“Design Your College Experience”: Utilizing Design Thinking to improve Student Success

December 10, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. EST

Design thinking provides a framework for creative problem-solving to help college students design their college experience while giving them tools to thrive in an ever-changing professional landscape.

Why This Topic Matters

Many students lack problem-solving tools to successfully navigate the college environment, determine a major and complete a degree. This solution teaches students elements of design thinking, then helps students design their college experience setting them up for college success. Moreover, students gain tools to effectively maneuver challenges they encounter in college and after they graduate into a constantly changing professional environment.

Who Should Attend?

This program is ideal for student services professionals who are looking for an effective, exciting and impactful approach to helping students successfully navigate their college experience.


Design thinking is a creative way to solve problems. Used by the most successful business leaders, this innovative framework is now being integrated into college success programs to help students design. This webinar will introduce a design thinking framework and engaging activities to teach the framework to college students. The expert facilitator will then describe how Trinity College has integrated design thinking into a first-year experience course, a peer leader/student internship program and college orientations for at-risk students.

This interactive webinar will help attendees:

  • Explore elements of design thinking as a way to creatively problem-solve with students

  • Discuss design thinking activities to encourage creative problem-solving

  • Look at case studies of how to integrate elements of design thinking into college student success programs at Trinity College

  • Consider how to begin utilizing elements of design thinking on your campus


Pricing and Registration

Live Webinar Site Connection and On-Demand Download     $349

  • Access to the live webcast: invite your whole team!

  • Electronic links to presentation materials and additional resources

  • An electronic link containing a downloadable recording of the webinar delivered within 7 business days following the live webinar date (active for 15 days)

  • Only $25 for additional webinar connections for members of the same institution - great for colleagues who want to join in on the learning from different offices or off-campus locations!


Joseph Catrino, Director of Career Development and Special Assistant to the Vice President for Innovation, Trinity College


Joseph “Joe” Catrino works to expand career development services while creating an ecosystem of design thinking and innovation across the college for Trinity students and for the college’s partners, including Infosys. Catrino also has taught in the first-year seminar program, advised students, mentored student interns, and worked to develop Trinity’s new design thinking initiatives, which he continues to lead.

Catrino joined Trinity in 2015 as senior associate director of marketing in the Division of Enrollment and Student Success, playing a critical role in Trinity’s enrollment success and transforming the division’s strategies around marketing, outreach, and strategic communications. In 2017, he became director of career development and managed the strategic direction of the department, working closely with students, alumni, faculty, parents/families, employers, and staff. Prior to Trinity, Catrino spent nine years at Quinnipiac University, where he served for more than four years as the assistant dean for career development in the School of Communications. He also has held teaching positions at Quinnipiac and the University of Hartford. Catrino earned an M.B.A. from Quinnipiac University, an M.A. in communication from the University of Hartford, and a B.A. in history and communications/public relations from Marist College.

Catrino is a frequent presenter at regional and national career-related conferences. His most recent publication, “A New Approach: How to Prepare Students to Exceed Expectations in Internships” for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, highlights his passion for helping students thrive through experiential learning. Catrino serves on the Board of Directors of the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA) as vice president of professional development and was a facilitator at the Stanford d.school in summer 2019—Stanford University’s design thinking training for higher education professionals.

Event Questions?

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