This year for the first time, DSI held a virtual thesis show to honor the incredible work of our graduating class. Though we could not be together in person, the show–which took the form of four incredible panels moderated by Hilary Sedovic of Creative Reaction Lab, Rasmia Kirmani-Frye founder of the Fund for Public Housing, Designer in Residence Sloan Leo, and our very own Karen Proctor–granted the closure we all hoped for. Our students did a wonderful job at talking through their work and sharing insights with one another, and we are so proud and excited to see what they do after DSI.
Our Chair, Miya Osaki, shared some parting words for the cohort:
“Congratulations to the Class of 2020. You have all demonstrated how social designers collaborate with people, neighborhoods, all living things and ecosystems to make way for greater diversity, equity, sustainability, resilience, and health in our communities and on our planet.
This is a historical moment. And you are a part of it. These projects are the emotional conclusion to many months of hard work brought to a dramatic pause and then accelerated into achievements. We are extremely proud of you all. The videos will live on. You have made my first year as chair the most memorable, meaningful event in my career. It’s an honor to be the one to tell you to get out into the world quickly and give it all you’ve got.”
If you missed the panels, or just want to revisit them, they are all viewable on our 2020 Thesis Website alongside individual project videos created by our students. Please keep an eye out for some upcoming posts featuring Q&A and memorable moments that arose from each conversation.