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THE PHYLLIS M. TAYLOR CENTER

for Social Innovation and Design Thinking

Taylor provides programming for Tulane students, faculty, and staff as well as the community. Student programs consist of for-credit academic opportunities, funding, and student leadership.

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Howard-Tilton Memorial Library (4th Floor)
7001 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
taylor@tulane.edu
504-314-7069
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WHAT’S HAPPENING AT TAYLOR

TAYLOR cultivates a diverse learning community of Changemakers who use their skills, humility, expertise, gifts, and power to affirm the humanity of all people in the pursuit of a more just, sustainable, and equitable society. Our university-wide initiatives are globally-aware, community-oriented, and interdisciplinary. Our programs are grounded in the teaching, research, and practices of design thinking, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation.

 

ACADEMICS

The Taylor Center aims to provide students the academic resources needed to become changemakers. The SISE Minor, SE Professors, and Taylor Expert Guests contribute to the larger mission of transforming higher education with design-thinking and social innovation.

Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Minor

The interdisciplinary SISE minor prepares students to use solutions-oriented thinking, integrate theory and practice, & better understand and create new models of social change.

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FACULTY ENGAGEMENT

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.

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Research and Scholarship

The Taylor Center aims to support scholars from any academic discipline to advance our knowledge and understanding of the field of changemaking in higher education through writing projects and research-themed events.

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Courses

TAYLOR Your Life is an innovative career development lab that teaches students how to approach their future with the mindset and toolkit of a designer.

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PROGRAMS

Conversations in Social Innovation

Born from the spirit of the Social Innovation Symposium, the Conversations in Social Innovation series engage young scholars, research partners, and knowledge enthusiasts in discussions about research efforts through Taylor and the community, in a casual round table setting.

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NewDay Distinguished Speaker Series

The NewDay Distinguished Speakers Series presents prominent leaders from across the fields of social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and design thinking to share their own experiences, challenges, insights, thoughts, and recommendations to students and the community.

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Community Innovator’s Circle

The Community Innovators Circle presents a unique opportunity to engage a small, strategic cohort of innovative community organizations with students participating in social innovation and social entrepreneurship programming

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Changemaker Institute

The Changemaker Institute (CI) accelerator program incubates social ventures in the Tulane community by fostering learning and growth, community partnerships, mentorship, & the development of social entrepreneurial skills among upper-level students in the early idea phase of social venture development.

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TRAININGS

Fast 48

The FAST 48 weekend bootcamp teaches the basics of human-centered design via short cycles of individual and group learning with direct work in the community. Participants address a real challenge facing a community organization while learning immersive fieldwork methods, information synthesis and idea generation.

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Taylorized Facilitations

As time and resources allow, the Taylor design team staff and Design Thinking Student Fellows can deliver “Taylorized” facilitations for Tulane units and community partners.

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Design Thinking & Donut

New to design thinking? Start with the free, public Team Design Workshop. Participants learn how to work in groups to process field data quickly, find insights, identify different end-users, rapid prototype, and test.

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Student Opportunity

Changemaker RLC

The Changemaker Residential Learning Community inspires students through increased self-reflection, campus and community awareness, and purposeful action, residents will develop their changemaking toolkit.

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Graduate 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.

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Student Organizations

The Taylor Center advises and supports many student organizations and student-initiated groups that help participants develop their skills as changemakers.

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Internship

Gain real world experience through an immersive social innovation and/or social entrepreneurship public service internship

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TAYLOR connects organizations and people across campus and across the nation.

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