Thank you Sarah, Julian, and Brandon!

This past year, we’ve had the pleasure of working with DFA Fellows Julian, Sarah, and Brandon to mentor student innovators across the country in applying human-centered design to local and social challenges. As they wrap up their time at DFA and move on to exciting new adventures, we’d like to take the time to thank them for their tremendous dedication and hard work, and highlight some of their contributions throughout the year.

Hailing from DFA Barnard|Columbia, Julian has been working with us for the past two years to develop leadership roles and training for DFAers to rise to their potential and work best as a team. His Team Building Workshop identifies the three different mindsets team members can adopt – the imaginative Envisioners, organized Managers, and hard-working Doers – to effectively apply human-centered design to their projects.

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Sarah became our first prototype of a remote DFA fellow after graduating from DFA Cornell. While based in Ithaca, NY she split her time between mentoring DFAers and working at Cornell’s Engaged Learning and Research program. Her dedication and patience (especially during remote meetings) helped us learn more about the student journey and improve their experience in DFA.


DFAers learned how to make the most of resources on campus from Brandon, culminating this year in the Campus Support Guide. Valuing the roles of DFA members, mentors, and partners alike, the guide outlines how to bring everyone in the network together through shared goals and clear roles and responsibilities.

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And who could forget, all three DFA Fellows worked tirelessly to mentor and guide studios in their projects and studio management. We were lucky to have them, and we wish them the best of luck in the future!