The Taylor Center aims to provide students the academic resources needed to become changemakers. The SISE Minor, SE Professors, Social Innovation Symposium, and Taylor Senior Fellows contribute to the larger mission of transforming higher education with design-thinking 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. Students can gain real world experience through an intensive SISE public service internship. The minor will enable students to explore how they can be changemakers in whatever career path they choose, be it working for a nonprofit, a corporation, in academia, or starting their own venture.
The Social Entrepreneurship Professorships housed under the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking offer the opportunity for select faculty from across the university, from any discipline, to pursue research and scholarship that facilitate transformative large scale social and environmental impact in their fields. 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 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. These expert guests host lectures, workshops, classes, and other single or multiple events.