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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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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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DSI students fund thesis projects with SVA Alumni Society scholarships

Congratulations to DSI students Amanda Finuccio and Yuka Fukuoka, who earned scholarships from the SVA Alumni Society! The Alumni Scholarship Awards funding will help both students to complete their thesis projects. This year, SVA selected 66 students, who will collectively receive over $64,000. We’re excited to have DSI represented in this talented lineup. Learn more…

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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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Baitian Yu (‘20) Debuts “Talking to the Blue” in NYC Gallery

This past week, Baitian Yu (‘20) presented a selection of works from his thesis, “Talking to the Blue”, to the public at an NYC gallery. Some of the pieces in the collection are also currently on display at Lankai Gallery in Anshan, China, which you can read more about here. All artworks displayed across both…

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Thesis Intensives: Ideas & Scoping

As a continuation of our thesis intensive series, our chair Miya Osaki guided second years through strategies on appropriately scoping their projects. This step is pivotal in the thesis process because: “if you can’t properly scope both on a large scale (the end goal) and on a small scale (what is possible in two weeks)–you’ll…

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Thesis Intensives: Prototyping and Effective Meeting Methods

To close out our thesis intensive series for the semester, thesis advisors Sahar Ghaheri and Mari Nakano held two final workshops on prototyping and hosting effective remote meetings, respectively.  In design, and especially social design, prototyping is an important part of the design-thinking and implementation process. Sahar explains that it is an effective way of…

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Thesis Intensives: Shifting Mental Models

As we draw closer to our Spring ‘21 thesis show, our faculty is continuing last fall’s Thesis Intensive series. Our second years started this semester’s set with Jaimie Cloud–instructor of Environmental Ethics–facilitating a workshop on shifting mental models. This intensive focused around the idea of mental models of unsustainability, which are categories of thinking that…

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Thesis Intensives: Facilitation 101

As an expert in community design and leadership, Thesis Advisor Sloan Leo added an invaluable workshop to our thesis intensive series: Facilitation 101. A core practice of social design, this session reframed common expectations of facilitation by highlighting practices to avoid and asking students to recenter the core values and purpose of facilitation in a…

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Why DSI? Mari Nakano. That’s Why.

This year, our amazing group of thesis advisors has been led by Mari Nakano, who joined the DSI team in 2018. What is design for social innovation to you? For me, design for social innovation means using design tools and strategies for the purposes of creating a resilient planet, where all people can share power…

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