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Graduate Student Learning 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.

Learn the basics of design thinking, explore social innovation and changemaking theory, and more. Students from other universities are welcome to join many of the non-curricular opportunities.

Courses and Workshops

The Fast 48 bootcamp: A weekend workshop to learn basics in design thinking for social impact offered in the fall and spring semesters. Learn more.

New Course, GCHB 6700, Social Innovation Tools for Public health Professionals. Spring, Thursdays, 5:30-8 PM. Description: This course offers MPH (and other graduate) students a toolkit of human-centered design (HCD), systems-led leadership, complex systems thinking, and related social innovation to prepare the graduates to address complex societal problems while working together with others, and in domestic or international settings. Training in design-thinking for social impact is offered via hands-on workshops (the Fast 48), complemented by a theoretical framing and examples from public health.  Students gain a deeper understanding of how change happens, and skills for understanding and addressing “wicked” problems. Students learn to map complex systems, identify entry-points, and reframe problems to work more creatively with community stakeholders.

NOTE: Students are required to join the Fast 48 weekend — see posted dates at A $60 fee covers food and materials for the Fast 48.

Who can take this: The course is open to non-SPHTM graduate students, but be sure to check with your program in advance  to get it pre-approved as an elective.

Taylor Your Life: A short course in creatively rethinking and planning your career and life. Graduate student slots are open in TYL courses. Check the registrar for schedules and learn more here.

Changemaker Institute Social Venture Accelerator: This program supports a small group of students each year with clear social venture ideas to develop. Learn more here.

Design for America: The DFA chapter at Tulane is open to graduate students interested in learning and applying design thinking to campus and community challenges.

Funding and Paid Positions

Changemaker Catalyst Award: Offered four times a year support to undergraduate and graduate Tulane University students interested in pursuing careers related to social innovation, social entrepreneurship, design thinking and changemaking. Supports student learning including field research, conferences and internships. Learn more here.

Teaching assistantships: Many of our SISE courses require teaching assistants knowledgeable about the content and able to support student learning. Contact Rebecca Otten, SISE minor program director.

Research assistantships: On occasion, Taylor can support part-time research positions. Contact Laura Murphy.

Student worker positions: Taylor has part-time positions for graduate student workers able to contribute substantially to our programs, including with Taylor Student Fellows and others. Contact Laura Murphy for more information.

Seminars and speakers: During the fall and spring semesters Taylor offers occasional “Conversations in Social Innovation” for graduate students and scholars. Taylor also hosts NewDay Distinguished Speakers and special visitors; noted social entrepreneurs, scholars, educators, and practitioners, to speak on campus and lead workshops.

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