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Yena Seo Lukac, ’16, Uses Social Design to Make Nanit’s Products Safer, Smarter

Yena Seo Lukac, ’16, wasn’t comfortable with the ambiguity of a career in social innovation. “But through DSI,” she said, “I became comfortable. And you kind of have to be if you want to be a changemaker, so I think (the program is) almost like a two year test period as well. How strongly do…

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Applications are still open for fall 2021!

If you missed our January 15th priority deadline, don’t despair! DSI is still accepting applications on a rolling basis for our class of 2023. All incoming applications will receive equal considerations, but will not be eligible for either of our departmental scholarships for this coming Fall.  If you have any questions, reach out to us…

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Tanvi Kareer, ’17, becomes global innovator at Doblin

Tanvi Kareer, ’17, studied textile design in India. Now, she works as a designer and researcher at Doblin, a global innovation firm based in Chicago. While studying for her undergraduate degree in India, Tanvi said she was able to work with the textile-class communities in the country, researching and documenting their work. That encouraged her…

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Spring 2021 Fast Track Students Announced

This semester, our Fast Track honors program will feature three incredible teams working on impactful, timely projects across the globe. The selected students began developing these designs outside of DSI coursework, and have brought them into our space to be workshopped and developed at an accelerated rate. Second Years Bridget Qian and Shuyu Fang (‘21)…

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#WhyDSI: Because you want a career designing good government.

From Fashion Designer to U.S. Government Digital Service Leader. Laura Kadamus has a background in high fashion: She interned for Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler, then worked as an Assistant Designer for Holmes & Yang. After graduating from DSI, Laura switched career paths: She now works for the U.S. Digital Service, a startup at the…

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Congratulations to our 2021 Alumni Scholarship Award Recipients!

This year, we’re congratulating three of our senior thesis groups for receiving SVA’s annual Alumni Scholarship Award, which has selected 59 students to receive over $40,000 in funding toward their final student projects and portfolios. It is always an honor to have DSI represented in this incredibly talented lineup of students across disciplines. Veda Borgave’s…

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#WhyDSI: Because you want a career designing better public health.

From Graphic Designer to Design Researcher for Global Public Health. Pragya Mishra met her future employer at a DSI career fair, where she sparked a conversation about public health with Robert Fabricant, co-founder of Dalberg’s Design Impact Group. The next day, Robert offered Pragya an internship. She’s been at DIG for three years now, working…

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Kartik Krishnan on Taking DSI’s Learnings Back Home

Since graduating last Spring, Kartik Krishnan (‘20) has begun sharing his passion for social design with clients and corporations back home in India. As visiting faculty for B-Schools and a Design Researcher for design innovation consultancy firm TinkerLabs, Kartik works with students and clients to implement design thinking into their day-to-day practices across an array…

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With the new Fast Track program, DSI students take their bold ideas into the world

Catalina Cipri, Taylor Sokolowski, Zongliang Shang and Qianshang Chen are launching the first projects to be chosen for the new DSI Fast Track program, and they are using the opportunity to create projects, and businesses, that tackle important issues. This initiative combines the students’ work in their entrepreneurship classes and their involvement in their thesis…

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Catching up with Liora Yuklea

DSI alum Liora Yuklea (‘15) has been working within the realm of design for impact since she got her start as a graphic designer in print journalism and grassroots activism at home in Israel. Though she felt she was in the right area of work, she found herself more and more interested in the strategic…

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