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A Jump Start Into the Fall Semester

This week, we officially welcomed second years and our incoming cohort for the fall semester with Jump Start: our annual orientation week to prepare students for the learning ahead and to get to know select faculty and one another. We begin orientation every year with a long-standing tradition at DSI, giving each incoming student 5…

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Welcoming New Faculty: Fall 2020

We are excited to announce two new members to our faculty for the fall 2020 semester: our first designer in residence Sloan Leo, and Sahar Ghaheri of Designit. Sloan Leo is the Director of Social Innovation, at The VAID Group,  a systems design and strategy firm that helps build the capacity of values driven leaders…

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Fall 2021 Applications Now Open!

We are excited to announce that our applications for Fall 2021 are now officially open! Our MFA candidates are designing for challenging issues faced by communities in government, sustainability, education, health, art and culture, gender, equity, and immigration, to name a few. If these are issues that interest you, we want you here: learning, growing,…

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Sandy Guberti-Ng on Innovating Data, Communication, and User Experience after DSI

No stranger to the world of data, Sandy Guberti Ng (‘18)–who has previously worked with big firms like IDEO.org and CB Insights–is currently applying her skills in data and design to her new position as a software engineer at Teachable, and in her volunteer work with Catchafire. Since 2019, Sandy has been primarily focused on…

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Janvi Ghatalia (’21) is Developing New Methods of Communal Grieving in the Age of COVID-19

Rising second year Janvi Ghatalia (‘21) has spent her summer interning with Andrew Freiband at the Artists’ Literacies Institute. Over the past few months, she has been working with ALI on a project in collaboration with the United Nations. In honor of their 75th anniversary, the UN has launched a global dialogue initiative called UN75:…

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Tanya Bhandari: Co-Designing for Adolescent Health with Ylabs

When we last checked in with 2014 Alum Tanya Bhandari, she was working on a series of global ventures as part of UNICEF’S Office of Innovation in NYC. Now, she’s tackling a series of projects involving adolescent health and economic opportunity with YLabs: a non-profit design consultancy at the intersection of design, data, and youth-driven…

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Alyson Fraser Diaz talks Allied Media Conference & Hue Design Summit

Though the virtual space has its limitations, being able to attend two design events from across the country in one weekend is a definite positive! This past week, second-year Alyson Fraser Diaz was able to attend both the Hue Design Summit and annual Allied Media Conference, and was kind enough to share her reflections on…

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Welcoming Liz Jackson and Alex Haagaard: Designers in Residence for Fall 2020

We are very excited to announce our designers in residence for the Fall 2020 semester: Liz Jackson and Alex Haagaard of The Disabled List! Both have been working with SVA as instructors at MFA Products of Design, and we are looking forward to fostering a lasting collaboration with DSI moving forward. The duo kindly took…

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Why DSI? Kate Reed Petty. That’s Why.

Professional fiction writer Kate Reed Petty began teaching Creative Writing for Social Designers in Spring 2020. When she’s not writing or teaching, Kate serves as a communications consultant who specializes in working with civic and nonprofit organizations. As an editor, writing coach, workshop leader, and strategist, Kate has worked with organizations including Friends of the…

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Emily Herrick (‘16) on Co-Designing a Better Criminal Justice System

Last month, DSI Alum and Global Guest Lecture instructor Emily Herrick (‘16) shared her co-design expertise with the Stanford Social Innovation Review in response to the current demands for anti-racist criminal justice reform. In the article, ”Toward Co-Designing a Better Criminal Justice System”, Emily and Caroline Bauer of the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity articulate…

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