DSI Alyson Fraser Diaz and Nishita Chheda on Trauma-Informed Design


Monica Snellings has been surrounded by policy and politics for the past 20 years, leading design teams and raising a family on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. She’s worked with government agencies and nonprofit organizations in the development of behavior, policy, and strategic communication materials. At the National Institute of Aging, she helped create Go4Life, an integrated campaign that encouraged seniors to fit more exercise into their everyday lives. This project, along with her time as the design director of AARP’s International Journal, encouraged her to seek out other ways to make a social impact and brought her to DSI. She’s interested in collaborative living, civic engagement, healthy aging, education, and the arts. She currently works with the Brooklyn Commune, a public visioning project that investigates the economics of cultural production in the United States, and is helping to remake K-12 social studies education with Citizen: Me and the National Council for the Social Studies.

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