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Faculty Alison Cornyn’s Incorrigibles Exhibition is Going on the Road

DSI Faculty Alison Cornyn’s Incorrigibles exhibition is going on the road! Incorrigibles: Bearing Witness to the Incarcerated Girls of NY was on exhibit at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse this spring, and included “archival images and documentation from the New York State Training School for Girls, oral histories of women who were incarcerated there in the 1960’s and 70’s,…

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Faculty Mari Nakano Presents for International Design in Government Day at the Code for America Summit 2019

As part of her work in the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, DSI Faculty Mari Nakano wrote about civic service design in municipal government: Hi everyone. This is Mari, the Design Director for the Service Design Studio. On May 29, 2019, I went to Oakland, California to the International Design in Government Day at Code…

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DSI Hosts Creative Reaction Lab Bootcamp Focused on Ending Mass Incarceration

Student blog written by Tara Maurice Have you ever wondered how the objects and systems that populate our daily lives got there in the first place? Things like racially insensitive T-shirts put out by big global brands? Or the facial recognition software that works really well, just as long as you are a white male? Or…

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Chair Miya Osaki Speaks on Care + Health at the NORDES 2019 Design Conference

At the Nordes 2019 Design Conference in Helsinki, DSI Chair Miya Osaki led a workshop titled “Stories of Health: Mapping Care through Cultural Probes” with faculty Tina Park in which they spoke on narratives for health and care, and led a journal mapping activity. The conference theme was “Who Cares?” and explored related questions, issues…

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DSI Says Farewell to Cheryl Heller and Welcomes Miya Osaki as New Chair

As of June 15th, Cheryl Heller will officially finish her time as Chair of DSI and begin her journey at Arizona State University as the Director of Design Integration. Cheryl is the Founding Chair of DSI, the first MFA program in social design. She designed the space, the curriculum, curated the faculty, and built the…

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DSI Alums Spark Social Design Conversations in India

Alumni Hrudaya Veena Yanamandala and Ishita Jain (’18) have joined forces on an Instagram account to start conversations around social design in India. @socialdesignindia features graphics and opinion posts to spread the word about social design and what it does. Read more of their work here: Is design just for products, buildings and services: an introduction…

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Equity-Centered Community Design with Creative Reaction Lab

We recently announced our partnership with the St. Louis-based Creative Reaction Lab. DSI works to partner with organizations whose core principles and goals align with our own. We define Social Design as the creation of new social conditions — in cities, corporate cultures or communities — resulting in increased creativity, equity, social justice, greater resilience,…

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DSI Turns Stem

We are pleased to announce that MFA Design for Social Innovation is now a STEM-certified program. Not only does this certification serve to formally acknowledge the multifaceted qualifications and expertises gained by our students, but it will also increase the accessibility of our program, as additional scholarship and grant funding is now available to both…

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DSI to Host Creative Reaction Lab’s Equity by Design Bootcamp Series: New York

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Creative Reaction Lab for the Equity by Design Bootcamp Series: New York. The bootcamp will take place the weekend of June 7-9 at DSI. The Equity by Design Bootcamp Series is an engaging weekend with a community of people interested in co-designing better, more…

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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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