On campuses across the country,

interdisciplinary student teams collaborate with faculty, staff, and community leaders to address challenges in their local communities. DFA uses design thinking for positive impact.

Our tools, model, and coaching instill community, encourage creativity, and build student capacity to take on any challenge. Together, we use design as a force for good.

 

Local Teams Create Positive Impact

 

Tackling challenges with local partners

 

Generating solutions with mentors 

 

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Putting ideas into practice 

It's a unique approach to social challenges - and it works.

Where We Work

Design for America is proudly housed at Northwestern University. Student-led studios are currently on 36 college and university campuses around the country, hosting 125 teams with over 1200 volunteer members, mentors, and community leaders. Studio members share ideas, resources, and best practices, while being supported by a network of more than 9,000 partners and fans.

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Our Impact

3,000+

students engaged

650+

projects launched

$13.4M

secured to scale ideas

Founded at Northwestern University

"Design for America encapsulates the power of design innovation. Students from multiple disciplines come together to address real problems using design thinking to create impact. It benefits everyone."

- Julio M. Ottino, Dean, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University

Our Partners

DFA is possible in part because of the generous support from: 

News

#DFAvotes2016

#DFAvotes2016

December 2, 2016

This past August, 110+ students from 33 Design for America studios across the country gathered at Northwestern for the annual DFA Leadership Studio. Together, they explored, “How can we improve the voting experience?” DFA National decided to revisit this topic of civic engagement as the 2016 election season came to a close. From Leadership Studio, we learned … Read More

Welcome DFA Tulane!

Welcome DFA Tulane!

November 30, 2016

The Design for America network is growing with a unique and exciting new addition: DFA Tulane! Students with majors in public health, political and social sciences, and international development along with mentors with deep social innovation expertise have worked hard for the past year to build their organization as they recruited interested students, met with … Read More

DFA Duke Team Wins Competition to Bring Their Idea to Life

DFA Duke Team Wins Competition to Bring Their Idea to Life

November 21, 2016

Last Spring, a DFA Duke team won $7,500 to bring their idea to reality. With this support, the summer of 2016 brought together nine programmers in six different time zones to collaborate and bring to life their computer science teaching platform, CodeStory. “CodeStory is an interactive learning platform to teach middle school students how to code while … Read More