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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

How to Design Your College Experience

Diboll Gallery The Commons, 14 Newcomb Place, New Orleans

Description How can you get the most out of college? It’s not by thinking of college as something to navigate or get through. It’s by designing your own experience. Design is about understanding people, thinking holistically to make connections, trying…

Design Thinking Breakfast with Don Fraser Jr. and Miriam Swords Kalk

Virtual Event

Casual breakfast series to meet new folks, practice using design, design thinking, and other designerly approaches to advance social impact.   This is an online event. To access the event, click "Go to the event" on your ticket. This will…

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