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TYL4Grads Introduction
To help graduate students think creatively about their future and tackle hard questions about who they are, what they care about, and how they can design a life with impact after graduate school, we designed and launched “Taylor Your Life for Graduate Students” (TYL4Grads), a weekly 2-hour lab that met for a month, open to all graduate students at Tulane University.

TYL4Grads is based on the popular course Taylor Your Life, a 2-credit hour social impact career development lab that teaches undergraduate students to “Taylor” their life by applying methods and mindsets of design thinking (human-centered design) to career development.

The first cohort was comprised of 24 brave students representing 8 different schools within Tulane, including business, law, architecture, liberal arts, medicine and public health. Students were enrolled in a master’s or a Ph.D. program and met on Fridays for two hours during the four-week workshop series.

We found that stress and anxiety due to uncertainty about the next steps was natural and common among many graduate students who felt like they should have it “all figured out by now.” These brave students committed to stepping outside of their routine and comfort zone and being vulnerable amongst their peers in applying design mindsets to their own life discovery.

Based on pre and post surveys of the program, the four biggest areas of growth for participants are summarized below.

Four Greatest Areas of Learning from the Program

Mehr Manzoor is a Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan and a Ph.D. candidate at Tulane University in the department of Health Policy and Management. At Taylor, Mehr serves as the Life Design Graduate Assistant, supporting Taylor staff on the Taylor Your Life curriculum and the Changemaker RLC programming assessment.

Mehr’s research focuses on gender equality and women’s leadership in global health, with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries. She is a member of Gender Equity Hub (GEH) which is a one of the eight thematic hubs of Global Health Workforce Network at the World Health Organization (WHO) and served as a research director at Women in Global Health. In 2018, Mehr was selected as an Emerging Voice for Global Health (EV4GH) Program. She was also recently included among the top 100 global influencers on Gender Equality and Diversity by Onalytica, published on International Women’s Day 2019. Mehr is the lead author on the first ever technical report “Delivered by women, led by men: A Gender and Equity analysis in the Global Health and Social Care Workforce” published by WHO and released on 63rdCommission on the Status of Women at the UN headquarters, NY.

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