Tulane University Changemaker Campus

Tulane University is recognized as a pioneer in social innovation education through the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design. Taylor cultivates a diverse network of Changemakers who are working together to create a more just and equitable society. Our university-wide, interdisciplinary initiatives are grounded in the teaching, research, and practice of social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and design thinking. Through the support of the Professors in Social Entrepreneurship, Change Leaders, and Change Team, Taylor builds upon Tulane University’s strengths in civic engagement and public service.

 

Minor in Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship (SISE)

Building upon Tulane University’s strengths in civic engagement and service learning, the interdisciplinary social innovation and social entrepreneurship (SISE) minor prepares students to use solution-oriented thinking, integrate theory and practice, generate and support stimulating research across fields, & better understand and create new models of social change. SISE will enable students to explore how they can be changemakers in whatever career path they choose, be it working for a nonprofit, a corporation, in academia, or starting their own venture.

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Changemaker Institute

Changemaker Institute (CI) incubates student changemakers by fostering learning and growth via community partnerships, mentorship, & the development of social entrepreneurial skills. (CI) supports budding social entrepreneurs who are interested in building social impact ventures that relate to a range of challenges, communities, and approaches.  CI participants either create their own social impact venture (such as a non-profit, program, student-run organization, or business) or build a new and innovative capacity within an existing organization. CI focuses not only on launching successful ventures, but also on equipping students with tools to more deeply understand the challenges they are addressing.

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Changemaker Residential Living Community (RLC)

Changemaker RLC is a community of open-minded and motivated students who want to shape the future success of the program and create positive social change in their hall, at Tulane, and in New Orleans. Students selected to participate in the launch of the Changemaker RLC play an integral role in cultivating the community’s atmosphere and strengthening the culture of changemaking on campus. Residents also have the unique opportunity to take classes in the residence hall.

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IGNITE: Community, Creativity, Change

IGNITE connects first-year students to people, resources, and opportunities to help them become agents of change at Tulane, in New Orleans, and around the world. This four-day pre-orientation experience encourages students to catalyze their leadership potential, learn from local community leaders, and build skills to create positive social change as a college student – all while discovering local cultural gems and enjoying the amazing food and music in New Orleans.

IGNITE provides students with an introduction to some of the social issues they will see in New Orleans during their college experience, and it also provides a series of mindsets, skills, tools, and resources to address social change. By the end of the week, students are empowered to choose their own changemaker paths and access campus resources to create positive social change.

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Kenneth Schwartz FAIA Dean, Favrot Professor of Architecture and Director, Phyllis Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking

In 2014, Kenneth Schwartz was appointed as the first Michael Sacks Chair in Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship and founding director of the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, in addition to his role as dean of the School of Architecture. Under Schwartz’s leadership, the School of Architecture became the academic home for the interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship four years ago. Since Schwartz was appointed dean in 2008, Tulane School of Architecture has become one of the most visible units of Tulane University in creating a national model of innovative and empathetic pedagogy working in close partnership with neighborhood and non-profit organizations throughout New Orleans and beyond. Previously, Schwartz was on the faculty at the University of Virginia for twenty-four years. In 2003, he won the UVA Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award – considered one of the highest honors bestowed upon faculty at that institution, with only one awarded university-wide each year.

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Laura Murphy, Ph.D Associate Director, Design Thinking for Social Impact

Dr. Murphy has spent the past five years as one of the inaugural endowed, “Social Entrepreneurship Professors”, developing the original design thinking and social innovation initiatives including the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (SISE) Design Thinking course which launched as part of the SISE minor in 2012. Dr. Murphy also developed the signature “Fast 48” weekend boot camp, now offered each semester, which promotes design thinking applications for social impact among staff, faculty, community partners, and graduate students across the university.

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Rebecca Otten Assistant Director, Social Innovation Programs

Rebecca Otten helps students identify their changemaker paths – where their academic interests and career aspirations intersect with a commitment to make positive social impact throughout life. She oversees Tulane’s co-curricular programming in social innovation and social entrepreneurship (SISE) and teaches “SISE 2010: Introduction to Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship” and the TIDES “Cultivate your Inner Changemaker” course. Rebecca is a Change Leader with the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Partnership and contributes to Taylor’s academic and community engagement strategies at Taylor. Additionally, Rebecca has volunteered with international partners such as Echoing Green, Dell Social Innovation Challenge, Ashoka Changemakers, and Clinton Global Initiative University.

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Stephanie Barksdale SISE Instructor

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Alessandra Bazzano, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences Tulane University School of Public and Tropical Medicine

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Shannon Blady, PhD Professor of Practice, Teacher Preparation and Certification Program, Newcomb-Tulane College

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Marcella Del Signore Professor of Practice, Tulane School of Architecture

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Maille Faughnan, PhD Candidate Research Fellow

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Elizabeth Townsend Gard, PhD, JD Associate Professor, School of Law

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Ron Gard, PhD SISE Instructor

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Lars Gilbertson, PhD Professor of Practice, Biomedical Engineering, School of Science & Engineering

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Jordan Karubian, PhD Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, School of Science and Engineering

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Julia Lang, MS Program Manager, Student Programming

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Rebecca Mark, PhD Professor, English, School of Liberal Arts

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Anna Monhartova, PhD Associate Director, SISE Minor

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Sarudzayi Matambanadzo, PhD Associate Professor, School of Law

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Vicki Mayer, PhD Professor, Communication School of Liberal Arts

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Thomas Sherry, PhD Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, School of Science and Engineering

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Allison Schiller, M. Arch Design Thinking Instructor, Academic Advisor

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Josh Schoop, PhD Research Fellow

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Changemaker Campus

Launched in 2008, Ashoka offers the Changemaker Campus designation to leading institutions in social innovation education. These institutions share the vision for higher education to become the next global driver of social change by transforming the educational experience into a world-changing experience.