9/22/2022 Fall ’22 Designer in Residence: Karen Proctor, Improv Lab

Tuesday May 7th, 2019

The annual DSI Thesis Show presentations will be held on Tuesday May 7th, from 11am to 3pm at the SVA Theatre.

This year our graduates have developed brilliant projects that solve social problems and prepare them for careers as creative leaders. Please join us for the show and hear their ideas to: provide tools for white parents to co-learn alongside their multiracial children about ethnic racial identity; equip citizens with proven tools turning them into instruments of change; tell the stories of shelters dogs helping find them forever homes; guide citizens to support a community of immigrant women; inspire young fashion students to develop sustainable design practice; offer moms self-care opportunities to focus on their needs in guilt-free setting; teach community advocates to design support for survivors of domestic violence; help visually-impaired teenagers build relationships with their peers; begin a conversation about condom-use for gay men in Beijing colleges; tackle gaming toxicity and create a safer and more inclusive environment; provide data analytics to help companies and working parents design a more equitable workplace; create a civic engagement tool supporting grassroots activists to shape city policies; create a supportive, judgement-free event for parents and their trans and gender nonconforming children; help Chinese artists increase economic opportunities by collaborating with New York designers; support young people who have lost a parent to give their grief purpose; provide client-based assessment for small businesses to improve the trauma-sensitivity of their spaces.

We believe you will find the event entertaining and inspirational.

RSVP on Eventbrite to reserve your seats.

11:00 am – Introduction: Cheryl Heller, Chair
11:15 am – Jeffrey Franklin, faculty
11:20 am – Danielle Hernandez
11:30 am – Wenqi Zheng
11:40 am – Yun-Ang Tsai
11:50 am – Xujun Wang & Yuwen Wang
12:00 pm – Zachary Narva
12:10 pm – Archie Lee Coates IV
12:15 pm – Mary Beth Lumley, Corinne Reynolds & Danielle Shepard
12:25 pm – Umila Singh
12:35 pm – Jiayi Dong
12:45 pm – BREAK

1:10 pm – Miya Osaki
1:15 pm – Rutvika Gupta
1:25 pm – Luciana Rodrigues
1:35 pm – Jisheng Chen
1:45 pm – Rachel Cho
1:55 pm – Pratiksha Rathi
2:05 pm – Mari Nakano
2:10 pm – Catalina Cipri & Taylor Sokolowski
2:20 pm – Jelynne Morse & Zoe Bordenet
2:30 pm – Jessica Panicola
2:40 pm – Closing Remarks: Cheryl Heller

Thesis Presentations 11:00AM – 3:00PM
SVA Theatre
333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011

DSI Reception 3:30PM
136 W 21st St.
5th Floor
New York, NY 10011

From the Block

Zoe Bordenet, Jelynne Morse

A civic engagement tool supporting grassroots activists advocating for the use of local knowledge to shape city policies.

The Lone eSportsman

Jisheng Chen

To tackle gaming toxicity and create a safer and more inclusive online environment, Jisheng Chen co-designed with NYC’s gaming community a social role playing game that encourages conversation, builds safe boundaries and cultivates sportsmanship within eSports communities.

The Offline Social Club

Rachel Cho

By promoting self-discovery through creative self-care, the Offline Social Club creates guilt-free opportunities for moms of children living with chronic illness to decompress and give back to their community.


Catalina Cipri, Taylor Sokolowski

A data-driven service that enables companies and working parents to build an equitable workplace together.

The Slow Hands Lab

Jiayi Dong

A program to help Su Embroidery artists increase their economic opportunities and have their value acknowledged by pairing them in collaboration with New York-based contemporary designers.

The {In}Dependent Project

Rutvika Gupta

A grassroots initiative that helps dependent spouses activate citizens in their community to take action for their right to work.


Corinne Reynolds, Danielle Shepard, Mary Beth Lumley

A digital community organizer that equips citizens with the proven tools and expertise of professional activists – turning them into instruments of change.

Camp Sharon & Karen

Zachary Narva

An event for parents of trans and gender nonconforming kids to process their own personal experience of their kid’s transition in the supportive, judgment-free setting of summer camp.


Jessica Panicola

A participatory assessment for small businesses to improve the trauma-sensitivity of their spaces and increase accessibility.


Pratiksha Rathi

An educational program that makes high school students aware of fast fashion waste and inspires them to re-purpose their existing clothing through pop-up schools.

Friends with Death

Luciana Rodrigues

Focusing on helping young people who have lost a parent give their grief a sense of purpose.

Identity Explorers

Danielle Hernandez

Guiding interracial families through co-learning about ethnic-racial identity to document a shared narrative so that white parents take action in instilling a positive understanding in their multiracial children.

SHE Co-Lab

Umila Singh

A program that creatively aligns the needs of survivors of domestic violence with community resources to generate a network of support.


Yun Ang Tsai

A community helping dogs go into forever loving homes from shelters by telling real stories of the rescue world in a new and engaging experience.

Condoms 101 Project

Yuwen Wang, Xujun Wang

A new conversation of condom-use for gay men in Beijing colleges that will overcome the current stigma and encourage safety.

See Your Superpower

Wenqi Zheng

Providing visually impaired teenagers with a stage to build their confidence, from pretend to reality.

136 W 21st St,
5th Fl.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 592–2205