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Kaleidoscope provides a safe space for people of color and/or LGBTQIA. In this RLC, students attend events and programs geared toward helping them navigate Tulane with an encouraging and understanding network behind them, along them to connect while embracing their intersectional identities.

— Lex Bourguignon, Class of 2018


The vision for Kaleidoscope is to train a diverse group of talented students to serve as a catalyst to effect change across campus. By fostering a sense of well-being, belonging, and respect for each other across difference [such as culture, sex, gender identity, class, religion, ability, race, sexuality, and nationality], Kaleidoscope residents strive to understand the many forms of difference and their effect.

  • Develop consensus solutions to complex social problems
  • Launch proactive community/campus-wide initiatives
  • Cultural trips and workshops

The Kaleidoscope RLC will create an incubator to explore intellectual thought, identities and values through intentional conversations, experiences and programs. These will serve as a foundation for students from diverse backgrounds to develop consensus solutions to complex social problems. Kaleidoscope offers two dedicated TIDES courses, cultural trips, and varied workshops.

Affiliated TIDES

All first-year students at Tulane Universities are required to take a TIDES course. Members of Residential Learning Communities have the opportunity to enroll in a TIDES course that explores the concepts and values of their community in depth. In 2017, the affiliated course for Kaleidoscope is:

  • "Encounters at the Crossroads: Toward Diverse Communities in an "Us vs. Them" Society" (TIDE-1983-01). ThisTIDES course will serve as an incubator for students from diverse backgrounds to explore intellectual thought, share experiences and build community across differences. We will explore the possibilities and challenges of diversity, privilege and power through intentional conversations, interactive workshops, roundtable discussions texts, and films. We will invite faculty, staff, upper-class students, community organizers, and local artists to engage in our conversations over the course of the year. And, we will take field trips (Whitney Plantation Tour, LGBTQ History Walking Tour, Hidden History Tour) that will help us better understand the history of diversity, power and privilege in the New Orleans Area. This course will also continue to introduce you to academic, community building, and life skills that will assist you during your transition to college and throughout your time at Tulane.

Living Options

The Kaleidoscope Residential Learning Community is in the Paterson House Residence Hall. The Kaleidoscope floor in Paterson has a gender neutral common bathroom and will have gender neutral housing available on the floor. If other living/bathroom accommodations are needed, please contact the HRL office.

How to Apply

You may apply for the Kaleidoscope RLC through the student housing application process. Your answers to some supplemental, RLC-specific questions will be evaluated by a committee. If you are accepted, you will be notified and be sent more information on the room selection and roommate process.

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