Vision and Values


A world in which all University stakeholders and community partners are empowered to design more equitable and joyful societies and selves.


Our mission is to build a world-class, world-serving design thinking program in which teams of students, advisers, and community partners conceptualize and implement innovations that address seemingly intractable societal issues.


  • Tackle wicked problems with humility and chutzpah
  • Deliver concrete outcomes, providing end-to-no-end support for students and community partners over many years
  • Nourish cultures of caring, creative, curious, and courageous people
  • Empower individuals to design themselves within high-functioning teams and broader coalitions of structural change