The Design Thinking Academy office is open for business. We are following guidance from the University to support staff members working remotely. The best way to contact a specific program is by visiting the program's website for contact information. Please see a list of our programs and centers. You may call, leave a voicemail or send an email, and a staff member will respond as soon as possible. For any questions, please call our office at  (616) 331-8229 or email

Grand Valley State University has embarked on a Design Thinking Initiative to expand understanding of and experience with this collaborative process of interdisciplinary and integrative problem solving.

The initiative will identify and invite interested members of the campus community and external partners to connect with and enrich the West Michigan design ecosystem. Students from any academic major or graduate program can benefit from learning about design thinking and how it fits into their lives and their future careers. All community members will be offered opportunities to learn about and practice design thinking through workshops, speakers, and projects.


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Morgan Block

Morgan Block

"I loved the emphasis of empathy in the problem solving/design process, and as soon as empathy was a focus, I found myself being much more invested and passionate about what I was working towards."

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