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Interested in an MFA in social design? Join our bold Fall 2023 Cohort!

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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.

Financial Support

Learn more about Financial Support!

Envisioned in 2020 to support underrepresented communities in design, DSI offers the Equity in Design Scholarship to address intersectional oppressions and promote equitable opportunities starting with our own student community. The award aims to grant $10,000 to one incoming student.

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Spring '23 New Faculty: Axel

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Henry Obispo, Founder of ReBorn Farms & BornJuice

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Spring 23' Designer in Residence: Kimberly Tate

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DSI Thesis 2022

Sultana’s Dreamers

Zahra Bukhari

Sultana’s Dreamers are a creative healing collective co-created by Mala, Sumra, Sanobar, Ifrah and Zahra– all of whom are South Asian-American daughters of immigrants. Empowered by the short story, Sultana’s Dream by Begum Rokeya, we gathered in virtual community to reimagine a future inspired by the women in our past. In strengthening our creative, cultural intuition to gather, tell stories, and make, we began the work of intergenerational healing as daughters and as ancestors.

Check out the full project at the link below!

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