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NEXT WEEK: DSI Thesis Show 2021!

Next week, we will be returning in-person to SVA for our live Thesis Show! We’re so proud of the work our students have developed over the course of this uniquely challenging year, and know that their presentations will be extraordinary. 

The graduating cohort will be presenting their work at the SVA’s Theatre’s Beatrice Auditorium on Thursday, May 6 beginning at 11:30AM following some words by our chair, Miya Osaki and George Aye of Greater Good Studio. We will also be joined by our four amazing advisors and practitioners in design (Sloan Leo, FLOX Studio; Kara Meyer, +POOL; Sahar Ghaheri, Grey Area Collective; and Mari Nakano, NYC Mayor’s Office), who have guided our students through the intensive process.

While our audience will remain limited to the cohort, staff, and faculty, you can tune in to our Youtube stream from home to watch the live presentations with us! In order to access the livestream, please register to attend via Eventbrite, and read through our thesis website to for additional details and information on each project, which can be previewed below: 

Amwaj Alzahrani’s project, “Kind”, is a platform that celebrates the art of people with Down Syndrome, fosters their talents, spreads hope and positivity among families, and shows the local Saudi community how awesome and creative people with Down Syndrome can be.

Jacqueline Bao’s project, “___ Around”, calls for heightened awareness of urban wildlife in NYC, aiming to create a relationship and foster healthy coexistence between wildlife and humans.

Veda Borgave’s “Hundred on 100” reimagines community support for young adults with Type 1 Diabetes in India. It is a set of tools curated by the community, for the community along with a framework to provide smoother transitions and changes to their lives.

Leah Brown’s “Community Conservation: Creating Connection Through Closure” is connecting communities affected by the closure of East River Park through a park celebration event and creating a shared alternative green space map, which will strengthen community resiliency.

Nishita Chheda & Alyson Fraser Diaz have developed “Side By Side”–a system of tools and resources that supports the healing process for survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones. 

Nidhi Desai’s project, “The Missing Ingredient” is a community space to support the work of New York Common Pantry. It aims to educate, persuade and facilitate conversations which are moderated by nutrition educators about local, seasonal and traditional foods with parents/caregivers to bring nutrition security for them and their families in order to prevent childhood obesity in the Bronx.

Shuyu Fang’s “Museum Unmuted” is a non-traditional interactive platform designed to elevate the voices of BIPOC museum staff by connecting them with visual designers to demonstrate injustices and inequalities they face in visually compelling ways.

Hailey Feng’s “More Than One” is creating an environment where Chinese young women can support each other and build a community to cope with body shaming and appearance anxiety.

Janvi Ghatalia and Mahima Jaju have teamed up to create “The Crossover”–an educational curriculum co-created with people with disabilities to address the misrepresentation of disability in Indian films. By amplifying the voices of the disability community and making young filmmakers aware and responsible, the project aims to eventually shift the damaging perceptions that films have created.

Yiran Guo’s project “Autism in the Future” aims to build a more inclusive environment for students on the Autism spectrum in China by changing the perceptions and raising the awareness of autism in society.

Zhiqiang Li & Annan Yang and have joined forces to create a new framework for “Rural & Online Education”–which cooperates with public welfare organizations that organize rural volunteer education activities and use online education to create new online and offline classroom models to help improve the quality of education in rural areas?

Laura Ceron Melo’s “Art Portal” is a digital platform that celebrates artists with justice involvement by elevating their (art)work and experiences. It’s a tool and pathway to inspire other people with justice involvement, and inform the general public on the importance of the arts and creative self-expression in the reentry and criminal justice fields.

Qingyi Bridget Qian, Evan Ressegger, and Dasha Zlochevsky banded together to reimagine restaurant resilience with their project, “Rooted Restaurants”–which focuses on local solutions and tools to increase communications between restaurants on Avenue B in the East Village and their respective communities. 

Sherrie Shao’s project  “Hey Lady” helps facilitate conversations on sexual and reproductive health among Chinese immigrant women.

Qianwen Sharon Xing’s project “Nihao(Hello), Friends” aims to enrich senior Chinese immigrants’ lives in New York City by building a community to reduce social isolation caused by the pandemic.

Sohoon Yi’s “From Harm to Harmony” aims to build reformative mission principles by considering cultural diversity and reduce harm to their engaged population.

Esther Jingxin Yip’s “Bersama-sama: Healthy To(gather)” is a collaborative field guide to grow relational care in Singapore’s low-income rental neighbourhoods, through community-centered gatherings around health and nutrition. Using meaningful dialogue and creative facilitation, we nurture equitable relationships with communities━ unveiling and appreciating personal stories, natural networks and collective wisdom.

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