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DSI is Honoring Black History Month

This month–and always–we want to take time to acknowledge and honor Black history, achievements, and culture both in design and beyond. Since launching our Equity in Design Scholarship and developing shared intention and resources for the DSI community, we have not stopped in our mission to build an equitable space for students and partnering communities…

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Applications are still open for Fall 2022!

While our priority deadline has passed, you still have the chance to join the Class of 2024 this coming fall! Applications are still welcome.  It’s not too late to make your voice heard and apply to a cohort that will help design the future.  As we pick up where we left off and reconnect with…

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Spring 2022 Fast Track Students Announced!

This semester, our Fast Track honors program will feature four unique environmentally and community-oriented projects. The selected students have already begun developing these designs beyond DSI, and are bringing them into our space to be workshopped and developed at an accelerated rate. First year Grayson Wise (‘23) is working to find a new way of…

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Welcoming New Faculty: Spring 2022

This spring, we will be welcoming–and in some cases re-welcoming–a number of practitioners to the DSI team, and we’re excited to introduce them!  First we welcome back DSI ‘20 alum and one third of our spring ‘21 designers in residence to help co-teach our Global Guest Lecture Course! Ryana Burrell is a multidisciplinary designer with…

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Welcoming Karen Proctor: Our Spring ’22 Designer in Residence

This spring, we’re excited to announce that a long-time friend and faculty member to DSI will be spending additional time with us as the spring 2022 Designer in Residence! Karen Proctor, who teaches Leadership and runs her own social innovation firm, will be taking on the role. Take a look at her vision for the…

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Emergent Leadership: Community Design in Action

As a send off for the semester, our wonderful second years took the lead in blog writing this week! Read on to learn all about their final project for Leadership I, which served as a gift to our equally wonderful first year cohort. Thank you all for your hard work this semester! “The function of…

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Building Community at DSI

Students have been taking initiative all semester long to foster community at DSI–perhaps most notably by creating a rotating Values Committee. Born out of the Global Guest Lecture class and rotating monthly, members and value topics shift, giving any and all students interested the chance to collaborate and lead outside of coursework. This week, we…

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Mapping the Body with Marie Lloyd Paspe

This week, the first year’s Mapping and Visualization course invited dancer, singer, performance artist and creator Marie Lloyd Paspe to provide a new perspective on the concept of mapping and storytelling via choreography and the body. Before jumping into an interactive session with our students consisting of a guided meditation, warm-up, and spiritual dance party…

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Getting Back to Nature with Danielle Skinn’s (‘20) Compostable Pillow Studio

This week, we caught up with Danielle Skinn (‘20) and were pleased to hear that she has officially launched her Fast Track project under the name of Skinn Design! While she was a student here, Danielle participated in our honors course to develop her long-time personal project: compostable decorative pillows that invite consumers to “close…

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DSI Events: November

Throughout the remainder of this month, DSI will be either hosting or participating in a number of informational events with SVA–be sure to keep an eye out for us. These are a chance to come say hi and ask us your questions! Don’t miss the opportunity to make yourself memorable. SVA Graduate Admissions Alumni Panel…

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