THE PHYLLIS M. TAYLOR CENTER
for Social Innovation and Design Thinking
TAYLOR cultivates a diverse learning community of Changemakers who use their skills, humility, expertise, gifts, and power to affirm the humanity of all people in the pursuit of a more just, sustainable, and equitable society. Our university-wide initiatives are globally-aware, community-oriented, and interdisciplinary. Our programs are grounded in the teaching, research, and practices of design thinking, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation.
The interdisciplinary SISE minor prepares students to use solutions-oriented thinking, integrate theory and practice, & better understand and create new models of social change.
Professors in Social Entrepreneurship teach, develop a research or practice agenda, and inform programming and initiatives in social innovation & social entrepreneurship. They represent a range of academic disciplines spanning the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences.
Taylor Senior Fellows provide invaluable insight from their field complementing academic and co-curricular activities in social innovation and design thinking while providing tremendous opportunities for students to network and receive direct feedback on their professional goals aspirations.
Taylor hosts three different types of visiting experts including NewDay Speakers, Taylor Senior Fellows, and Taylor Visiting Scholars. Each type contributes a different experience and compliment Taylor’s work in social innovation and design thinking.
Design Thinking Mindset Workshops helps students, staff, and faculty learn and practice specific ways of being that are central to the design thinking process, while the crash course takes participants through a compressed design thinking cycle.
The Changemaker Institute (CI) incubates student changemakers by fostering learning and growth via experiential learning, community partnerships, mentorship, and the development of social entrepreneurial skills.
TAYLOR Your Life is a career development program that teaches applies methods and mindsets of design thinking to help students tackle the “wicked” problem of making a living while making a difference.
Ignite is a pre-orientation program that connects first-year students to people, resources, and opportunities to help them become agents of change at Tulane, in New Orleans, and around the world.
Taylor Center Student Fellows work closely with the Taylor Center faculty and staff to engage Tulane students in academic and co-curricular activities in social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and design thinking.
Taylor has partnered with Housing and Residence Life (HRL) to launch the Changemaker Residential Learning Community (RLC). Students selected to participate in the launch of the Changemaker RLC will play an integral role in cultivating the community’s atmosphere and strengthening the culture of changemaking on campus.