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Four DSI students playtesting a game they designed and laughing together.

Thinking about an MFA in design for social innovation?

We are still accepting applications for Fall 2024
(just a few spots left!)

DSI is a graduate social design program that asks:

  • 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.

MAY 2024

Congratulations MFA DSI Class of 2024!

We’re celebrating the achievements of MFA DSI Class of 2024! Our graduates worked so hard in collaboration with communities over the last two years. Check out their exciting Thesis Projects or click the link below watch a video of the Thesis Show 2024.



Talking with Mari Nakano:
DSI Designer In Residence

Thesis 2024


Alejandra Mardonis Libreros (MFA DSI ’24)

“NeighBRONXhood” is a community-driven initiative sparked by The Bronx’s Hip-Hop culture, social justice, and environmental health. Fostering connection through storytelling and music, it engages young Bronxites in justice-based arts to amplify their voices and catalyze positive change for the project

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