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Comprised of talented and motivated women who aspire to be leaders in the Tulane community, this RLC supports its residents to excel academically while engaged in a tight-knit community. Providing a structured setting for residents to develop skills and community connections, Spark serves as a pipeline to leadership opportunities at Newcomb College Institute, at Tulane, and across New Orleans.

— Rachel Weber, Resident Director, Josephine Louise


Drawing on the legacy of Newcomb College, Spark provides a place for first-year women to find their “spark” — their own Tulane pathway — as they forge connections with one another and with faculty, staff, and alumnae through the gender-focused programming and opportunities provided by Newcomb College Institute.

  • Explore women’s leadership through community service and social justice projects
  • Alternative spring / winter break trips
  • Participate in discussions that examine topics ranging from leadership styles to women’s campus activism to the history of Newcomb College

Spark Residential Learning Community encourages first-year women to build and engage in creative, intellectual, and social justice communities at Tulane, in New Orleans, and beyond. Guided by faculty, staff, and students from Newcomb College Institute (NCI), you will engage in activities, events, and courses that focus on gender, leadership, and social change. Spark's special TIDES courses and monthly dinners with faculty from a variety of disciplines will facilitate your involvement in Tulane's academic community, local culture, and the arts.

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 anticipated affiliated courses for Spark are:

  • "Women Writing Lives". More information coming soon.
  • "Women Leading New Orleans". More information coming soon.
  • "Frames, Films, and Femme Fatales: Women in Film". More information coming soon.

Living Options

The Spark Residential Learning Community is in the Josephine Louise Residence Hall.

How to Apply

You may apply for the Spark 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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