Taylor is excited to introduce and welcome our eight new student fellows for the 2016-2017 academic year
Taylor Student Fellows work closely with the Taylor faculty and staff to engage Tulane students in academic and co-curricular activities in social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and design thinking. Taylor Student Fellows, who work 15 hours per week, are more than the usual student worker and are treated as paraprofessionals, responsible for creating and implementing Taylor programming and outreach.
This year, Taylor’s eight fellows are on three separate teams:
Communication and Marketing (CM)
- Alex Bourguignon, Public Health, Africana Studies Majors
- Lani Nguyen, Neuroscience and Linguistics Majors
- Piper Serra, Public Health Major, SISE Minor
CM Student Fellows work together and with staff to communicate, promote, and market Taylor programs, events, trainings, and activities. CM Fellows are the authors and curators of various marketing platforms including, but not limited to, the Taylor newsletter, TaylorHub blog, Taylor website, event calendars, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This team is also in charge of some photography, videography, and graphic design work for Taylor. CM Student Fellows also advise leaders of Taylor-advised student organizations, Changemaker Institute participants, and related faculty and staff on communication and branding best practices.
Design Thinking (DT)
DT Student Fellows work with students, staff, and faculty to design, support, facilitate, and execute educational programming in design thinking for social impact. DT Fellows plan and facilitate DT skill workshops, manage partnerships with campus and community partners, and help to integrate human-centered design activities with other Taylor programming
Changemaker Institute (CI)
- Ruth Yue Yao, Finance and Economics Majors, Altman Scholar
- Rhea Lewis, Public Health (Pre-Med) Major, SISE Minor
- Josh Christian, Biomedical Engineering, SISE and Studio Art Minor
CI Fellows run the Changemaker Institute (CI), a social venture accelerator for undergraduate and graduate students. This eight-week workshop series equips students to develop sustainable and scalable solutions for social and environmental problems. CI pairs participants with mentors in their field, creates a strong cohort of like-minded students, and increases access to Taylor resources, such as funding opportunities (up to $20,000) and staff support. Past well-known CI ventures include Trash to Treasure, Fund 17, FailUp, and Top Box Foods. CI Student Fellows collaborate with various stakeholders including staff, faculty, alumni, community organizations, small businesses, and expert speakers in the greater New Orleans community.