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Design Thinking

The Hub utilizes human-centered design methodologies to enact changemaking.

Design Thinking

“Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.” - Tim Brown, Executive Chair of IDEO

At the core of the Hub mission and programming are human-centered and equity-centered problem-solving approaches. These approaches include iterative processes like design thinking to focus on understanding users in the context of the community and challenging assumptions to design inclusive and equitable solutions.

The Hub offers in-class Design Thinking Sessions to introduce changemaking strategies to students across campus. The hands-on sessions walk students through the 5 phases of design thinking: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test. Because of its intentional adaptability, the process can be a powerful tool for any department or area of study. 

Through the Innovators on Campus series, the Hub brings local impact organizations on campus to engage and educate the Rollins community about their missions. The series includes empathy-gathering opportunities, educational activities, and Innovation Sessions where students, faculty, and staff come together to innovate realistic solutions to a challenge the organizations are facing.

Get Involved


For information about upcoming Innovators on Campus and Innovation Session events, fill out the interest form.


For information about scheduling an in-class Design Thinking Session for your course, contact us at


Become a Partner

The Innovators on Campus series brings local organizations to the Rollins campus to promote their work and mission by engaging and educating students, staff, and faculty in hands-on activities. The series also includes an Innovation Session which brings the Rollins community together to create solutions to a challenge the organization is facing relevant to their mission through the use of the design thinking process.

If your organization is interested in engaging the Rollins community in your mission by being a partner of Innovators on Campus, email us at