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Tulane UniversityVincent Ilustre

Executive Director, Center for Public Service

Vincent Ilustre directs the operations of Tulane University’s Center for Public Service and its various affiliate programs.  He provides leadership to the Center’s staff and plans for the Center’s growth.  Vincent received his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science from Tulane’s Paul Tulane College and his Master’s in Business Administration in Management and Marketing from Tulane’s Freeman School of Business.  He is a member of the Board of Director’s of  VIALink, an organization that  provides crisis and suicide counseling and connects people to community resources that help them to resolve life’s biggest challenges.  He is also an appointed Commissioner with the Louisiana Serve Commission.

Expertise: Institutional Infrastructure (e.g., program design and development, internal relationship building and systems design); Campus-Community Partnerships (empowering constituencies, practical community application); Service Learning (faculty and community programming, course design); International Program Development

Years of relevant experience: 12


Center for Public Service, Tulane University

New Orleans, LA

Mission: The inauguration of the Center for Public Service reflects Tulane University’s renewed sense of purpose within a city and region rising from devastation.  Recognizing that active civic engagement builds strong, healthy communities and responsible citizens, the Center for Public Service merges academic inquiry with sustained civic engagement.  The Center is a forum for students, faculty, and community partners to work together to address urgent and long-term social challenges and opportunities.  Our approach to learning prepares Tulane University students to participate more fully in today’s complex society in intellectually rigorous ways.  Tulane University’s Center for Public Service supports a university curriculum and research agenda by uniting academics and action, classroom and communities through which students, faculty, and community partners dedicate themselves to the transformation of civic life.

Staff Size: 26 Full-Time Staff Members

Overview of programs:
Academic programs:
•    International Programs
•    Public Service Independent Study/ Honors Thesis
•    Public Service Internships
•    Public Service Fellows
•    Service Learning
•    Semester in NOLA

Community programs:
•    AmeriCorps* VISTA
•    Community Service
•    Community Service Scholars
•    Help NOLA

Affiliate programs:
•    For the Children
•    Upward Bound


Contact information:
Telephone: 504-862-3358