DSI Reflecting on Summer 2022’s Community Design for Leaders Course


Damian Ashton was raised in Santa Cruz, California and nurtured in the Northeast. He spent his teenage years as an activist organizing education-based initiatives focused on gender equality, which led him to attend Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. There he studied Political Economy and Cultural Studies, completing a year-long ethnography on the clothing, clothing brands and subcultural expression. After finishing his BA, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, to pursue a career in marketing strategy. Damian came to DSI with a passion for UX/UI research and design strategy, which is rooted in social ecology and sustainability.

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