DSI Welcoming New Faculty: Spring 2022

Jade Broomfield: This Year’s Winner of the Paul Polak Scholarship

“To me, design is simply creative problem solving with a dash of zaniness. I continue to be inspired by the work accomplished at the Design for Social Innovation Program at SVA and the creativity of people like Jade Broomfield, who is receiving the scholarship in my name. Jade, may your future zaniness far exceed mine.”
— Paul Polak

We’re pleased to announce the recipient of the prestigious Paul Polak Scholarship. Jade Broomfield, who joins DSI this fall, exemplifies passion and dedication to the field of Design for Social Innovation.

Paul Polak is a longtime friend, advisor, and all around inspiration to our program. For the past 30 years, Paul has worked with thousands of farmers in countries around the world—including Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe–to help design and produce low–cost, income–generating products that have already moved 22 million people out of poverty. Paul’s ability to respond with innovative solutions – such as the $25 treadle pump and small farm drip-irrigation systems starting at $3 – have helped increase poor farmers’ net income by $288 million annually.

Jade Broomfield graduated from West Virginia University, where she received the school’s Humanitarian award for her humility and service to the community. She is deeply committed to design for social impact, and as her tweets after being accepted to DSI made clear, she is over the moon about attending.

Congratulations Jade, we know you’ll be inspired by Paul’s example and are looking forward to helping your bright star rise.

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