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Delany Connor smiling, wearing a blue striped shirt.

Delaney Connor is a senior majoring in Public Health with minors in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (SISE) and Sociology. From Seattle, Connor’s choice to study Public Health was influenced by the inequities she witnessed growing up in an urban environment. She was drawn to Tulane because of the vibrant spirit that exudes from New Orleans. Connor views her position with Taylor as an avenue into the innovative energy born out of the city’s resiliency.

Connor was first introduced to design thinking through a SISE course she took her junior year. The course opened her eyes to human-centered mindsets and an obvious intersection of her interests in public health issues, problem-solving, innovation and creative design. A week into the course, she joined Tulane’s Design for America (DFA) chapter to gain further experience applying the design process to local challenges. Connor looks forward to using her roles as a fellow and DFA co-president to introduce design methodology to Tulane peers from all academic backgrounds.

This summer, Connor received the Taylor Changemaker Catalyst Award to fund her work with a multidisciplinary team tasked with designing Newcomb Art Museum’s fall 2019 exhibit The American Dream Denied: The New Orleans Residents of Gordon Plaza Seek Relocation. Curating a social history exhibit on environmental injustice in New Orleans revealed the power of art as advocacy. As Connor approaches her graduation, she hopes to pursue a career that satiates her creative appetite while fulfilling her desire to help people.

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