- — Designers
- — Architects
- — Urban planners
- — Landscape architects
- — Business professionals
- — Nonprofit workers
- — Government agency staffers
This innovative 7-month executive program from the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and the Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS) at the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) lets you learn at your own pace and fits into your life. The program offers learning through online courses while providing opportunities to create community and apply skills in an independent project. Learn about the nuts and bolts of human-centered design, community needs assessment, performance measurement and mobilization strategy.
Few programs combine rigorous training in design with strategy tools for social impact. This program integrates these two distinct but complementary subjects.
— Andrew Tolentino, XSD 2019 student
Our format lets you learn at your own pace plus includes opportunities to create a community. Full program tuition is $5250, with a $600 discount applied to early applicants. The program is seven months long and begins on September 13, 2021
Design Thinking For Social Innovation (8 weeks)
Engagement for Impact (3 weeks)
Online Convening Event (required)(October 25, 26, 27: 10 am – 2 pm)
Define, Design, Pilot
Self & Society
Online Convening Event (optional) February 4, 2022
Sarah is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and the Executive Director of the Integrated Product Design Program, a master's program at Penn that brings together design, business, and engineering. She also works as a consultant to corporate clients, training teams in design research methodologies and facilitating strategic product and business design sessions and teaches Design Thinking for Wharton Executive Education.
Julie is the Managing Director of PennPraxis, the center for applied research, engagement and practice at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, where she leads projects focused on community engagement, capacity building, evaluation, and neighborhood planning. Julie also teaches in the Department of City and Regional Planning, including first-year studio “Planning Workshop,” and Social Impact in Practice, focused on building skills and context for community engagement.
Kaveh develops transformative educational experiences for mission-driven leaders using trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and equity-centered pedagogies. Kaveh has trained academic and industry innovators, and designed online programs. Currently, Kaveh is a Lead Strategist at 2U, where he directs the company’s learning strategy for undergraduate programs. Prior to 2U, Kaveh helped create Penn’s Center for Social Impact Strategy and served as its Creative Director. He continues his work at Penn as an Adjunct Professor, where he teaches courses on design-thinking, social innovation, and social impact strategy.
Check out our 2021 XSD viewbook for full program details.
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