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


Gabriela Reygadas, ’14, Looking Back at Her Time at DSI

DSI: Gabriela Reygadas, Class of 2014. Fulbright Scholar, Citizen of Mexico. Daughter of social activists and nonprofit leaders. Strategist Designer at Cirklo launching a division for the consultancy on social design. Passionate about financial inclusion, ending poverty and injustice in her country. Apply. DSI.

Emily Herrick, ’16, Designing Better Government

Emily Herrick, ’16, came to DSI with a clear goal: to design systems to help governments provide better services to citizens. “Social design is a complex practice,” she said. “Social innovation is a complex field. So I think if you are going to get an MFA in social design you need to have a sense…

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Jade Broomfield, ’17, has Two Jobs. She Likes it That Way.

Jade cares deeply about social justice, and has made it the center of her career. She is a public access design fellow at the Center of Urban Pedagogy, a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement in New York City. But she’s also a graphic designer at…

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Where They Are Now: A Look at Our Alums

It’s the end of another school year, and for this newsletter, we’re focusing not on what goes on inside our program, but on what our graduates are doing out in the world. We have always defined success as more than the number of students who come to get their graduate degree here, but also on…

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Catching up with Danielle Shepard (‘19)

Danielle Shepard (’19) was quick to kick-start her career in human-centered design after graduating from DSI, and her current trajectory is quite different from the work she was doing just a few short years ago. Before discovering the world of social innovation, Danielle graduated from George Washington University with a degree in anthropology. Soon after,…

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Emily Herrick (‘16) on Co-Designing a Better Criminal Justice System

Last month, DSI Alum and Global Guest Lecture instructor Emily Herrick (‘16) shared her co-design expertise with the Stanford Social Innovation Review in response to the current demands for anti-racist criminal justice reform. In the article, ”Toward Co-Designing a Better Criminal Justice System”, Emily and Caroline Bauer of the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity articulate…

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Alumni Scholarship Awards | Q & A Session | November 12

Hello Class of 2021! Need money for your final project? Funding is available! SVA students graduating in 2021 can now apply for the  Alumni Scholarship Awards in support of final projects: thesis, portfolio, or components thereof Thursday, November 12th, 4:00-5:00pm EST RSVP HERE

Ryana Bryan on Designing for Diversity and Inclusion Among Progressive Organizations

Since graduating from DSI this past spring, Ryana Bryan (‘20) is finding ways to combine her expertise in systems design with her background in human resources, recruiting, and UX design to facilitate more equitable hiring practices in progressive spaces.  As the recruitment manager at Cultivate, Ryana has been juggling a number of projects and collaborations…

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Jeralyn Richardson on Transforming Community for Public Health

Jeralyn Richardson–who has been leading the DSI’s Jump-Start program for the past three years–is using her background in public health to bring necessary change to communities amidst a pandemic and beyond.  With a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s of public health, Jeralyn got her start serving the working poor at a public health…

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You Can Come Home Again: Alums Return for a Special Lecture Night

Alumni Pragya Mishra, Josh Treuhaft, Rhea Rakshit, Sebastian Barrera and Akshata Malhotra returned to DSI last month for an exchange of knowledge and insights at the DSI Global Guest Lecture. They spoke to both current cohorts about their jobs, their journey, their passions, the wicked problems they’re working to solve, and how what they learned at DSI is helping them succeed.

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