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DSI 2022 is a space to center the joy, possibility and imagination in re-designing what classrooms and educational spaces across New York City could look like. This work is an altar to youth-led movements and freedom fighters across space and time, the young people who guide us as ancestors and the young people rising up today for the spaces they want and need, right now.

Michelina (Mickey) Ferrara

Mickey is a community organizer and youth worker turned disruptive designer. She began organizing at the age of 14 in NYC and continues to imagine liberation and work towards abolition as a daily practice and commitment. She is co-founder of The Homegirl Box – a gift box inspired by visionary women and a worker-owner at The Rebellious Root Collective – a feminist multiracial collective committed to planting new seeds for gender and racial justice. You can find her designing graphics for the revolution and rocking big earrings in Brooklyn, NY.

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