The Global Innovation and Design (GID) Lab at the University of Washington Tacoma is supported by the Institute for Innovation and Global Engagement (IIGE) and provides human centered design training and resources through its dynamic network of community organizations. Using custom design spaces and materials for iterative ideation, prototyping, and testing, we work collaboratively with teams across academia and industry to tackle and solve problems.
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Building Campus Access with Students, Faculty, and Staff
The GID Lab team, including Winter 2022 awardee Aaliya Jones, conducted user research among faculty, students and staff to address the design challenge: "How might we enhance communication between faculty, staff, and students in a way that promotes consistency and trust?". Ideas ranged from hybrid work schedules on faculty and staff office doors to a decision-making flow chart tailored to our campus needs. Next steps include wider user research and prototyping.
Collaborative Leadership through Human-Centered Design
Addressing the questions of “How might we change how we work together?” and “How might we move decision making to its appropriate level?”, the GID Lab team led 15 campus leaders through need finding, ideation, and beginning prototyping. Participants created models representing shared culture (a flower) built on values, leadership, community, and mission, and a single vision (a building and a boat) led by leaders with a shared purpose. A second workshop on May 16 will take the group through rapid prototyping of systems and operations that promoted collaborative culture and unified purpose.
Telling the UW Tacoma Story though Human-Centered Design
“How might we create a compelling story to support Milgard Hall and its mission?” and “How might we identify and secure the resources necessary to comprehensively support innovation programming at Milgard Hall?” were the design challenges tackled by the UW Tacoma Campaign Leadership core design team, which included the Chancellor, Campaign co-chairs, and campus community leaders. Dr. Divya McMillin’s TBUS 590 Innovation Through Design Thinking students were trained as facilitators and helped move the core design team through a full design sprint.
A special groundbreaking event, comprehensive and compelling storytelling through various media, and multidisciplinary collaboration with campus and community through events such as Shared Futures were some of the prototypes quickly put into action by the Advancement team and the Institute for Innovation and Global Engagement. Milgard Hall is scheduled to open in January 2023 and we are ready!
Student Financial Wellness
The GID Lab Team facilitated two workshops for staff from UW Tacoma Student Transitions and from the Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU). Two design challenges, “How might we coordinate efforts to ensure financial wellness is part of the UW Tacoma student experience?” and “How might we create a Financial Wellness Program through the lens of economic justice at UW Tacoma?”, were tackled. The group worked through need finding, ideation and prototyping to build an environment of financial wellness for students. The cohort prototype led to creation of the 2021 Financial Wellness Cohort through the collaborative effort of Sound Outreach, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Office of Student Advocacy and Support.
Essentials of Management Program
Dr. Divya McMillin led a module on the fundamentals of human-centered design and the use of design thinking for business and social innovations.