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Fall ’22 Designer in Residence: Karen Proctor, Improv Lab

DSI faculty and design strategist Karen Proctor returns as Designer in Residence for Fall 2022 semester. As a continuation of her work last spring, Karen’s focus will be on employing creative methodologies and practices to help leaders work more effectively on complex social issues. She will kick off her first workshop in our Global Guest…

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Fall ’22 Fast Track Projects Announced

We’re looking forward to an exciting new semester of Fast Track: our honors program that grants students dedicated space to prototype and playtest personal passion projects. This fall, longtime DSI faculty Maggie Breslin and Asi Burak have returned as mentors for four diverse, hand-selected projects working to address underserved communities seeking to overcome specific cultural…

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Welcoming New Faculty: Fall 2022

This fall, we eagerly welcome back some familiar faces as faculty! Designer and DSI graduate Laura Ceron Melo (‘21) will be guiding our first years through their first semester in their Understanding Natural & Social Systems course, returning faculty member Kobla Asamoah will resume teaching Entrepreneurship to our second years, and past global guest participant…

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DSI is evolving!

Big news: we’re evolving! As MFA Design for Social Innovation enters its 10th year, we are welcoming change and moving forward with intention. Over the next few months, expect to see a new logo, new website, and new connections that will all support our commitment to creativity, curiosity and care! Stay tuned!

Reflecting on Summer 2022’s Community Design for Leaders Course

This week, we reflect on learnings from our Community Design for Leaders summer course which wrapped last weekend, and we think there’s no better way to understand CDL’s values than in the words of recent participants.  After two weeks of this summer intensive–which was jam-packed with lectures, group breakouts, readings, and projects–participants learned the values,…

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DSI Students Shape Career Paths to Care, Grow and Heal

One question people often ask us is “What kind of jobs do students get after completing a degree at DSI?” The answer: DSI prepares graduates to take their social design capabilities into many different environments and in every industry, in NYC and beyond, to support positive action. This summer, you can catch some of our…

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Join us for the DSI Thesis 2022 Show!

The DSI community is excited to invite you to our 2022 Thesis Showcase! We’re back for a memorable in-person event on Monday, May 9th from 1-4PM EST at the SVA Theatre in the heart of Chelsea. It’s sure to be an amazing celebration of our resilient graduating cohort’s hard work and dedication to making change within their…

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Art Therapy at DSI

As design becomes more integrated into social impact spaces that help create service delivery and program design, a core part of the work becomes engaging with community organizations and community members in a thoughtful and meaningful way. The role of the designer becomes a facilitator of process, collaboration, and outcome. When working with community members,…

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Career Prep at DSI

Some of our most frequently asked questions here at DSI are “where can you go with a degree in Social Design? What are your alums doing? What kind of jobs do they get?” The answer is deceptively simple: DSI graduates tend to work at things they love, and bring an additional ability to lead change…

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A Look Back on Co-Designing with Ben Norskov and Mohini Dutta

This past weekend, an assortment of first and second-year students and faculty gathered together at the DSI studio under the guidance of Games for Impact Instructors Ben Norskov and Mohini Dutta for a workshop on co-design: a process intended to generate capabilities and tools to utilize in their own work practice as they collaborate with…

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