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



Kind Amwaj Alzahrani “Kind”, is a platform that celebrates the art of people with Down Syndrome, fosters their talents, spreads hope and positivity among families, and shows the local Saudi community how awesome and creative people with Down Syndrome can be.

Art Portal

Art Portal Laura Ceron Melo “Art Portal is an art-centered online platform by and for people with justice involvement that seeks to (a) elevate their voices and artwork, (b) raise awareness about the important role of art and community in the reentry and criminal legal fields, and (c) help change the narrative about people with…

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Side by Side

Side by Side Nishita Chheda & Alyson Fraser Diaz “Side By Side” is a system of tools and resources that supports the healing process for survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones. The goal of the project is to reimagine long-term support for people who have experienced sexual violence by strengthening interpersonal support.

Hey Lady

Hey Lady Sherrie Shao “Hey Lady” is a project to help facilitate conversations on sexual and reproductive health among Chinese immigrant women.

Bersama-sama: Healthy To(gather)

Bersama-sama: Healthy To(gather) Esther Jingxin Yip Bersama-sama: Healthy To(gather) is a collaborative field guide to grow relational care in Singapore’s low-income rental neighbourhoods, through community-centered gatherings around health and nutrition. Using meaningful dialogue and creative facilitation, we nurture equitable relationships with communities━ unveiling and appreciating personal stories, natural networks and collective wisdom.

The Missing Ingredient

The Missing Ingredient Nidhi Desai “The Missing Ingredient” is a community space to support the work of New York Common Pantry. It aims to educate, persuade and facilitate conversations which are moderated by nutrition educators about local, seasonal and traditional foods with parents/caregivers to bring nutrition security for them and their families in order to…

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Rural & Online Education

Rural & Online Education Zhiqiang Li & Annan Yang Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, online education has been greatly developed. Teachers have made a lot of interesting attempts on online education and have achieved remarkable teaching results. As a form of education that can transcend time and space constraints, online education can…

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Hundred on 100

Hundred on 100 Veda Borgave “Hundred on 100” reimagines community support for young adults with Type 1 Diabetes in India. It is a set of tools curated by the community, for the community along with a framework to provide smoother transitions and changes to their lives.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

We’d like to extend a big congratulations to our 2021 cohort, who presented their heavily researched and thought-provoking thesis projects yesterday, May 6th after a uniquely ambiguous and challenging year.  We thank our faculty, thesis advisors Sloan Leo, Kara Meyer, Sahar Ghaheri, and Mari Nakano, and George Aye of Greater Good Studio for their thoughtful…

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NEXT WEEK: DSI Thesis Show 2021!

Next week, we will be returning in-person to SVA for our live Thesis Show! We’re so proud of the work our students have developed over the course of this uniquely challenging year, and know that their presentations will be extraordinary.  The graduating cohort will be presenting their work at the SVA’s Theatre’s Beatrice Auditorium on…

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