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SGSI 2021: Adventures in Design Thinking: A Experience

*Course is closed and no longer accepting applications

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 9 AM - 5 PM; Wednesday, Sept. 8 - Thursday, Sept. 9, 9 AM – 12 PM & 3 PM – 5 PM; Friday, Sept. 10, 10 AM – 6 PM

*12PM – 3PM will include lunch (on your own) and some self-paced activities (which may take from 30 min to 2hs).

If you want to succeed in a rapidly changing world, you will need to work with others outside of your discipline and learn from everyone and from every situation. This hands-on workshop will give you the opportunity to develop abilities used by designers towards these goals.


  • Leticia Britos Cavagnaro, PhD, adjunct professor and co-director of the University Innovation Fellows program,
  • Sam Seidel, adjunct professor and co-director, K-12 Lab program,
  • Meenu Singh, instructor, Teaching and Learning Studio,
  • Aleta Hayes, lecturer, Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS)

Audience & Capacity

Open to all graduate students in any discipline who are interested in design thinking as a methodology for interdisciplinary collaboration and have not previously taken a quarter-long course. This is not a product or service design class. Space is limited to 32.


By participating fully in this course, you will:

  • Learn design thinking as a methodology for boosting your learning abilities 
  • Explore the dynamics involved in working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Explore connections between design thinking and your discipline
  • Learn by iterative cycles of inspiration, action, and reflection


This 4-day immersive workshop will take students on an experiential exploration of design thinking, a methodology for boosting your learning superpowers.

Practicing design thinking is a means to develop skills and mindsets that are essential in a rapidly changing world: identifying and framing wicked problems and human needs, combining analytical and creative thinking, and adopting an experimental approach to bringing ideas to life. Students will develop these skills and mindsets as they work in teams to take on a challenge that interests them.

This workshop is designed for graduate students of all disciplines who have not previously taken a quarter-long course and want to explore design thinking as a methodology for interdisciplinary collaboration. The experience will help students consider applications of design thinking to their own work, and they will leave better prepared to take advantage of quarter-long courses.

Overall, the experience will be a springboard for the students’ exploration of how creative individuals and interdisciplinary teams can drive a culture of innovation in diverse contexts, both inside and outside of academia.

Past participants who took this course said the following about their experience:

“This course is life changing. -SGSI 2019 Participant

This course embodies what Stanford is about - collaboration, innovation, problem solving, and finding new and better ways to do whatever it is that you do.-SGSI 2019 Participant

This is an awesome course! You can apply the lessons you learn to anything!-SGSI 2020 Participant

Additional Course Expectations

  • No work is required outside of class.
  • Full attendance is expected.

SUNet ID required to log in; all SGSI correspondence sent to your Stanford email account.



Resource Type: 
Course or Workshop
Target Audience: 
All Graduate Students
Time Commitment: 
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