Last month the UPP Foundation held its 2023 lecture. Hosted at the iconic Lord’s cricket ground, guests were addressed by Michael A. Fitts, President of Tulane University in New Orleans on “Transforming communities: academic institutions and the cities we call home.”
President Fitts shared Tulane’s experience of deepening its civic role following Hurricane Katrina, and more recently its response to the pandemic. He discussed the transformation of the university to better serve its city and region, including service learning for all undergraduates, a deeply embedded approach to interdisciplinary education and research, and the planned regeneration of downtown New Orleans.
We hope the lecture inspires conversations on the role universities play in their local communities and the lessons that can be learnt from the Tulane experience.
You can read the lecture here
You can watch the lecture below