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Fall 2023

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DSI is a graduate social design program asking:

  • How can design offer pathways that shift us towards healthy, equitable systems?
  • What conditions and collaborations enable communities, systems, and nature to thrive?
  • How can social design increase care and our capacity
    for change?

Social design
works with communities, organizations, governments, businesses, and the planet through:

Strengthening Relationships + Care

Advocating for health, equity, anti-discrimination, justice, joy, and healing, Supporting shared values and interdependence, and honoring nature’s wisdom.
Design asks questions over solving problems, with care.


Collaborating with communities, advocating for mutual benefit and abundance. Centering lived experience, while reducing harm.
Design can shift power, while building leadership and creatively responding.

Embracing Complexities

Breaking from things that no longer serve us. Recognizing the continuum and pluralities, and making the invisible visible.
Design supports new thinking over new things to imagine possibility and lead with vision.


Virtual Event - Ask Us Anything!

Wednesday, December 14, 9 - 10 am EST

With one month until SVA’s priority application deadline, MFA DSI invites prospective students to “Ask Us Anything!”.

Drop into this virtual event to find out why socially-minded designers and thinkers from around the globe are coming to DSI and why you should plan to get your applications done by January 15.  


Afterthought: The Gut Check Workshop with George Aye


Lokelani Alabanza, Founder of Saturated Ice Cream

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“Language Re-Formed” at DSI

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Helping reduce the half a billion pounds of fruit waste generated annually by restaurants in New York City by training young chefs to become zero-waste chefs who repurpose excess fruit into innovative dishes and beverages.

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