Graduate Student Learning Opportunities 

Taylor offers opportunities for master’s and doctoral students from any discipline and department to learn changemaking skills to bring to their practice, research and scholarship.

Learn the basics of design thinking, explore social innovation and changemaking theory, and more. Students from other universities are welcome to join many of the non-curricular opportunities.

Courses and Workshops

The Fast 48 bootcamp: A weekend workshop to learn basics in design thinking for social impact offered in the fall and spring semesters. Learn more.

New! SISE 6100 – Social Innovation Toolkit:  A three-credit course to learn systems thinking, leadership and design thinking to apply to your career path, academic experience and community engaged research/scholarship. No prerequisites required, but students should plan to attend the Fast 48 bootcamp March 16-18, 2018. Class meets Thursdays, 5:30-8 p.m. at Taylor. See flier for more information.

Taylor Your Life: A short course in creatively rethinking and planning your career and life. Graduate student slots are open in TYL courses. Check the registrar for schedules and learn more here.

Changemaker Institute Social Venture Accelerator: This program supports a small group of students each year with clear social venture ideas to develop. Learn more here.

Design for America: The DFA chapter at Tulane is open to graduate students interested in learning and applying design thinking to campus and community challenges.

Funding and Paid Positions

Changemaker Catalyst Award: Offered four times a year support to undergraduate and graduate Tulane University students interested in pursuing careers related to social innovation, social entrepreneurship, design thinking and changemaking. Supports student learning including field research, conferences and internships. Learn more here.

Teaching assistantships: Many of our SISE courses require teaching assistants knowledgeable about the content and able to support student learning. Contact Anna Monhartova, SISE minor program director.

Research assistantships: On occasion, Taylor can support part-time research positions. Contact Laura Murphy.

Student worker positions: Taylor has part-time positions for graduate student workers able to contribute substantially to our programs, including with Taylor Student Fellows and others. Contact Laura Murphy for more information.

Seminars and speakers: During the fall and spring semesters Taylor offers occasional “Conversations in Social Innovation” for graduate students and scholars. Taylor also hosts NewDay Distinguished Speakers and special visitors; noted social entrepreneurs, scholars, educators, and practitioners, to speak on campus and lead workshops.

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From Taylor To The Field

From Taylor to the Field

Tom Karrel, the 2017 design thinking graduate assistant spent sometime in Uganda, working for the…