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Michelina Ferrara

Design & Politics Recap

To ring in 2021 strong, DSI teamed up with MFA Products of Design to create a new iteration of their biennial Design & Politics workshop, facilitated by our own Sloan Leo & POD faculty Jennifer Rittner.  Sloan gave us a recap of the course, which came at a pivotal moment following the insurrection at the…

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Spring 2022 Fast Track Students Announced!

This semester, our Fast Track honors program will feature four unique environmentally and community-oriented projects. The selected students have already begun developing these designs beyond DSI, and are bringing them into our space to be workshopped and developed at an accelerated rate. First year Grayson Wise (‘23) is working to find a new way of…

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Spring 2022 Fast Track Update

Our four fast track students have made quite a bit of progress since the start of the semester! Grayson Wise (‘23), Diva Gohil (‘23), Kehan Zhang (‘23) and Mickey Ferrara (‘22) have been researching, making, and collaborating with local and digital partners in order to make strides with their personal passion projects. First year Grayson…

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A Look Back on Co-Designing with Ben Norskov and Mohini Dutta

This past weekend, an assortment of first and second-year students and faculty gathered together at the DSI studio under the guidance of Games for Impact Instructors Ben Norskov and Mohini Dutta for a workshop on co-design: a process intended to generate capabilities and tools to utilize in their own work practice as they collaborate with…

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Art Therapy at DSI

As design becomes more integrated into social impact spaces that help create service delivery and program design, a core part of the work becomes engaging with community organizations and community members in a thoughtful and meaningful way. The role of the designer becomes a facilitator of process, collaboration, and outcome. When working with community members,…

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Michelina Ferrara

Mickey Ferrara is a community organizer and youth worker turned disruptive designer. She began organizing at the age of 14 in NYC and continues to imagine liberation and work towards abolition as a daily practice and commitment. She is co-founder of The Homegirl Box – a gift box inspired by visionary women and a worker-owner…

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