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Congratulations to our Paula Rhodes Award Recipients!

This year, DSI chair Miya Osaki has granted the 2021 Annual Paula Rhodes Memorial Award to ‘21 graduates Veda Borgave and Esther Jing Xin Yip for their exceptional work on their thesis projects–Hundred on 100 and Bersama-sama, respectively–both of which demonstrated massive effort and growth as social designers since beginning their DSI journeys.  Hundred on…

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Catching up with Amer Jandali (‘16)

Now the founder and CEO of evolving social design company Future Meets Present, Amer Jandali (‘16) has had quite the journey since his time as a nightclub DJ. For some time after earning his degree in International Business in 2010, Amer performed across the country and began his own radio show with a through line…

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Elana Wolpert (‘20) on ‘New-ness’, Passion, and Design

Elana Wolpert has known since graduating from undergrad that she had a passion for doing good in communities. Shortly after obtaining her bachelors degree, she moved to Istanbul, Turkey to teach English, and found herself staying in the city for longer than she anticipated due to her appreciation for the culture, language, and people. Her…

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Ending the Year with OutLabs

This spring, we hosted Out Labs as our designers in residence: a DSI alumni-organized group consisting of 2020 grads Ryana Bryan, Grace Kang and Monica Tarriba that is focused on reframing shared language, internal processes, and relational connections toward equitable and inclusive practices. During their residency, they were able to pilot and develop their processes…

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Alyson Fraser Diaz and Nishita Chheda on Trauma-Informed Design

As part of their thesis project, DSI recently sponsored 2021 graduates Alyson Fraser Diaz and Nishita Chheda to attend a social design master class in Trauma-Informed Design Research taught by Sticky Design Studio in Australia. They wrote back to us with reflections on their experience and learnings: “While this was not our first workshop on…

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

We’d like to extend a big congratulations to our 2021 cohort, who presented their heavily researched and thought-provoking thesis projects yesterday, May 6th after a uniquely ambiguous and challenging year.  We thank our faculty, thesis advisors Sloan Leo, Kara Meyer, Sahar Ghaheri, and Mari Nakano, and George Aye of Greater Good Studio for their thoughtful…

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NEXT WEEK: DSI Thesis Show 2021!

Next week, we will be returning in-person to SVA for our live Thesis Show! We’re so proud of the work our students have developed over the course of this uniquely challenging year, and know that their presentations will be extraordinary.  The graduating cohort will be presenting their work at the SVA’s Theatre’s Beatrice Auditorium on…

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Final Projects: Fast Track 2021

Our spring Fast Track students have completed the year with a group of evolved, socially relevant projects. Over the last few months, the three projects run by Bridget Qian, Shuyu Fang, Nishita Chheda, Alyson Fraser Diaz, Daphne Luo and Kehan Zhang have seen substantial growth.  Second years Bridget Qian and Shuyu Fang’s (‘21) long-term project,…

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Announcing George Aye as our 2021 Keynote Speaker

We are honored to welcome Greater Good Studio’s Co-Founder & Director of Innovation, George Aye, as our Thesis 2021 keynote speaker. “George co-founded Greater Good Studio with the belief that design can lead to positive behavior change. Previously, he spent seven years at global innovation firm IDEO before being hired as the first human-centered designer…

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Thesis Show 2021!

The annual DSI Thesis Show presentations will be held on Tuesday May 6th, from 11:30am to 4:00 pm Live on Youtube. A special keynote will be delivered by George Aye of Greater Good Studio. This year our graduates have developed ground-breaking projects that challenge and address social and systemic problems out in the world. Please…

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