As a returning Taylor Student Fellow, Piper is excited to join the Design Thinking team and continue her work with the Taylor Center. Piper believes in the power of design thinking to provide a holistic understanding of a problem and create systemic change. Her relationship with design is reflected in the following quote by Brian Reed: “Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.” Piper hopes to use design thinking to reimagine the ways systems and institutions on campus, in our community, and society function for the most vulnerable members by shifting the power dynamic. Her fellowship will focus on supporting the Design for America chapter through a series of educational workshops in partnership with the Paterson Changemaker RLC.
Piper is a junior studying Political Economy and minoring in Urban Studies, which allows her to explore her many academic interests by taking an interdisciplinary course load that includes Political Science, Economics, History, Philosophy, Gender and Sexually Studies, Sociology, and Public Health. Piper is a co-founder and Studio Lead of the Tulane Design for America Studio and has participated in the 2017 and 2016 Leadership Studio at Northwestern University. She is a StartingBloc Institute Fellow from the 2017 NOLA cohort and attended the 2017 Ashoka U Exchange in Miami, FL as a student leader. Over the summer of 2017, she worked for NetWork Volunteers as the Program Developer of an educational environmental tour of Southeast Louisiana and New Orleans and with the Development team of Liberty’s Kitchen.