Back in New Orleans

For the third 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 a nine-day service-learning experience focused on the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans.

Throughout the trip, students are spending four days assisting with rebuilding one of countless homes damaged during Hurricane Katrina more than five years ago; they are also involved in daily class sessions learning about the complex issues associated with this catastrophe while reflecting on their experience.  Students have been able to take a tour of the areas affected by the storm, talk with Jonathan Johnson (an alumnus of Chapman University, who lives in New Orleans and serves as a member of Teach for America), and spend some time with  Michael Blum, the Arnold Early Career Professor in Earth and Ecological Science at Tulane University discussing the Gulf oil spill.  This blog will help document some of the students’ experiences.

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