Elon By Design offers ongoing workshops and events for students, faculty, staff, and surrounding communities. We will work with you to create special events to bring design thinking to your course, organization or activity. Just ask!

Abstract diagram of the design thinking process.


fall in love with the right problem


listen to people, gather evidence, reveal insights


create options based on what you gathered


use what you created to make to learn


choose a solution to nurture and grow

About Our Workshops

Elon By Design offers a variety of workshops connected to Elon’s design thinking process to support design thinking learning paths, design projects in courses, service learning projects, entrepreneurship, and higher education innovation at Elon. All workshops are hands-on experiences where participants apply the design methods and design thinking concepts.


Review a list of potential workshops below and submit a request for your group using the form at the bottom of the page.

Elon by {Your} Design 

How might we design Elon graduation plans that genuinely support our personal, professional, and civic goals? This workshop harnesses the FIRE toolkit to help participants reflect upon their past learning experiences. Participants will also explore their preferred learning styles, Elon’s Act-Belong-Commit framework, and experiential learning opportunities. Request a workshop now and design more intentional and flexible pathways forward.

Cocreated by Academic Advising, the Center for Engaged Learning, the Student Professional Development Center, and the Center for Design Thinking.

Experience Mapping

How might I better understand how people experience complex situations? How might I use what I learn to change how I engage others and address problems? Experience mapping is a key design research method that helps participants understand how they and others are experiencing complex situations. It can foster the empathy necessary to better understand the problem, target areas for deeper exploration, and generate novel ideas to explore with others.

Customize a workshop to fit your needs

Do you have a unique design problem that might require a more customized approach? Do you have a new idea for Design Thinking workshop? Contact us to collaborate on a workshop specifically tailored to your needs.

Workshop Series

This series is student-designed and led in partnership with the Center for Race, Ethnicity, Diversity Education. Each workshop helps participants frame their own journey towards anti-racism and generate actionable opportunities for redesigning oppressive structures, processes, and cultures within their own lives and communities. You can request just one of the following workshops or participate in the full series and deepen your journey towards anti-racism.

Cultivating Anti-Racist Practices

Where are we each at in our own journey towards anti-racism? Where do we want to be? How might we get there? This workshop explores prominent themes from Stamped, helping participants frame and explore the impact of histories of oppression. Key terms, such as ally, accomplice, actor, segregationist, assimilationist, and antiracist, are explored. Participants leave with actionable prototypes for supporting their own journey towards anti-racism while staying resilient through their journey.

Cocreated by the CREDE and the Center for Design Thinking.


If you do not receive a response to your workshop request within three business days, please email

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