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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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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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#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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#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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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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#WhyDSI: Because you want a career as a healthcare designer.

From Graphic Designer to Global Health Innovator. David Rojas-Léon is committed to improving healthcare. As a visual designer and lead interaction designer at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Arnhold Institute, David puts humans at the center of his work. His goal is to create a sustainable global health impact for poor communities,…

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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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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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