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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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Alisha Mahen on Activating Community Power at Acumen and Beyond

2020 alum Alisha Mahen identifies as a teacher-turned-designer. For six years before enrolling at DSI, she worked in a range of roles in the education sector in India–as a teacher, curriculum developer, and instructional designer. Most of these experiences involved working closely with underserved communities, through which she developed her passion for working with rather…

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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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