Since Cornell’s Winter Session debut in 1975, thousands of students have had an opportunity to get ahead in their studies, catch up on coursework or learn something new while earning up to four credits between the spring and fall semesters. Offered online this January, Winter Session once again gives students the chance to choose courses from a wide range of subjects in the arts, business, sciences and more.
A number of Winter Session courses, including “DEA 1112: Change-making: Designing Healthy and Hospitable Environments,” have become favorites with not only Cornell students but also visiting undergrads and high school students enrolled in the School of Continuing Education (SCE) Precollege Program. The design course will be offered again this Winter Session, Jan. 2-19, 2024.
DEA 1112 explores how design innovations can have a positive impact on the everyday life of people in hospitality, health care and senior housing areas. It also helps students explore possible careers. One of the course’s instructors, Brooke Hollis, the executive-in-residence at the Sloan Program in Health Administration at the Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy, shared more about what students can expect from taking the course this winter.
Who is the ideal student for “Change-making: Designing Healthy and Hospitable Environments”? The ideal student is someone interested in exploring the intersectionality of health, hospitality and design. DEA 1112 is an introductory course open to designers and non-designers alike. No artistic abilities are required. This is an opportunity to explore ways of applying design thinking, customer service and facility planning/design to impact future personal and work environments.
What do you enjoy about teaching this course? I, along with the other instructors, Nooshin Ahmadi, an architect and researcher in Human Centered Design at Cornell Human Ecology, and Heather Kolakowski, executive director of the Center for the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures at Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, love learning...