Loyola University Maryland

Innovation Task Force

Program Schedule

September 2018

Building Context and Community
Location: Loyola University Maryland
Time Commitment: 3 hours

This first 3-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.

October 2018

Setting our Intentions
Location: Mission Partners
Time Commitment: 5 hours (afternoon workshop, followed by evening reception)

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. This session will take place in Mission Partners’ Bethesda office designed to coincide with the annual Mission Forward Leaders Exchange. Students will have a unique opportunity to meet and network with leaders in social justice who have used design principles to advance their goals. Students will serve as table captains for the event’s mutuality meal, applying the lessons they learned in the prior month’s session.

November 2018

Field Research
Location: TBD
Time Commitment: 5 hours

We will spend one half 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.

December 2018

Insights to Inform Action
Location: Loyola University Maryland
Time Commitment: 2 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.

January 2019

Defining our Problem Statement
Location: Mission Partners
Time Commitment: 2 hours

Following up on the prior month’s lesson, we will reconvene to solidify our problem statement, and begin early explorations for how the problem statement might be addressed.

February 2019

What If?
Location: Loyola University Maryland
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 next 4 weeks prototyping a possible solution to the problem.

March 2019

Paths to Progress
Location: Mission Partners
Time Commitment: 2 hours

Student teams, including a representative sample of their identified community, will reconvene to present their prototypes to one another and to the Mission Partners and Loyola design thinking experts. A panel of judges will vote on the most effective prototype and spend this session refining their idea as a team. Students will then take the next 4 weeks working as a group to further build out their single most compelling idea.

April 2019

Team Presentations, Round 1
Location: Community, 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.

May 2019

Final Presentation and Closing Reception
Location: TBD (Mission Partners?)
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 spring 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.