The Center for Design Thinking is a central hub supporting the growth and implementation of design thinking across the Manhattanville campus. At the Cottage, students, staff, and faculty learn about, participate in, and integrate design thinking into clubs, offices, and curricula. These initiatives result in students developing knowledge and 21st-century skills through the application of design thinking to real-world problems.
The Center for Design Thinking promotes empathy, collaboration, creativity, action and iteration, and the value of curiosity. These skills are best applied to tackling real, complex, and unscripted problems that have no known solutions, also known as “wicked problems.” Through curricular and co-curricular activities, students have opportunities to experience and practice the process and mindsets of design thinking. From the FabLab, where students can engage in the practice and art of making, to workshops, where students can get a taste of design thinking, to full courses, where students learn to tackle real-world challenges, the Center for Design Thinking offers many active learning experiences to grow design thinkers ready to tackle 21st-century problems.
Working with community stakeholders to solve real problems in line with the mission and goals of a Manhattanville education, students are empowered to enact change. Through partnerships with our Mary T. Clark Center for Religion and Social Justice and our Center for Career Development, students take their knowledge and skills of design thinking and apply that learning to creative problem-solving with community partners. The Center for Design Thinking supports a problem-based learning education at Manhattanville so that our students learn to use design thinking to become positive, creative change-makers both on campus and off.