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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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Kartik Krishnan on Taking DSI’s Learnings Back Home

Since graduating last Spring, Kartik Krishnan (‘20) has begun sharing his passion for social design with clients and corporations back home in India. As visiting faculty for B-Schools and a Design Researcher for design innovation consultancy firm TinkerLabs, Kartik works with students and clients to implement design thinking into their day-to-day practices across an array…

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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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Catching up with Liora Yuklea

DSI alum Liora Yuklea (‘15) has been working within the realm of design for impact since she got her start as a graphic designer in print journalism and grassroots activism at home in Israel. Though she felt she was in the right area of work, she found herself more and more interested in the strategic…

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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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Final Projects: Fast Track 2021

Our spring Fast Track students have completed the year with a group of evolved, socially relevant projects. Over the last few months, the three projects run by Bridget Qian, Shuyu Fang, Nishita Chheda, Alyson Fraser Diaz, Daphne Luo and Kehan Zhang have seen substantial growth.  Second years Bridget Qian and Shuyu Fang’s (‘21) long-term project,…

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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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Alyson Fraser Diaz and Nishita Chheda on Trauma-Informed Design

As part of their thesis project, DSI recently sponsored 2021 graduates Alyson Fraser Diaz and Nishita Chheda to attend a social design master class in Trauma-Informed Design Research taught by Sticky Design Studio in Australia. They wrote back to us with reflections on their experience and learnings: “While this was not our first workshop on…

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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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Elana Wolpert (‘20) on ‘New-ness’, Passion, and Design

Elana Wolpert has known since graduating from undergrad that she had a passion for doing good in communities. Shortly after obtaining her bachelors degree, she moved to Istanbul, Turkey to teach English, and found herself staying in the city for longer than she anticipated due to her appreciation for the culture, language, and people. Her…

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