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DSI Grace Kwon (‘20) on Finding Purpose in Design

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Catching up with Liora Yuklea

DSI alum Liora Yuklea (‘15) has been working within the realm of design for impact since she got her start as a graphic designer in print journalism and grassroots activism at home in Israel. Though she felt she was in the right area of work, she found herself more and more interested in the strategic…

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Elana Wolpert (‘20) on ‘New-ness’, Passion, and Design

Elana Wolpert has known since graduating from undergrad that she had a passion for doing good in communities. Shortly after obtaining her bachelors degree, she moved to Istanbul, Turkey to teach English, and found herself staying in the city for longer than she anticipated due to her appreciation for the culture, language, and people. Her…

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Catching up with Amer Jandali (‘16)

Now the founder and CEO of evolving social design company Future Meets Present, Amer Jandali (‘16) has had quite the journey since his time as a nightclub DJ. For some time after earning his degree in International Business in 2010, Amer performed across the country and began his own radio show with a through line…

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Alisha Mahen on Activating Community Power at Acumen and Beyond

2020 alum Alisha Mahen identifies as a teacher-turned-designer. For six years before enrolling at DSI, she worked in a range of roles in the education sector in India–as a teacher, curriculum developer, and instructional designer. Most of these experiences involved working closely with underserved communities, through which she developed her passion for working with rather…

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Grace Kwon (‘20) on Finding Purpose in Design

Strategist and DSI faculty-at-large Grace Kwon (‘20) started out training in traditional visual communications design back home in South Korea. However, she’s always known that it wasn’t her true calling. Even in her undergraduate life, she packed in as many entrepreneurship classes as she could due to her desire to be closer to people and…

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Kartik Krishnan on Taking DSI’s Learnings Back Home

Since graduating last Spring, Kartik Krishnan (‘20) has begun sharing his passion for social design with clients and corporations back home in India. As visiting faculty for B-Schools and a Design Researcher for design innovation consultancy firm TinkerLabs, Kartik works with students and clients to implement design thinking into their day-to-day practices across an array…

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