Last week we welcomed back our returning students to DSI with our second annual Second Year Bootcamp. Facilitated by chair Cheryl Heller, faculty Miya Osaki and alum Jade Broomfield, students were given an assignment to represent one specific health-related problem as seen through the perspective of someone who lives in the Harlem neighborhood of upper Manhattan.
Students visited Harlem to look for issues that impact the physical, mental and emotional health of those living in this neighborhood. Students collected artifacts such as objects, printed materials, sketches, stories, photos, audio and video related to health. Then they worked in teams of four for several hours to create an installation using the artifacts to clearly define and frame the issues they observed. This workshop jumpstarts the process of defining their thesis work. We look forward to following the trajectory of their work through final presentations in May.