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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.

Graduate Student Opportunities

Awards

COVID-19 UPDATE September 22, 2020 3:30 p.m. : Per university guidelines, Taylor cannot fund experiences that break public health guidelines or university policies related to COVID-19. Please visit the Tulane COVID19 FAQ page for more information. The Taylor Center awards financial…

Changemaker Institute

CI is a social venture accelerator for Tulane graduate students that deepens students’ understanding of social issues, connects them to local mentors and experts, and equips them with entrepreneurial tools to create a social enterprise. Changemakers (n) – People who use…

Conversations in Social Innovation

Conversations in Social Innovation allow participants to connect their research with the pursuit of social innovations. Taylor aims to promote networking, explore pathways in social innovation research, and advance our social innovation research collaborations among the center, Tulane, local universities, and community partners.…

Design Thinking Breakfast October 2020: Jacinda Walker

“Are you smarter than a fifth grader?” The October 23, 2020 design thinking breakfast featured Jacinda Walker of designExplorr. She challenged adults to think about designing for a user with similar tools she uses for introducing design thinking to students.…

Design Thinking Breakfast w/ Marcelo Paiva: Designing for your future self

How does our own bias get  in the middle of our design decisions? We are driven by how we are brought up, the way we think, our past and current relationships, our circle of friends, how fast we move, and…

Design Thinking Breakfasts

Our monthly Design Thinking Breakfast is a space to build community among those using design, design thinking, and related methods for social impact with some local flavor, particularly from the greater New Orleans area and the Gulf South. These casual…

Design Thinking for Social Innovation

Taylor offers multiple programming opportunities for Tulane students, faculty and staff, and community members to learn the mindsets and methods of design thinking (human-centered design). A design thinking mindset puts people at the heart of understanding, experimenting and acting when…

Design Thinking Gumbo

An Introduction to Design Research Methods Design Thinking Gumbo is a series of one-hour workshops on a variety of methods that can be used in design research. Each workshop will introduce a method, share examples of its use in other…

Design Thinking Gumbo: Intro to (Virtual) Ethnography w/ Natalie Hudanick

On October 26 2020, Intro to (Virtual) Ethnography with Natalie Hudanick demonstrated how to use ethnography and ethnographic tools in a virtual and remote setting. The goal of this workshop was to learn how to use these tools to understand…

Design Thinking Gumbo: Using Critical Utopia in Research

Using Critical Utopia in Research A free virtual design thinking workshop Nov, 16, 2020, 6:30 to 7:30 pm CDT. About the Workshop The COVID-19 pandemic has made it necessary to explore different ways of thinking and re-imagining new futures. In…

Internships

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage students to pursue remote internships. Use these sites to find remote opportunities in your field: Tulane's Virtual Experience Program  covintern.com  Use these resources to identify internships, fellowships, and jobs with  social innovation, social entrepreneurship,…

Research and Scholarship

The Taylor Research and Scholarship team supports researchers working to advance knowledge and understanding of the fields of social innovation and changemaking. Our Work Our work consists of connecting and cultivating a community of changemakers at regular writing and research-themed social…

Reserve Taylor Space

Read on to learn more about our space and our reservation policies.Spaces Available Taylor Conference Room Conference room can accommodate 10-12 people. Design Thinking Classroom Design thinking classroom can accommodate 50-75 people. Who Can Reserve the Space SISE instructors, Taylor…

Student Employment

Taylor student employees are paraprofessionals who are responsible for creating and implementing Taylor programs and increasing campus and community awareness of Taylor. Eligibility Students must commit to working with Taylor for a full academic year. Must be enrolled as a…

Taylor Your Life for Grads

Taylor Your Life for Graduate and Professional Students is a a five week changemaking career development lab. Based on the popular undergraduate course, Taylor Your Life, this program is designed to provide students more clarity and direction of their career…

Taylor-Advised Student Organizations and Groups

The Taylor Center advises and supports many student organizations and student-initiated groups that help participants develop their skills as changemakers. Design for America Tulane Design for America Tulane is an interdisciplinary group of students working together using human-centered design to create…

The Fast 48

The FAST 48 is a three day weekend training that teaches the basics of human-centered design for social impact. Participants learn via short cycles of individual and group practice, including direct work in the community. Participants can include graduate students,…

Virtual Workshop: Using design thinking to shape discussions around Coronavirus

How can global citizens engage in meaningful conversations around the coronavirus? Monday, April 20, 2020 at 6pm CST, attend our free workshop: "Using design thinking to shape discussions around COVID-19 in New Orleans." This virtual workshop will focus on the…

Additional Opportunities

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 https://taylor.tulane.edu/activities/design-thinking/. 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.

Questions?

  • Interested in collaborating or learning more about graduate student opportunities?
  • Email us at taylor@tulane.edu.
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