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Intro to Thesis with our 2021 Cohort

Now that our 2020 thesis show has passed, we are excited for the 2021 thesis projects as they come to life. Each spring, our first year students begin their thesis journeys in our Intro to Thesis course, taught by Natalia Radywyl and Alison Cornyn. In this course they are required to develop their own learning practice outside of the classroom, including volunteering for a minimum of ten hours to gain experience in serving communities, diving deep into community and relationship development, and documenting their design, reflections, and inspirations in weekly blog posts. Students synthesize their research using mood boards, system maps, research planning, data visualization, and storytelling–all capabilities they will continue to develop in their second year as thesis students.

The 2021 cohort captured their thesis concepts in punchy, thought-provoking ‘pitch videos’, detailing what social problems they are pursuing and why. Proposed topics include explorations of:

– Comprehensive care for teens with diabetes
– Sustainable and viable business models for social enterprises
– Communication barriers between children with Down Syndrome and their families
– Diversity and inclusivity practices in scientific studies
– Neighborhood reconciliation
– Addressing the desexualization of people with disabilities
– Community displacement in East River Park
– Available and potential social support systems for sexual trauma survivors
– Possible sustainable solutions for art and design students’ project waste
– Reducing recidivism of incarcerated youth
– Using public art to support essential workers
– Negative body image perceptions in bulimic girls
– The impact of food waste on urban wildlife
– Child nutrition disparities in low-income neighborhoods
– Social isolation in NYC’s elderly Chinese Immigrant community

We are so excited to see how their projects will develop once we are back in the DSI space for the fall!

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