In August The Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking welcomed Rae Stevenson and Asia-Vinae Palmer to the Team.
Rae Stevenson, Ph.D., joins the Taylor Center as a Visiting Assistant Professor, bringing her distinctive blend of social science research that intertwines participatory action research, arts-based methods, and storytelling. Driven by a commitment to empowering youth to tell their stories and envision radical futures, Dr. Stevenson’s work explores how education systems can simultaneously construct social inequality and serve as a potential site of joy and liberation.
Asia-Vinae J. Palmer (they/them) is a multidisciplinary artist and the Program Manager of Campus and Community Partnerships at the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. Their relationship-building and culture-bearing expertise informs their interests in equitable and sustainable connections with individuals, organizations, and the environment. Palmer is intent on establishing an anchor at Tulane University, incorporating their creative resources and skills into the Program Manager role. They are excited to learn how social innovation and design thinking will add to their many communities and to the world they love so much. Palmer holds a B.A in English from The University of New Orleans, they are an active Side-By-Side Artist at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, and a loyal family member of Community Book Center on Bayou Road.