Training & Events


Intersection: Public Transit, Jobs & Prosperity in NOLA

On November 1, 2016, Tulane Hillel will host Intersection: Public Transit, Jobs & Prosperity in NOLA, through its Big Issue panel series.

Moderated by Flozell Daniels, President & CEO of the Foundation for Louisiana, this panel will delve into the impact of public transit – buses, streetcars and the ferry – on the lives of those who rely on it, as well as on businesses that employ workers reliant on public transit to reach their jobs.

We’ll address transit funding issues; innovative best practices from communities country-wide including Houston, TX & West Coast municipalities & counties; incomebased fare increases; union & labor constraints; issues with route connections at the regional and local levels; and importantly, why affordable, efficient public transit should be an issue that is of interest to everyone.

Panelists will include:

  • Justin Augustine, RTA General Manager & Vice President, Transdev
  • Pamela Legge, RTA Citizen Advisory Committee
  • Alex Posorske, Executive Director, RIDE New Orleans
  • Jeff Schwartz, Executive Director, Broad Community Connections & Board Member, Regional Planning Commission
  • Samantha Hithe Washington, VP of Human Resources, Harrah’s New Orleans

Organized by Big Issue Advisory Committee Members Melissa Ehlinger of Educate Now! and Carmen James of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the panel is open to the public and will feature a cash bar with complimentary finger food by farm-totable, vegan-friendly kosher restaurant HK NOLA.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm and speakers will begin at 7:00. For more information, please see the Facebook event.

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About The Big Issue: The Big Issue brings together a wide range of civic-minded New Orleanians and activists to make connections between culture and politics, arts and economics, the unique history of New Orleans and where we imagine our community in the future. The series addresses issues of national importance and features panelists who are involved in issues that are defining our life and times. Past Big Issue panels have focused on sexual assault on college campuses, the advent of Airbnb and its impact on neighborhoods, and the city’s high murder rate.

About Tulane Hillel: Tulane Hillel is a non-profit community center that fosters leadership and community engagement. A leader in entrepreneurial-based programming, Tulane Hillel creates platforms for college students to engage in the Tulane and GNO communities. With a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, Tulane Hillel provides a central meeting place, with multipurpose spaces and a delicious restaurant. To date, Tulane Hillel has engaged over 80% of the Jewish population at Tulane, over 30% of the non-Jewish population, and key community leaders. Through the Tulane Jewish Leaders program, providing initiative incubation services to over 250 Tulane students, along with other programs, Tulane Hillel’s reach continues to expand throughout the greater community and studen

  • Cost: Free