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All classes are suspended for the week of March 16. Starting the week of March 23, all classes will resume entirely online. Tulane School of Architecture (TuSA) remains open with most faculty and staff working remotely. Students can be granted access to work in the building only with prior approval from the school. At this time, we are not hosting admissions tours.

Please continue to check your Tulane email, Canvas, the TuSA COVID-19 FAQ, and the Tulane Emergency Management page for updates.

Tulane is working with students who have difficult personal circumstances that would make leaving campus a challenge or will face complications in online learning once they return home. In response, we have set up the Tulane Student Emergency Aid and Assistance Fund to address current student needs.

Rebecca Otten

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SISE 2010 - Intro to Social Innovation/Entrepreneurship

SISE 4570 - SISE Internship 

SISE 4560 - SISE Internship

SISE 4570 - SISE CPS Internship 

TIDE 1015 - Cultivate Your Inner Changemaker

Research and Teaching Interests:

Social Innovation, Social Impact, Youth Development, Multiculturalism.


Rebecca Otten is director of the Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship (SISE) Minor at Tulane School of Architecture and associate director of social innovation strategy at Taylor. Otten currently teaches “SISE 2010: Introduction to Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship” and the TIDES course “Cultivate your Inner Changemaker.” Otten helped launch social innovation initiatives at Tulane in 2009 and has continued to influence its co-curricular and curricular offerings over the last decade. Otten incorporates her diverse interests in youth development, social impact, and organizational and educational systems, with a focus on examining the ways in which communities and structures can encourage inclusion and equity.

Otten is a Change Leader with the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Consortium and contributes to academic and community engagement strategies at Taylor. Otten’s current research explores a dynamic, long-term partnership between the Taylor Center and Grow Dat Youth Farm, a local organization that nurtures a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. Otten has also established an ongoing partnership with unCommon Construction, an organization that uses the build process to empower youth to lead the workforce after high school or college.

Otten holds a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology, Bachelor of Science in Management, and Master's in public health from Tulane University.