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The Taylor Center works with campus and community partners to develop changemakers for a more just and equitable society.

Partnership Overview

We strive to develop partnerships with mutually beneficial learning opportunities; an exchange of ideas, skills, and resources; and reciprocal projects and scholarship that deepen social impact. Our partners embody the spirit of social innovation, design thinking, or changemaking.

We currently work with a variety of high impact organizations working to address issues in food justice, youth development, and community resilience. We collaborate with non-profits, for-profits, educational institutions, government offices and hybrid organizations at various stages of growth, including early-stage development.

Partnerships can take different forms depending on the needs and assets of the partner organization and Taylor team members. Some partnerships revolve around a single event, while others involve long-term collaborations with multiple people and activities across an organization.

  • One-time activities could include speaking to a class or joining a design thinking workshop;
  • Semester-long or academic year collaborations could include hosting a service-learning or internship experience with undergraduate students, partnering with a class to address a challenge faced by your organization, or developing a practicum experience for professional graduate students over the course of a semester or a full academic year;
  • Multi-year partnerships could involve the previously mentioned activities as well as participatory research, project design, and co-hosting visiting scholars. These partnerships have the potential to become a part of the Community Innovator Circle,a cohort of partners using innovative and human-centered approaches to deepen their social impact. These organizations commit to long-term partnerships involving multiple aspects of the Taylor Center’s work with annual financial commitments.

Become a Partner

Who We Are

The Taylor Center is a network of Tulane University faculty, undergraduate students, professional graduate students, and alumni from across campus working to advance social and environmental change.

Who You Are

Partners embody the spirit of social innovation, design thinking, or changemaking. Taylor aims to cultivate reciprocal partnerships in which both parties contribute learning opportunities, foster growth, and exchange complementary resources. Taylor collaborates with non-profits, for-profits, educational institutions, government offices and hybrid organizations at various stages of growth, including startups.

How to Apply

For consideration as a partner, please email for more information.

Partnerships FAQ

Q: Can individuals apply for partnerships?

A: Generally, no. We seek to work with community-based organizations addressing social and environmental challenges. Individuals who want to get involved can attend Taylor speaker events and workshops or reach out to specific classes and programs to share their expertise. Sign up for the newsletter to learn more about activities and other ways to become involved.

If you are interested in speaking to a specific class, please contact that instructor directly. Similarly, if you are interested in working with a specific program, such as the Changemaker Institute, please contact the staff member who oversees your program of interest.

Q: Does Taylor offer financial grants to community organizations?

A: Taylor does not have a grants program for community organizations. Most partnerships take the form of in-kind support, aiming to match current Taylor programs and people with the needs of high impact community organizations. Community organizations that become partners may receive payments depending on their specific relationship with Taylor, such as honorariums for speaking in a class or working with a program.

Q: What are the benefits of a Taylor Partnership?

A: Taylor partners can advertise events and opportunities through the weekly newsletter, gain access to Tulane students and the Taylor network, receive feedback on programs, and learn new skills such as human-centered design.

Q: As a Taylor partner, are we also a Tulane partner?

A: You are a partner with the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking of Tulane University. You may also be a partner with other units at Tulane University, which the Taylor Center encourages.

Q: Do we have to be based in New Orleans?

A: No. While many of partners are New Orleans based non-profits and social enterprises, it is not a requirement. Faculty and students collaborate with organizations around the world. Typically, partner organizations have a clear social mission, an interest in social innovation approaches, and a strategic fit with Taylor’s current needs.

Q: How do we start this process?

A: Potential partners should begin to learn about Taylor before applying by:

  • Visiting the Taylor website, signing up for the newsletter, and connecting on social media;
  • Attending a Taylor event—a public speaker, brown bag lunch, classroom visit, open-house, design thinking public crash course, etc, or
  • Reaching out directly to faculty and staff to explore possible synergistic interests

Q: How does a Taylor partnership differ from a partnership with the Tulane Center for Public Service (CPS)?

A: CPS partners are organizations that host Tulane students for credit-bearing service-learning experiences and internships. Organizations that want to host service-learning classes or unpaid Taylor interns are required to register as a CPS partner and Taylor encourages most partners to register with CPS if they are eligible. Organizations can be both a Taylor Center and CPS partner.

After Class

  • AfterCLASS is an initiative launched by Dr. Shannon Blady, Professor of Practice in the Teacher Preparation and Certification Program and the Paul Tudor Jones II Professor of Social Entrepreneurship.
  • The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking is a proud partner of AfterCLASS in changemaking education.


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