Tulane VISTA Blog

Fighting Poverty with Passion

Philanthrocapitalism and an Affect Economy

For a critical and unique vantage point into the status of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, do not read in isolation articles that praise nonprofit organizations “eliminating poverty” (see: AmeriCorps … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Reconcile Alumni Highlight

  A 2005 graduate of Café Reconcile, Jeffery has worked as a trainer in the café and was recently hired as the Alumni Coordinator.  Jeffery is a mentor and a … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Keeping It Professional When Things Get Personal

 According to Grace Murray Hopper “It’s better to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission”.  This year’s cohort of 2016 Tulane VISTAS are unique. We are passionate because we … Continue reading

December 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Back in the Saddle

Soooo, after getting a metaphorical kick in the pants from Emery about these blog posts, I’ve returned from my hiatus, a prodigal daughter, her head hung in shame. Well, not … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Virtues of White Liberalism

I have trouble communicating with individuals who believe they are guided by the most ethical, most altruistic, most intelligent moral compasses. Often in conversations, these individuals express their disdain for … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

Field Report: Woodlands Conservancy- Carly

This past weekend, my organization very graciously paid for me to attend an intensive plant identification workshop. Dr. Charles Allen, one of the top botanists in the south, hosted the … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

unCommon Construction Blog #3

Hi readers, I don’t feel like I have to much to share since my previous blog post, despite it being over a month ago. I spent a lot of November … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Us vs. Them: Working With and Not For Communities

“If you’ve come to help me you’re wasting your time. But if you’ve come because your liberation is bound up with mine then let us work together.” -Lilla Watson with … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Finding Common Ground

A couple of months ago I was filling my water bottle at the water cooler in Tulane Center for Public Service’s lobby and picked up a postcard advertising a training … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mayor Mitch Landrieu City of New Orleans Neighborhood Summit 2016

  On November 19, 2016, Mayor Landrieu’s Neighborhood Engagement Office hosted the City of New Orleans Neighborhood Summit. This year’s theme was Celebrating Neighborhoods: Embracing the Power of Collaboration. To many … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · Leave a comment


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