The Design Thinking Initiative’s mission is to empower the communities we belong to with design methodologies and opportunities for hands-on making that lead to responsible innovation.
We Believe in Being
Design Methodologies and Opportunities for Hands-On Making
The Design Thinking Initiative began as a pilot program launched in 2015 by a group of faculty from across disciplines to incorporate design methods, mindsets and practices into interdisciplinary work across new and existing classes, and to support student- and faculty-led design projects.
‘A Part of the Integrative Learning Team’
“Integrative Learning brings together multiple units at Smith College who share a mission to develop agency in Smith students and help them transform that agency into informed, purposeful action via the integration of their curricular and co-curricular experiences. This work is supported by a broader culture of curiosity, humility and reflection, which we seek to cultivate at the college. The current partners of the Integrative Learning team are the Conway Center, Design Thinking Initiative, Wurtele Center for Leadership, and Integrative and Reflective Practices.”