About our trip

For the second time, the interterm version of LEAD 325 (a leadership experiential learning laboratory for the Leadership Studies Program in the College of Educational Studies), in conjunction with the Department of Student & Campus Life’s civic engagement initiatives, is exploring the concept of leadership through the lense of Hurricane Katrina.  A key component of this course is our partnership with Rebuilding Together New Orleans to provide an 8-day service-learning experience focused on the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans.

Throughout the trip, students are spending five days assisting with rebuilding homes damaged during Hurricane Katrina; they are also involved in daily class sessions learning about the complex issues associated with this catastrophe while reflecting on their experience.  Students have also been able to take a detailed tour of the areas affected by the storm and are able to talk with Thomas Robichaux, an alumn of Chapman University’s School of Law, who lived in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and serves as New Orleans’ Deputy City Attorney.  This blog will help document some of the students’ experiences.


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