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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

Kenneth Schwartz receives 2021 Architectural Education Award

Taylor Center executive director Kenneth Schwartz is a recipient of a 2021 Architectural Education Award presented by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). The Distinguished Professor Award recognizes individuals that have had a positive, stimulating, and nurturing influence…

Now Hiring! Spring 2021 Communications Student Fellows

The Taylor Center is now hiring for two student positions! These are Spring 2021 paid positions to support the Taylor Center’s communication and marketing projects. View information about the jobs and how to apply online. These applications have a rolling…

Highlights from the October Social Innovation Conversation:  From Faculty Member to Nonprofit Director

The Phyllis M. Taylor Centerfor 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,…

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

Reimagining Public Safety in American Cities

Virtual Event

In this virtual program, presented in partnership with Tulane's Newcomb Art Museum and moderated by Dr. Lesley Ann Noel; Brent Godfrey (Crescent City Corps), Ameca Reali (Law For Black Lives), and Christopher Rabb (Pennsylvania state House of Representatives) will respond…

Free

February Design Thinking Breakfast with Louie Montoya

Virtual Event

Design Thinking Breakfast Guest Host Louie Montoya is a learning experience designer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design K12lab. Louie works with educators on learning and implementing design in the classroom.

Free

Day Two: ISIRC 2021 Abstract-Writing Challenge!

Virtual Event

Day two of a virtual mini-retreat to create your 400 word research-related abstract submission for the 2021 International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC).

Free

Alvarez Spark Innovation Award Application Deadline

Application Deadline

The Victor C. Alvarez Spark Innovation Award is open to all undergraduate and graduate Tulane University students that are pursuing a social venture idea. Students are eligible for up to $2,500 per academic year to move their ideas forward. Students…

Changemaker Catalyst Award Application Deadline

Application Deadline

The Changemaker Catalyst Award is open to all undergraduate and graduate Tulane University students interested in pursuing careers related to Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship, Design Thinking, and Changemaking. Students are eligible for up to $1,500 total over the course of…

March Design Thinking Breakfast

Virtual Event

Design Thinking Breakfast guest host Raja Schaar, IDSA is Program Director and Assistant Professor of Product Design at Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design.

Free

Design Thinking Gumbo: Personas – Do we use them or not?

Virtual Event

A virtual workshop exploring how and when to use personas, and when to use other tools. Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-thinking-gumbo-personas-do-we-use-them-or-not-tickets-142898466159. Personas are commonly used in the design thinking process to understand users’ needs, experiences, behaviors, and goals. But are personas…

Free
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