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Karina Davila (‘17) is Using Social Innovation for Economic Equity at Visa and Beyond

For the past year and a half, ‘17 Alum Karina Davila has been honing her skills in research and user experience design with Visa’s Innovation Centers in San Francisco. As their Senior UX Designer of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, her work varies from client to client, but the ultimate goal is advancing widespread financial inclusion…

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Are you a Design for America Alumni?

MFA Design for Social Innovation (DSI) at the School of Visual Arts is offering a scholarship awarding $10,000 per year to one Design for America member who applies by Jan 15, 2020. DSI is the first MFA of its kind, located in the heart of New York City. It’s a two-year, STEM-certified social design program.…

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Welcoming Sloan Leo: Designer In Residence for Spring 2020

We are very excited to announce the upcoming addition of our very first Designer In Residence: the brilliant Sloan Leo! Sloan is a community-centered designer, facilitator and strategist currently working as the Chief of Staff at The Trust for Public Land (TPL). They apply creative problem solving, experience design and grassroots community development tactics to…

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Three Reasons to Apply by Jan. 15th

You want to design a career with a purpose. It’s time to start now. When you apply to DSI early, you maximize the opportunities available to you. Here are some reasons why you should apply before our Jan. 15 priority deadline: An early application increases your likelihood of being considered for the program. If you’re…

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M&E at DSI

M&E, or Monitoring and Evaluation, is an important tool in social design here at DSI. Monitoring is the routine process of data collection and measurement of progress towards program objectives, and evaluation is the use of social research methods to systematically investigate a program’s effectiveness. In other words, M&E helps us understand the impact of…

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Announcing the 2020 Paul Polak Scholarship

We are excited to announce that for a sixth year, we are pleased to offer the Paul Polak Scholarship from MFA Design for Social Innovation. This $10,000 a year scholarship will be awarded to one student in the class of 2022. In light of his recent passing, we hope that this award will be one…

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Guest Lecture: Transparency in the Cocoa Industry (and what’s behind your Halloween Chocolate)

On Wednesday, October 30, our Understanding Natural and Social Systems class was joined by DSI Alum Rhea Rakshit (‘15) guest lecture and discussion. As the current Director of Product & Design at Sourcemap, Rhea works with companies to improve their traceability and transparency using innovation technology and supply chain mapping. The goal of the lesson…

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Envisioning Climate Change at Arcadia Earth

2016 Alumnus Kyle Calian has helped coordinate the New York Times reviewed pop-up installation ARCADIA EARTH, which is currently running in the East Village of Manhattan. ARCADIA EARTH is a collaboration between more than a dozen environmental artists that creatively depicts our global ecological crisis. The multi-room exhibition features video projections, augmented reality, and virtual…

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Open House 2019 in Review

Open House was attended by a great group of over 20 prospective MFA candidates who were met by students, faculty, and alumni that all had valuable insights into the amazing program that is DSI. The enthusiasm and pride in the work we do was apparent, and potential students were given a clear look into the…

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Remembering Dr. Paul Polak, A Pioneer in Social Innovation

We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Dr. Paul Polak. Paul has been a friend, adviser and inspiration to our program. A revolutionary and pioneer in the field of social innovation, he worked tirelessly throughout his career to end poverty and through his social enterprises has improved the lives of over twenty million…

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