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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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Gabi Reygadas, Class of ’14, is Creating Strategies for Social Innovation in Mexico

She came to DSI in the first class as a Fulbright Scholar, from a family devoted to social issues in Mexico City, and her dream was always to return to her native country to help its citizens. Now, Gabi is an Innovation Strategist at Cirklo, a design innovation agency there. She has learned that untangling…

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DSI Alum Pragya Mishra is Putting Design to Work in Healthcare

Pragya Mishra met her future employer at a DSI career fair, where she sparked a discussion about public health - the subject area of her DSI thesis - with Robert Fabricant, co-founder of Dalberg’s Design Impact Group (DIG).

DSI Alum Sebastian Barrera Integrates Design Into Development Organizations Around the World

Sebastian Barrera (class of ’14) came to DSI with two questions: What is the role of design in the public sector, humanitarian aid, and philanthropy? And how can I help integrate and validate design practice in these contexts? Through DSI and its network Sebastian is now a designer at the Design Impact Group (DIG) at…

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DSI Alum Rhea Rakshit is Making Fashion Transparent

Rhea Rakshit, Class of ’15, is talking about Project JUST, a recently launched online platform that allows shoppers to know how ethical their favorite fashion brands’ supply chain practices are.

DSI Alum Swar Raisinghani is Creating Better Patient-Centered Healthcare Systems

Swar Raisinghani, a graduate of DSI’s Class of ’15, is a Service Designer at the New York office of the global design and innovation consultancy Veryday, originally founded in Sweden almost 30 years ago. At Veryday, Swar is working to design a support service experience for patients with Alzheimer’s, a long-term and complex project.

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