Thanks to a very generous gift, Williams has officially launched a three-year Design Thinking pilot program, to be spearheaded by Richard Grefé, our Design Thinker in Residence (DTiR). Ric will be a resource for faculty, staff and students who would like to learn more about and engage innovative practices. For faculty in particular, he will be a hands-on resource for planning courses, assignments, and creative approaches to original research. The position represents a broader institutional interest in promoting creativity as a core component of the college educational mission for the campus community as a whole.
Design Thinking, a human-centered approach to problem solving, has been emerging at Williams for a number of years (see DesignWilliamsATimeline), and facilitated in great part by the interest of students as well as faculty and staff partners in Art, CLiA, Mathematics, and WCMA.
With its evolution from grassroots initiative to a more formalized pilot, we are excited to launch more robust programming and work during the 2017-2018 academic year.
Interested in learning more about Design Thinking? Check out these recent ruminations!