Programs and Resources

The Nancy Richardson Design Center is a hub for design thinking entrepreneurship and a magnet for creativity to facilitate meaningful connections among CSU students, faculty, and the community.

Nancy Richardson Design Center

University Innovation Fellows (UIF) Program

The Richardson Design Center will fund four junior-level students from different majors at CSU to participate in the University Innovation Fellows (UIF) program offered by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( for AY 2018-19. The students were nominated by CSU faculty, who felt they exhibited outstanding leadership, teamwork, creativity, and a strong interest in facilitating change processes/initiatives on campus around design-thinking to drive innovation. This fall they will participate in a design-thinking training program led by Stanford faculty and work as a team to design and implement at project at CSU. The team will be invited to a Silicon Valley Meetup in March, where they will collaborate with other UIF students and faculty champions from universities around the globe.

The 2018-19 UIF Fellows are:

  • Alonzo Alcocer, Landscape Architecture
  • Annaliese Cole-Weiss, Art
  • Nicholas Hahn, Interior Architecture and Design
  • Eric Thorson, Business

The University Innovation Fellows (UIF) program empowers students around the world to become agents of change in higher education. Fellows create opportunities that help their peers unlock their creative potential and develop the design-centered mindset required to take on complex challenges in today’s world. They represent the student voice in the global conversation about the future of education. They become deeply familiar with the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem at their schools, working closely with faculty, administrators and community stakeholders. They develop system thinking skills and learn a variety of design approaches that support their work as change agents.

For information about the 2019-20 UIF Application process, contact RDC Director Laura Malinin at

Community Connections

Ideas for future programs and resources in the new facility include:

  • Mentoring program connecting students with the design industry
  • Testing for innovative processes, products, equipment, and methods
  • Clearinghouse for community service-learning projects to give students the opportunity to design solutions to real-world problems
  • Design lecture series

For more information, contact RDC Director Laura Malinin at