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Ryana Bryan on Designing for Diversity and Inclusion Among Progressive Organizations

Since graduating from DSI this past spring, Ryana Bryan (‘20) is finding ways to combine her expertise in systems design with her background in human resources, recruiting, and UX design to facilitate more equitable hiring practices in progressive spaces.  As the recruitment manager at Cultivate, Ryana has been juggling a number of projects and collaborations…

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Thesis Intensives: Ideas & Scoping

As a continuation of our thesis intensive series, our chair Miya Osaki guided second years through strategies on appropriately scoping their projects. This step is pivotal in the thesis process because: “if you can’t properly scope both on a large scale (the end goal) and on a small scale (what is possible in two weeks)–you’ll…

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Thesis Intensive: Research & Interview Methods

This year as part of preparation for Thesis Implementation in the spring semester, our second years are participating in intensive workshops that will allow them to hone their skill sets and capabilities in a way that best prepares them to take on their larger project. Thesis advisor Mari Nakano prepared a workshop on research and…

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Fall 2020 Fast Track Students Announced

This semester, our Fast Track program has selected students working on impactful, timely projects across the globe. The selected students began developing these designs outside of DSI coursework, and have brought them into our space to be workshopped and developed at an accelerated rate.  First year Kehan Zhang (‘22) is tackling the needs of the…

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Join us for Virtual Open House!

Take your next step toward a purpose-driven career and join us for MFA Design for Social Innovation’s Virtual Open House to connect with faculty, students, and alumni. With this year’s online format, we’re excited to host two sessions that will allow us to welcome potential students from different countries and time zones. No matter where…

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Join us for National Portfolio Day!

DSI will be participating in National Portfolio Day on October 17th, 25th, 31st and November 22nd! If you’re considering applying to DSI and want some to receive some personalized advice, sign up for a portfolio review slot with our Director of Operations, Chessa Cahill.  This year, all events will be taking place online and are…

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Gearing up for Fall 2020

With a successful orientation complete, DSI is in for an exciting semester. This year’s Jump-Start featured a combination of design thinking workshops from members of our faculty, advice on the creative process from 2018 Alum Jeralyn Richardson, and an assortment of games and conversations that allowed the DSI family to get to know one another…

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Welcoming New Faculty Part. 2: Fall 2020

Our 2020 faculty continues to grow as we move into the new semester! This time, we are welcoming design strategist Sasha Charlemagne as a visiting professor, and welcoming back our own Grace Kwon, who graduated from DSI in June 2020. The two will be co-teaching our Metrics and Data Visualization course for second years. In…

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A Jump Start Into the Fall Semester

This week, we officially welcomed second years and our incoming cohort for the fall semester with Jump Start: our annual orientation week to prepare students for the learning ahead and to get to know select faculty and one another. We begin orientation every year with a long-standing tradition at DSI, giving each incoming student 5…

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Welcoming New Faculty: Fall 2020

We are excited to announce two new members to our faculty for the fall 2020 semester: our first designer in residence Sloan Leo, and Sahar Ghaheri of Designit. Sloan Leo is the Founder & CEO of FLOX Studio Inc.(floxstudio.com), a community design and strategy studio that collaborates with curious optimists committed to getting things done.…

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