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Visiting Alison Cornyn at Exhibition “Incorrigibles: Bearing Witness to the Incarcerated Girls of New York”

On Wednesday, March 13th, a group of first and second year students visited “Incorrigibles: Bearing Witness to the Incarcerated Girls of New York.” The exhibit features work by DSI faculty Alison Cornyn, whose work focuses on the criminal justice system, and includes archival images and documentation from the New York State Training School for Girls,…

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Students Engage in Service Scenario Prototyping for the NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity

On Tuesday, March 12, Service Design Studio at the NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity invited first and second year students to participate in a service scenario prototyping session. The students were introduced to techniques for prototyping service interactions and provided feedback on a variety of prototypes the Studio is in the middle of developing and testing for their Pathways…

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DSI Team Collaborates to Diminish the Flow of Young People from Foster Care to Homelessness

Rosanne Haggerty and Community Solutions have been long term friends of DSI. Over the years we have partnered on projects in Brownsville, and conducted workshops for a gathering of communities working to achieve zero chronic and veteran’s homelessness through an organization called Built for Zero. Last fall, the Larson Family Foundation engaged DSI Chair Cheryl…

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Congratulations to the 2019 Alumni Scholarship Award Recipients

Congratulations to second year students Rutvi Gupta, Taylor Sokolowski, and Catalina Cipri, who were awarded scholarships from the SVA Alumni Society. Applications to the Alumni Scholarship Award Fund are reviewed by an alumni panel; selected projects receive cash awards from $500 to $2000 intended to cover project expenses. Awards are distributed annually to undergraduate and…

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A First Reunion for the First MFA Program in Social Design

On Saturday, January 26th, DSI held its first Alum Reunion. At a Jeffersonian style lunch, representatives from every graduating class since the program opened shared recent successes and discussed ways to establish broader connections through which they can keep in touch and continue learning.

Alumna Sandy Guberti-Ng tackles the risks that come with innovation at

“Innovation is inherently risky.” As part of’s Amplify Program, alumna Sandy Guberti-Ng published an article on Medium on “Designing for Risk in Innovation.” The piece explores how organizations navigate uncertainty as they test innovative, and thus risky, ideas and models, and how understanding market and operational risks can make or break an organization’s success.…

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Hrudaya Veena Yanamandala, ’18, wins for thesis project at the HCI International 2018

Hrudaya Veena Yanamandala, ‘18, participated recently in the Human Computer Interaction Conference 2018 in Bangalore, India, which attracts academics from all over the world to discuss and collaborate on their work. Hrudaya presented her thesis work under this year’s theme of “Beyond and Behind the Screen.” She won second place for her project, “Headway: a survivor’s guide to…

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Measuring the Difference Design Makes: the Evolution of the Measured Lab is a research initiative launched by DSI, for the purpose of measuring the difference social design makes on human health. It began as a symposium two years ago, in which leaders in healthcare, design, philanthropy and business came together to compare measurement experiences and begin a dialog about how design’s benefits can be quantified.…

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Practicing What we Teach: DSI’s Network of Partners and Collaborators

Social Design is a collaborative process, but the degree to which it is effective depends on the quality of collaboration, and the diversity and capabilities of collaborators. We are honored at DSI to include in our network some of the most accomplished individuals and organizations working to solve the critical issues of our time. These…

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Five Good Reasons to Submit Your Application to DSI by January 15

A degree from DSI is transformative. It opens opportunities, ideas and capacity for leading change that are unimaginable before they’re experienced. Going back to school is the most self-indulgent thing you can do for yourself. If you are out in the world working, become a learner again allows you to recalibrate and come back to…

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