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Alum Tiffany Gaines’ Lovability Inc. Products Now Sold in Urban Outfitters, Featured on Allure

DSI alum and Lovability Inc. President Tiffany Gaines, ’14, is committed to normalizing conversations around sexual health. And now Urban Outfitters is, too. The retailer will be selling Lovability condoms and lube online and in nine of their flagship stores. Allure recently covered the news, writing that Tiffany “wanted to encourage safer sex by creating…

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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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#WhyDSI: What Happens When an Economist Becomes a Social Designer?

Meet Rhea Rakshit, who came to DSI from the London School of Economics and is now making the fashion industry more sustainable as a social designer. Rhea knows where products come from. That’s her job — to help companies map their supply chains. As the Vice President of Product at Sourcemap, Rhea tracks social, financial…

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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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Liora Yuklea, ’15, Talks About How DSI Prepared Her For a Career at Google

Liora Yuklea, ’15. Interaction Designer for Google in Tel Aviv. Using the skills she learned at DSI to design at global scale. Apply. DSI.

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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Yuka Fukuoka, ’18, Selected as Microsoft US Imagine Cup Finalist

Yuka Fukuoka, ’18, is helping people who stutter overcome their social anxiety with VRbal. On May 5, she’ll compete as a finalist in the Microsoft US Imagine Cup, a competition where student developers solve world challenges. Yuka and her Microsoft teammates developed VRbal to help users who stutter practice for an upcoming presentation. Unlike role-playing…

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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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Robin Newman presents “Say No More” to the UN

The United National International School hosted its 20th annual UN Student Conference on Human Rights on Jan. 18 and 19. In part because of the “Say No More” game she helped develop at DSI, Robin Newman, ’15, was selected as a keynote speaker who conducted a workshop for this year’s conference. Her talk focused on applying…

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Where They Are Now: A Look at Our Alums

It’s the end of another school year, and for this newsletter, we’re focusing not on what goes on inside our program, but on what our graduates are doing out in the world. We have always defined success as more than the number of students who come to get their graduate degree here, but also on…

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