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Innovation Through Design Thinking

Date and Time
Thu, Nov 17, 2022
11:30 am - 1:00 pm PST
Ivar's Salmon House
401 NE Northlake Way
Seattle Washington 98105
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Fish = Fish & Chips or Cedar Plank Sockeye Salmon
Meat = Cheeseburger
Veggie = Penne Pasta Pomodoro

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Innovation Through Design Thinking

Divya McMillin, PhD, Professor and Associate Vice Chancellor, UW Tacoma

DESIGN THINKING inspires us to ask better questions, redefine problems, increase agility in finding solutions, deepen collaboration and expand opportunities. As a core methodology of human-centered design, its iterative process begins with empathy, placing the human experience at the heart of problem-solving. Dr. Divya McMillin, Professor and Associate Vice Chancellor of Innovation and Global Engagement at the University of Washington Tacoma, will take us through this dynamic and creative approach to problem-solving, using examples from her work around the world and right here in the South Sound.

Read about Divya’s work here:

Divya McMillin, PhD, Professor and Associate Vice Chancellor, UW Tacoma

Dr. Divya McMillin (Ph.D. 1998, Indiana University Bloomington) is a Professor of Global Media Studies and Interim Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (SIAS), and Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Global Engagement.

McMillin has been featured as The Builder and Innovator for founding the SIAS Communication major (2000), the Institute for Global Engagement (2014) with its Minor and certificates in Global Engagement, the Global Innovation and Design (GID) Lab (2018) with its Minor in Innovation and Design, and the Institute for Innovation and Global Engagement (2020). She is Associate Faculty of the South Asia Center and Affiliate Faculty of the Center for Global Studies in the UW Seattle Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

McMillin’s pivotal work on the impact of satellite television on audiences and the television format industry across the world have led to three critically acclaimed books: International Media Studies (Wiley, 2007), Mediated Identities: Youth, Agency, and Globalization (Peter Lang, 2009), and the anthology Place, Power, Media (Peter Lang, 2018). Her analyses of global cities and convergence technologies are widely published in top-tiered journals and anthologies, meriting her Top Paper Awards from the International Communication Association. She is ​the only faculty to receive all three distinguished awards: the Distinguished Research Award (2012), ​the Distinguished Teaching Award (2017), ​and the Community Engagement Legacy Award (2021).

She has served as Cartus consultant for Russell Investments, Philips, and Siemens, as program consultant for the National Collegiate Honors Council and the American Association of Colleges and Universities, and is a member of various Tacoma community Boards. Certified through Stanford University’s Innovation Masters Series (2019), McMillin has led innovation and design thinking workshops for such corporate, non-profit, and government organizations as Titus Will Tacoma, Zenith West Gymnastics, United Way of Pierce County, the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, South Sound Together, and the City of Tacoma.


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