DSI Miya Osaki, Mari Nakano, and Lee-Sean Huang Participate in the 10th Anniversary Winterhouse Forum


DSI Says Farewell to Cheryl Heller and Welcomes Miya Osaki as New Chair

As of June 15th, Cheryl Heller will officially finish her time as Chair of DSI and begin her journey at Arizona State University as the Director of Design Integration. Cheryl is the Founding Chair of DSI, the first MFA program in social design. She designed the space, the curriculum, curated the faculty, and built the…

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DSI Alums Spark Social Design Conversations in India

Alumni Hrudaya Veena Yanamandala and Ishita Jain (’18) have joined forces on an Instagram account to start conversations around social design in India. @socialdesignindia features graphics and opinion posts to spread the word about social design and what it does. Read more of their work here: Is design just for products, buildings and services: an introduction…

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Equity-Centered Community Design with Creative Reaction Lab

We recently announced our partnership with the St. Louis-based Creative Reaction Lab. DSI works to partner with organizations whose core principles and goals align with our own. We define Social Design as the creation of new social conditions — in cities, corporate cultures or communities — resulting in increased creativity, equity, social justice, greater resilience,…

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DSI Turns Stem

We are pleased to announce that MFA Design for Social Innovation is now a STEM-certified program. Not only does this certification serve to formally acknowledge the multifaceted qualifications and expertises gained by our students, but it will also increase the accessibility of our program, as additional scholarship and grant funding is now available to both…

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DSI to Host Creative Reaction Lab’s Equity by Design Bootcamp Series: New York

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Creative Reaction Lab for the Equity by Design Bootcamp Series: New York. The bootcamp will take place the weekend of June 7-9 at DSI. The Equity by Design Bootcamp Series is an engaging weekend with a community of people interested in co-designing better, more…

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Visiting Alison Cornyn at Exhibition “Incorrigibles: Bearing Witness to the Incarcerated Girls of New York”

On Wednesday, March 13th, a group of first and second year students visited “Incorrigibles: Bearing Witness to the Incarcerated Girls of New York.” The exhibit features work by DSI faculty Alison Cornyn, whose work focuses on the criminal justice system, and includes archival images and documentation from the New York State Training School for Girls,…

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Students Engage in Service Scenario Prototyping for the NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity

On Tuesday, March 12, Service Design Studio at the NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity invited first and second year students to participate in a service scenario prototyping session. The students were introduced to techniques for prototyping service interactions and provided feedback on a variety of prototypes the Studio is in the middle of developing and testing for their Pathways…

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Introducing the Inside Scoop

Introducing the “Inside Scoop,” our new series of webinars where DSI faculty and alums will answer questions about the program and give you a lived experience. The first webinar in the series will take place on Friday, December 7 at 12 pm EST. Siri Betts-Sonstegard, a faculty member who works on the research and development…

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Welcome Back Class of 2019

Last week we welcomed back our returning students to DSI with our second annual Second Year Bootcamp. Facilitated by chair Cheryl Heller, faculty Miya Osaki and alum Jade Broomfield, students were given an assignment to represent one specific health-related problem as seen through the perspective of someone who lives in the Harlem neighborhood of upper…

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Welcome Class of 2020

Last week we welcomed our seventh DSI cohort at our annual Bootcamp. This beloved event allows incoming students to get acquainted with each other and the school. We began with a welcome from our chair, Cheryl Heller, and team. Each students shared a 5-minute presentation about the cultures they come from, previous experience, current interests…

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