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Announcing the first Fast Track Winners

Fast Track is a new DSI initiative intended to take students’ bold ideas to the real world. DSI faculty Asi Burak and Maggie Breslin are leading the program, and will mentor the winners and get them the help they need to realize their ideas. The first winners are Catalina Cipri, who is developing a Facebook…

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Janvi Ghatalia (’21) is Developing New Methods of Communal Grieving in the Age of COVID-19

Rising second year Janvi Ghatalia (‘21) has spent her summer interning with Andrew Freiband at the Artists’ Literacies Institute. Over the past few months, she has been working with ALI on a project in collaboration with the United Nations. In honor of their 75th anniversary, the UN has launched a global dialogue initiative called UN75:…

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Grace Kwon (‘20) on Finding Purpose in Design

Strategist and DSI faculty-at-large Grace Kwon (‘20) started out training in traditional visual communications design back home in South Korea. However, she’s always known that it wasn’t her true calling. Even in her undergraduate life, she packed in as many entrepreneurship classes as she could due to her desire to be closer to people and…

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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 with major foundations, NGOs, entrepreneurs and multinationals. She uses what…

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A Jump Start Into the Fall Semester

This week, we officially welcomed second years and our incoming cohort for the fall semester with Jump Start: our annual orientation week to prepare students for the learning ahead and to get to know select faculty and one another. We begin orientation every year with a long-standing tradition at DSI, giving each incoming student 5…

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Net-Fishing with Karla Sofia Despradel (‘17)

Though Karla Sofia Despradel (‘17) has always been in love with design, she once struggled to find purpose in the work. Now, as the Design Director at Constructive, she and her diverse team of design practitioners influence the brand strategy of social-impact oriented clients. This often means taking on multiple projects at once, stemming from…

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From Graphic Designer to College Professor

Rodrigo Muñoz came to DSI with a clear goal: He wanted to improve education in his country, Ecuador. And within a month of graduating from DSI, Rodrigo became a professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador, where he started teaching at the School of Communications and Contemporary Arts. His courses range from…

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Fall 2020 Fast Track Students Announced

This semester, our Fast Track program has selected students 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.  First year Kehan Zhang (‘22) is tackling the needs of the…

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Fall 2021 Fast Track Students Announced!

Fall 2021 Fast Track Students Announced! This semester, our Fast Track honors program will feature three highly diverse projects dealing with different issues in the social sector: sustainability and art, emotional health, and issues around drug legalization.  The selected students began developing these designs outside of DSI coursework, and have brought them into our space…

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From Illustrator to Product Designer for the US Digital Services

Gina Kim entered DSI with a degree in illustration and an interest in psychology. When she left, she was helping U.S. veterans get the benefits they deserve. She wanted to push her own boundaries in graduate school; to do big things. Today, Gina works for US Digital Services, an agency within the VA. Her work…

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