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Supporting Graduate Students

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

Funding Changemakers The Taylor Center awards financial support to Tulane students and faculty interested in learning from and working with Social Innovation Organizations with the following programs: The Victor C. Alvarez Spark Innovation Award The Changemaker Catalyst Award The Social…

Changemaker Institute

Cultivating Changemakers Taylor’s Changemaker Institute (CI) cultivates changemakers within the Tulane community by building student capacities to identify and create lifelong pathways to tackle pressing social issues. Changemakers (n) – People who use their skills, expertise, gifts, and power in a…

Conversations in Social Innovation

Connecting Social Innovation Researchers Born from the spirit of the Social Innovation Symposium, the Conversations in Social Innovation series engage young scholars, research partners, and knowledge enthusiasts in discussions about research efforts through Taylor and the community, in a casual round table…

Design Thinking

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…

Internships

Learning from Community Leaders Gain real world experience through an immersive social innovation and/or social entrepreneurship public service internship.For-credit Internships at Tulane For-credit internships are available through the Tulane Center for Public Service Learn about Tulane Center for Public Service…

Social Innovation Research and Scholarship

Everyone has valuable knowledge to gain and share. The Taylor Research and Scholarship team supports researchers working to advance knowledge and understanding of the fields of social innovation and changemaking. We do this by connecting and cultivating a community of changemakers…

Taylor Student Employment

Developing Student Leaders Taylor Graduate Assistants (GAs) and Student Fellows are paraprofessionals who are responsible for creating and implementing Taylor programs and increasing campus and community awareness of Taylor. Students must commit to working with Taylor for a full academic…

Taylor Your Life

Life Design Education Created by Julia Lang, TAYLOR Your Life is an innovative career development lab that teaches students how to approach their future with the mindset and toolkit of a designer. Design Thinking can be used to tackle “wicked”…

Taylor-Advised Student Organizations and Groups

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

The Fast 48

Human-centered design for social impact 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.…

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.

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.

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