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The Design Thinking Initiative hosts workshops, lectures, gatherings, collaborative opportunities, and celebrations throughout the year. We’re always playing with new ways to come together through Design, check back here for the latest upcoming events.

Maker Faire

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Davis Ballroom, Smith College
12 Prospect Street, Northampton, MA

Join us to celebrate artisans, technologists and entrepreneurs as they share their craft with the public. Creative play, interactive and participatory experiences are at the center of our Maker Faire. We will be highlighting the work of women, trans and gender-nonconforming makers, inspiring a new generation to pursue making as a way of being in this world. Visit the Maker Faire website.



Institutional Change Partners

The Institutional Change Partners Program is an opportunity for small teams of 2–4 staff and/or faculty members to bring a project, animating question, challenge or change initiative to an immersive one-week human-centered design deep-dive in June.

Is there some project, question or idea you’ve had that you think would make an impact in how your unit collaborates or contributes to the college’s mission or strategic plan but haven’t known exactly how to tackle it, where to begin or how to galvanize a team around it? This weeklong professional development opportunity will introduce teams to processes, tools and methodologies for making positive change within home units or across multiple units.

As a cohort, partners will convene for monthly lunch meetings to share progress, successes and challenges. The experience will culminate with an evening of presentations in late March of 2020 where each team will showcase their work. Partners must be able to commit to attending all cohort sessions (to be scheduled) in addition to the June deep-dive (June 3–7 from 9–11 a.m. and 1–4 p.m.), and the final presentations next year.

Please see the application for additional guidelines and principles.

Applications are due to Emily Norton by April 15; applicants will be notified by May 3.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about this opportunity do not hesitate to reach out to Emily via phone (413-585-4729) or email.

Co-Teaching Fellowship

The Co-Teaching Fellowship aims to promote and support cross-disciplinary curricular experimentation through co-teaching. We hope to lower the barriers for entering this type of collaboration by:

  • Facilitating faculty connection with one another based on overlapping teaching time-blocks.
  • Providing each awardee with a modest research grant to support their work.
  • Additional support (staff consultations and Capen Annex space access) as needed.

Guiding Principles

Co-teaching Fellows should model and encourage:

  • A culture of idea improvement
  • New explorations in interdisciplinary practice
  • Working productively across lines of difference
  • Student collaboration
  • Being at one’s own learning edge (as faculty and as students)