#DFAvotes2016

December 2, 2016DFA Behind the Scenes, Ideas, Learning, Process

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!

November 30, 2016Leadership, Learning, Process

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

November 21, 2016Education, Ideas, Implement

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

DFA Team Spotlight: Therapalz

October 14, 2016Health, Ideas, Implement

Throughout the summer 2016, two University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (UIUC) students worked full time at a campus accelerator building their DFA project as a business venture. Together, Isak Massman (‘18 Business) and Fiona Kalensky (‘18 Systems Engineering & Design), are expanding Therapalz: therapeutic robotic animals for people suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia. In the … Read More

Design for America: Designing for Democracy

August 24, 2016Design, Ideas, Leadership, Prototype, Testing

DFA’s 6th annual national Leadership Studio in August brought together over 110 DFA student leaders with the support of community members, expert guests and DFA Alumni. The five day conference was packed with stories of leading successful DFA studios and ways design can shape students’ futures. The weekend centered around a two-day design innovation sprint that … Read More

#DFALS16: 5 Days of Building Community, Learning Design, and Creating Impact

August 24, 2016Fun, Ideas, Leadership, Learning, Northwestern, Studios, Testing, Uncategorized

On August 11-15th, over 110 DFA students with 50+ majors representing 33 campuses across the country gathered with expert guests, community members, DFA Alumni, and more for the sixth annual DFA National Leadership Studio! Held each year at Northwestern University, DFA Leadership Studio brings together student leaders from across the DFA network to learn and practice … Read More

Introducing Leadership Studio 2016!

July 28, 2016Leadership, Learning, Northwestern, Studios

    Design for America is excited to announce that our sixth annual Leadership Studio is just around the corner: August 11-15! Hosted at Northwestern University, DFA Leadership Studio 2016 is the flagship 5-day training program that will bring together over 110 leaders from 35+ campus studios representing a network of 1,200 college students. Joined … Read More

DFA Fellows 2016!

July 14, 2016DFA Behind the Scenes, Leadership, Profiles

DFA National is excited to introduce our two new awesome Fellows joining us for 2016-2017! Design for America Fellows empower a network of 1000+ DFA members to create social change in their local communities and develop and deliver human-centered design learning to our 36 student-run studios. Please join us in welcoming Michelle and Deniz!   … Read More