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The Phyllis M. Taylor Center

for Social Innovation and Design Thinking

The Taylor Center cultivates a diverse network of changemakers who are working and learning together to create a more just and equitable society.

Our programs are grounded in the teaching, research, and practice of social innovation and design thinking.

Taylor Center News

Come Work With Us

The Taylor Center is currently seeking candidates for both faculty and graduate assistant positions in social innovation, marketing & communications and design thinking. Submit your application materials or contact us at for more information. Faculty Positions Professor of Practice…

Taylor Center Welcomes Sienna Abdulahad as the new Director of Finance and Operations

Sienna Abdulahad is a scholar, activist, and practitioner focused on equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Abdulahad holds an M.A.Ed. in Education from Virginia Tech and a B.S. in Marketing & Management from Siena College. Abdulahad has served as a…

Changemaker Institute (CI) Ventures 2022

Each year, a select group of graduate students in Taylor’s social venture accelerator, the Changemaker Institute, work tirelessly on Thursdays, in the evenings and on weekends to propel their idea for social change into a viable and sustainable social enterprise.…

For Undergraduate Students

Taylor offers many opportunities to undergraduate students interested in changemaking, including funding, coursework, programming, and employment.

Taylor for Undergraduate Students

For Graduate Students

Taylor provides graduate students from any discipline and department funding and programming to learn changemaking skills to bring to their academic experience and future career.

Taylor for Graduate Students

For Faculty and Staff

Taylor supports faculty and staff members interested in bringing social innovation and design thinking into their research, scholarship, classrooms, and workplaces.

Taylor for Faculty and Staff

For Community Members

Taylor offers opportunities to members of the Gulf Coast community and beyond interested in social innovation and design thinking training, events, and partnerships.

Taylor for Community Members

Latest Past Events

Design Thinking Breakfast with Shawhin Roudbari

Virtual Event

Join us Friday, October 21st, as we host a virtual Design Thinking Breakfast with an assistant professor in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Boulder, Shawhin Roudbari! Design Thinking Breakfast is a monthly series to meet new folks and…


Design Thinking Breakfast with Marguerite Sheffer

Virtual Event

Join us this Wednesday, July 27, as we discuss What trauma-informed design thinking might look like?- with Marguerite Sheffer, the new Associate Director of Design Thinking for Social Impact at the Taylor Center. In this session, we will examine traditional…

Design Thinking Breakfast with Dr. Tyra Gross

Virtual Event

Casual breakfast series to meet new folks, practice using design, design thinking, and other designerly approaches to create social impact. About this event About Our Guest Dr. Tyra Gross is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Science…

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