Loyola University Maryland

Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Program Schedule 2019

January

Building Context and Community
Location: Loyola University
Date: January (exact date TBD)
Time Commitment: 2 hours
This first 2-hour session will include an Introduction to Design Thinking, an overview of Loyola’s commitment to innovative education and a mutuality meal, designed to break our unconscious biases and bring the cohort of Social Impact Fellows together as a team. By the end of this session we will have discovered what compelled each of us to this fellowship and what we hope to discover and advance together.

February

Setting our Intentions
Location: Baltimore, exact location TBD
Date: TBD 
Time Commitment: 3 hours (afternoon workshop)
During this second meeting of the fellows group we will present issues of inequity in the communities where we live, learn and work. Together we will determine a shared goal and commitment for this cohort year. Students will also participate in a mutuality meal, applying the lessons they learned in the prior month’s session.

March

Field Research 
Location: TBD
Date: TBD
Time Commitment: 3 hours
We will spend one half of a day in the community, listening and learning from those who experience our identified issue first hand. This is a critical first step of design thinking: building empathy, and seeing issues through the eyes and minds of those experiencing the issue every day. Students will be asked to reflect on their experience over the course of the following month through the development of a situation analysis, which they will write as a collective team.

April

Insights to Inform Action + Defining our Problem Statement
Location: Loyola University
Date: TBD
Time Commitment: 3 hours
We all come back together to share what was learned in the prior month’s field research experience. Students will present their situation analysis to the Mission Partners and Loyola Design Thinking team, using this time to clarify what they see as the issue to be addressed. Who is our audience, what drives them and what stands in their way? As this month’s lesson will stress, design thinking is not about what we need, but about learning what the community wants and needs to thrive, and then exploring possible solutions that could advance a more equitable future. We will then work together to solidify our problem statement, and begin early explorations for how the problem statement might be addressed.

May

What If?
Location: Loyola University
Date: TBD
Time Commitment: 3 hours
We’ll spend this time in Loyola’s Design Thinking Lab ideating on all the ways that the identified problem could be addressed.  We’ll vote on what “wows” the group, and what is worthy of prototyping over the course of the coming months. Students will then be broken down into 2-4 teams, to spend the summer months prototyping possible solutions to the problem.

July/August

Paths to Progress 
Summer Session
Location: Loyola
Date: TBD
Time Commitment: 6 hours (meeting and meal)
Student teams will reconvene for one day in the summer to present their prototypes to one another and to the Mission Partners and Loyola design thinking experts. A panel of community members will offer feedback on the prototypes and the group will then spend time refining their ideas as a team. Students will then take the next 4 weeks working as a group to further build out their single most compelling idea.

October

Team Presentations, Round 1
Location: Community, TBD
Date: TBD
Time Commitment: 2 hours
Students will re-engage the community to test their prototype in execution, and will then take the next four weeks to refine/adjust the concept based on their findings.

November

Final Presentation and Closing Reception
Location: TBD 
Date: TBD
Time Commitment: 5 hours (includes reception)
Students will present their refined prototypes and receive feedback from a panel of community leaders and design thinking experts. Students will then attend a closing reception to align with the annual Mission Forward fall reception, and will be invited to join a public panel to share what they learned and how these lessons might inform their future studies at Loyola and beyond.

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