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Welcome, Wenfei and Esther!

We are excited to welcome an additional two faculty for the upcoming school year: Wenfei Xu (left) and Esther Y. Kang (right).

Wenfei is an urban planner, data scientist, and designer whose research uses data-driven methods to understand the geographies of urban inequality. Her current project investigates the impacts and legacies of redlining in American cities. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Urban Planning at Columbia GSAPP. This year, Wenfei will be teaching Metrics and Data Visualization I, a yearlong course in which first year students examine the theory and practice of gathering and visualizing data.

Esther is an independent educator, researcher, and strategist, who works at the intersection of social justice, public policy, and civic innovation by designing resident-centered policies and user-friendly services with teams across sectors. Under the Obama Administration, Esther served as the human-centered design expert for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Esther received her M.A. in Social Design from MICA, and is currently based in Brooklyn. This year, Esther will be serving as a DSI thesis advisor and teaching Thesis Consultation with our returning advisors.

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