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DSI Thesis Show 2020

May 12, 2020

Welcome! To the DSI Thesis Show

This year for our annual thesis show, we are trying something new in response to the global circumstances. We wanted to give our thesis students a professional platform to celebrate their work in a more communal and conversational environment, and will be hosting thematic panels that will allow them to discuss with similar project groups. Each session will be moderated by an expert industry professional who will guide our students to think deeper about their work with room for an audience Q&A.

RSVP below, and visit our Thesis 2020 site for closer look at the projects. After the panels, tune in to a live showing of our students’ presentations and some words from faculty here.


10:00 – 11:00 AM EST
Building Equitable and Regenerative Systems

Moderated by Hilary Sedovic, Learning + Education Manager of Creative Reaction Lab

Panelists: Sky Wei & Cecilia Wang, Tianyue Zhang & Tara Maurice, Sarah Huang & Jiangyi Yu, Catherine Mazzocchi & Jennifer Ulloa

What does redesigning radically regenerative and equitable futures with individuals, communities, and organizations of the world look like? Join this conversation about the potential of social design to address the urgent environmental, racial, and socioeconomic systems impacted by the climate crisis.


11:15 – 12:15 PM EST
Race, Gender, Equity, and Inclusion

Moderated by Rasmia Kirmani Frye, Founder of the Fund for Public Housing

Panelists: Aditi Kapre & Kartik Krishnan, Xuan Cheng, Ryana Bryan, Lorena Estrella, Damian Ashton, Vanessa Yip

This panel challenges the dominant and systemic oppression that affects our relationships with race, color, and gender. Through storytelling, community circles, and creative practice, these projects seek to shape new narratives and build capacity for reimagining power.



10:00 – 11:00 AM EST
Community— Building Blocks of System Change

Moderated by Sloan Leo, DSI Designer in Residence & Director of Social Innovation at The Vaid Group

Panelists: Grace Kwon & Grace Kang, Dhara Shah, Andrea Miranda Salas, Dorothy Dai

These thesis projects focus on the creation of new ecosystems centered around people, place, and community. Each project challenges the status quo by creating new models of engagement within communities to activate their power and form meaningful relationships towards systemic change.


11:15 – 12:15 PM EST
Accessibility and Information Exchange

Moderated by Karen Proctor, DSI Faculty and Founder of Harbour Workshop

Panelists: Danielle Skinn, Monica Tarriba, Elana Wolpert & Alisha Mahen, Baitian Yu,
Kexin Lyu

Join our panelists in discussing how their thesis projects work towards empowering communities with information, exchange, and educational resources to provide the agency and capacity to make more grounded, life-affirming decisions.


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