Designed for students with a commitment to improving their community, this course introduces cultural knowledge and communication skills needed to make an impact in increasingly diverse communities and workplaces. Explores the uses of creative expression and story-telling as tools for enabling effective communication and understanding how individual choices and opportunities are affected by historical, social and economic conditions beyond the control of individuals. Combines reading and discussion of urban-centered literary texts with texts by social scientists and community activists. Frequent visits from local community activists and scholars who can help us understand New Orleans as a community and our own roles in this city. Each student will be actively engaged with a local public school or non-profit organization. Includes a mandatory service learning component.