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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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From Public Relations to Public Policy

Since the day she entered DSI, Meghan Lazier was committed to seizing every opportunity. When she was able to spend a summer in Kenya helping Erik Hersman launch BRCK, she jumped on it without hesitation. She knew she wanted international experience — and BRCK, a Nairobi-based company that connects frontier markets to the Internet, was…

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