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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

Taylor 10 Week

Since 2014, the Phyllis M. Taylor Center has been at the forefront of cultivating changemakers. We have worked to equip students, faculty, staff, and community partners with the tools to leverage design thinking and social innovation for greater impact in…

Welcome Nichole Valenzuela

Welcome our newest Life Design instructor, Nichole Valenzuela. Valenzuela is currently serving as the Assistant Director for Immersions and Interprofessional Education in Academic Affairs. She holds a Master of Science degree in Sustainability from Black Hills State University, where she…

Changemaker Institute Alum Highlight: William Bai

William Bai, an alumnus of the Changemaker Institute and recipient of the Alvarez Spark Innovation Award, founded a non-profit organization called RoboRecovery in the Spring of 2021. The aim of RoboRecovery was to provide an after-school robotics program to students…

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

Author Talk: Lesley-Ann Noel

Join us for an exciting Author Talk featuring the talented Lesley-Ann Noel! Get ready to dive into the captivating world of literature as she shares her insights, experiences, and inspirations. This in-person event promises to be an unforgettable opportunity to…

Taylor 10 Week: Taylor Your Tuesday Life Design Lunch

6823 St Charles Ave 6823 Saint Charles Avenue Richardson Building 5 Suite 115, New Orleans, LA 70118, New Orleans, LA

Come learn about life design at Tulane, including Taylor Your Tulane, which applies human-centered design (design thinking) mindsets and tools to support first-year students in designing a fulfilling college experience; and Taylor Your Life, a career development lab for upperclassmen…

Taylor 10 Week: Changemaker Institute: Selecting Your Business Entity

Propeller 4035 Washington Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70125, New Orleans, LA

Engage in a thought-provoking Q&A session where participants pose questions directly to a legal representative.Legal Considerations when Building A Business with Impact: Q+A with AttorneysWednesdays, 3/6, 12-2:00 PM @ Propeller (4035 Washington Avenue)Join Changemaker Institute Fellows for a Q+A with…

Taylor 10 Week: Speculative Fiction Open Class Session

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library 7001 Freret Street Suite 430, New Orleans, LA 70118, New Orleans, LA

Speculative Fiction open classWhat do imaginary worlds have to teach us about the future we want? From fantasy and horror to science fiction, Afrofuturism, cultural commentary, alternative histories and dystopian scenarios, the genre(s) of speculative fiction depict worlds that don’t…

Taylor 10 Week: Design Thinking 101

Salon22 2401 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA 70119, New Orleans, LA

Get ready to dive into the world of design thinking and learn the basics in this hands-on event, "Design Thinking 101," starting on March 8,Design Thinking 101 @ Salon 22Join us for an evening of free food, wine, and design…

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