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DSI Reflecting on Summer 2022’s Community Design for Leaders Course

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Spring 2022 Fast Track Update

Our four fast track students have made quite a bit of progress since the start of the semester! Grayson Wise (‘23), Diva Gohil (‘23), Kehan Zhang (‘23) and Mickey Ferrara (‘22) have been researching, making, and collaborating with local and digital partners in order to make strides with their personal passion projects. First year Grayson…

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Fall 2021 Fast Track Students Announced!

Fall 2021 Fast Track Students Announced! This semester, our Fast Track honors program will feature three highly diverse projects dealing with different issues in the social sector: sustainability and art, emotional health, and issues around drug legalization.  The selected students began developing these designs outside of DSI coursework, and have brought them into our space…

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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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Autism in the Future

Autism in the Future Yiran Guo “Autism in the Future” aims to build a more inclusive environment for students on the Autism spectrum in China to help them build a better future by changing the perceptions and raising the awareness of autism in society.

Museum Unmuted

Museum Unmuted Shuyu Fang “Museum Unmuted” aims to amplify museum BIPOC staff’s voices by connecting them with designers/artists to help them create visual stories. The goal by doing so is to stimulate conversation and an understanding of BIPOC staff’s experiences among the public.

Rooted Restaurants

Rooted Restaurants Evan Ressegger, Qingyi Bridget Qian & Dasha Zlochesvky “Rooted Restaurants” is reimagining restaurant resilience. The project focuses on local solutions and tools to co-create community restaurant resilience. The goal is to increase communications between restaurants on Avenue B in the East Village and their respective communities.

More Than One

More Than One Hailey Feng “More Than One” is creating an environment where Chinese young women can support each other and build a community to cope with body shaming.

From Harm to Harmony: Designing Reformative Principles for Missionary Work

From Harm to Harmony: Designing Reformative Principles for Missionary Work Sohoon Yi “From Harm to Harmony” aims to build reformative mission principles by considering cultural diversity and reduce harm to their engaged population.

Nihao(Hello), Friends

Nihao(Hello), Friends Sharon Qianwen Xing “Nihao(Hello), Friends” aims to enrich senior Chinese immigrants’ lives in New York City by building a community to reduce social isolation caused by the pandemic.

___ Around: Connecting with Urban Wildlife

___ Around: Connecting with Urban Wildlife Jacqueline Bao “___ Around” is a project that calls for heightened awareness of urban wildlife in NYC, aiming to create a relationship and foster healthy coexistence between wildlife and humans.

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