“It’s really funny, I thought I came up here knowing exactly what I wanted to do, I thought I really wanted to focus on sustainable fashion. I ended up changing to Civil Rights, I did a complete 180 basically, so I think here at DSI they really foster exploration.” — Rachel Dixon
by Rachel Dixon
“Come Together Birmingham is dedicated to improving race relations in Birmingham, Alabama, and it explores how healing and reconciliation from segregation and Jim Crow can be achieved through open dialogue and creativity.”
As a part of a series of workshops introduced into the curriculum for first year students at DSI this semester, students had the pleasure of working with Lina Srivastava, Co-Founder of Regarding Humanity, on the role and impact of trans-media storytelling in Design for Social Innovation.
Rachel Dixon and Swar Raisinghani were invited to Implementing Impact! Strategies for Creative Intervention to present their respective thesis projects as successful case studies in developing social impact. Implementing Impact! is a one-week summer intensive exploring how to launch socially innovative projects for advanced college students and creative professionals offered at SVA.
“Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States.” Although much has changed and great progress has been made in the 50 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote these words from inside Birmingham Jail, there is still much work left to do. Despite the advances that have been made, my hometown remains the most residentially segregated city in the state of Alabama, and the 26th most segregated in the country.
Rachel Dixon, a native Alabamian, earned her BS in Human Environmental Sciences with a concentration in apparel and textile design from the University of Alabama. During her studies, she completed an internship with Perry Ellis International in Miami and participated in student fashion shows and fundraisers. Post-graduation, she diverged from her fashion studies to volunteer…