I am a recent graduate of Bucknell University, who majored in Sociology and English – … Continue reading

September 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

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