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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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Tanya Bhandari: Co-Designing for Adolescent Health with Ylabs

When we last checked in with 2014 Alum Tanya Bhandari, she was working on a series of global ventures as part of UNICEF’S Office of Innovation in NYC. Now, she’s tackling a series of projects involving adolescent health and economic opportunity with YLabs: a non-profit design consultancy at the intersection of design, data, and youth-driven…

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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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Rutvika Gupta on Designing to Values

Though Rutvika Gupta (‘19) stepped straight into the world of design after undergrad, it took her some time to find her true niche within the ever-expanding industry. Right after obtaining her bachelors degree in Industrial Design and deciding that “the world maybe doesn’t need more physical products”, Rutvi decided to transition into the digital realm…

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Catching up with Danielle Hernandez (’19)

With an initial focus on healing through visual art and design, Danielle Hernandez (‘19) has always had a passion for working with people and adopting a human-centered approach in her work, it just took her some time and experience to put that calling into practice.  Prior to DSI, Danielle attended Iowa State University and graduated…

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Hrudaya Veena Yanamandala (‘18) is Bridging the Gap Between the Human and the Technical

Before DSI, 2018 alum Hrudaya Veena Yanamandala worked as an engineer with a focus on electronics and communication. In her field, she found herself struggling more and more with the lack of connection between humanity and technology. This led her to take the initiative to enroll in online courses focused on human-computer interaction as a…

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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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Nick Chan’s (’18) Advice for Budding Social Designers: Adopt a Transition Mindset

Nicholas Chan (‘18) has certainly kept busy since graduating from DSI. Along with continuing to develop his joint thesis, he is currently working full-time as a Senior Design Strategist at Doblin: a human-centered design firm that helps companies address existing problems and seize potential opportunities for growth. These days, his work encompasses a combination of…

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Karina Davila (‘17) is Using Social Innovation for Economic Equity at Visa and Beyond

For the past year and a half, ‘17 Alum Karina Davila has been honing her skills in research and user experience design with Visa’s Innovation Centers in San Francisco. As their Senior UX Designer of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, her work varies from client to client, but the ultimate goal is advancing widespread financial inclusion…

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Catching up with Malé Sandoval, ‘18

Malé Sandoval, ‘18, has been working at Dalberg Design since she graduated from DSI. What began as contract work has become a full-time gig, with work that spans international development, from financial inclusion to agriculture to health and reproductive health work, for a number of different clients, such as Pragya Mishra and nowadays Stephen Morrison)…

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