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Life After Dsi

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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Life After DSI: Josh Treuhaft

One can well imagine that the typical DSI applicant is an idealist. We who are interested in what Daniel Pinchbeck once called the ‘brilliantly nebulous’ field of Design for Social Innovation are those who are imagining the world as a different and hopefully better place. But alumnae Josh Treuhaft explains that while our program might attract idealists, it eventually makes pragmatists out of them.

Life After DSI: Monica Snellings

We are living in an age of rapid transformation and rethinking. Now more than ever, people around the world are questioning the way we’ve done things in the past, and have decided to envision a new future. But, in a world that moves fast — where there are no predictable outcomes — how do you define what skills are needed to change the world? There are no set pathways, no determined skill sets.

MK Loomis,’14, is Having a Huge Career

She’s a senior product designer at the huge interaction design company conveniently called Huge, working in their Brooklyn office immediately after school, then recently relocating to the office in Los Angeles. MK can’t talk about anything she’s working on (that’s a sign of someone who works on very big projects for very big companies. (Is…

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Liz Roffey, ’15, Mixes Social Design and Business in Silicon Valley

Liz Roffey came to DSI directly after completing her undergraduate degree in design. Most of her design peers were going into advertising or marketing, but to Liz, that “just felt really wrong.” She knew she wanted to use her skills for something bigger. That’s when she found DSI. Liz said, “I felt like it spoke…

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Meghan Lazier, ’15, is Bringing Education to Children All Over the World

Since the day she entered DSI, and likely for many years before, Meghan Lazier was committed to seeing every opportunity in front of her and seizing it. She is mature, motivated, smart and resourceful. When the opportunity came up to spend a summer in Kenya helping Erik Hersman launch BRCK, she jumped on it without hesitation.…

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Gina Kim, ’15, Entered DSI as an Illustrator, Left Helping U.S. Vets Get the Benefits They Deserve

Gina became interested in social justice through her original interest in art therapy, where she used her drawing skills to make connections with the people she helped. At the time, she didn’t know there was such a thing as design for social innovation, then she saw the DSI website. That’s when she knew she wanted to…

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Alum Akshata Malhotra, ’15, Turned Her Thesis Project into a Career

Working in healthcare is something of a family business for Akshata Malhotra, who grew up in a small hospital in her native India, where both her parents are doctors. Initially, she didn’t think it would be her calling too. A graduate of the Strategic Design Management program at the National Institute of Design in India,…

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