DesignIS: Change » Veale Entrepreneurs

DesignIS: Change

  • Thursday, November 9, 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Baldwin Wallace University
  • Free
The DesignIS: Change workshop is an interactive experience that explores the power of design and allows attendees to think deeply about solving a social impact problem. Attendees will learn the six-step design thinking process, empathy mapping, and expand their imagination through creative exploration. During the workshop, students will receive a design challenge, reflect on a user's needs, develop a physical prototype, and present their design solutions.

Teachers and high school students both benefit from designExplorr’s DesignIS: Change workshop. Teachers gain fresh teaching methodologies by integrating innovative practices into the classroom. This workshop allows educators to expose their students to hands-on creativity, foster critical thinking, enhance problem-solving skills, and promote collaboration. Students enhance their problem-solving abilities through hands-on activities, promoting real-world skill application.

DesignExplorr workshops enrich learning experiences by empowering students to apply innovative ideas, preparing them for real-world challenges. Overall, this workshop equips educators and students for dynamic learning and future success in an ever-evolving world.

Areas of Focus:

Skills addressed include critical thinking, design thinking, presenting, problem identification, problem-solving and prototyping.

Morning Workshop Activities

  • Presentation with language setting
  • 3 mini-design exercises
  • Demo for empathy mapping

Afternoon Workshop Activities

  • Design challenge & design process
  • Prototype solutions
  • Group presentations & discussion

Dr. Jacinda N. Walker is renowned for her design, diversity, research, and strategy work. She is the founder and creative director of designExplorr, a social impact organization whose mission addresses the diversity gap within the design profession. As an advocate for young people, Jacinda proudly mentors several design students on portfolio presentations, professional development, and career planning. Her research on Design Journeys: Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Design Disciplines has been hailed as breakthrough work. This solutions-based thesis explores diversity in design disciplines and investigates effective strategies to expose Black and Latino youth to design careers. Dr. Walker’s future goals are to help scale diversity in design initiatives within education institutions, corporations, organizations, and museums.

DesignIS: Change Waitlist Request Form

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