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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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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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The Class of 2018 Has Arrived

They come from Ghana, Nigeria, Sweden, Thailand, China, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Colombia, India and across the U.S. They bring experience in architecture, filmmaking, anthropology, clinical nursing, community health, development, journalism and every form of design. They tell the stories of their direct and sometimes novel-worthy indirect paths to ending up at 136 West 21st…

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Welcome, Class of 2018

In less than 24 hours, our fifth cohort will begin their journey to become leaders in social design. They come from nine countries, with different interests and experience, and a common commitment to put their talent to work solving complex social challenges. We look forward to seeing them grow over the next two years, and…

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Wen Tang (Class of ’17) Will Present at the IxDC 2016 Conference in China This Summer

The primary responsibility of the International eXperience Design Committee (IXDC) is to promote the value of innovation to society, and to construct an international platform for exhibition and communication.  A non-profit organization founded in 2010 with the support of over 20 leading companies and universities in China, IxDC holds its International Conference of Experience Design every year, and this…

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