- — 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) is a unique hybrid format that lets you learn at your own pace and fits into your life. The program offers learning through online courses while also giving you in-person opportunities to create community with campus convenings. 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 that lets you learn at your own pace and fits into your life with opportunities to create community. Full program tuition is $5250, with a $600 discount applied to early applicants. The program is seven months long and begins on September 8, 2020.
Design Thinking For Social Innovation (8 weeks)
Engagement for Impact (3 weeks)
Convening has been moved to online format (October 26, 27, 28: 10 am – 1 pm)
Define, Design, Pilot
Self & Society
Optional Convening (February 19)
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 is the Creative Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy, a research and training center based in UPenn's School of Social Policy and Practice. There, he oversees the design and facilitation of all programming, leveraging organizational psychology and design-thinking to help impact leaders work more effectively and compassionately. Beyond campus, Kaveh develops leadership programs and facilitates for impact-driven organizations, including the World Bank, Obama Foundation, and Amnesty International.
Check out our 2020 XSD viewbook for full program details.
Webinars will take place on Thursday, May 21 at 5 pm ET or Friday, June 19 at noon ET. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to select your webinar and receive log-in information.