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 community partners, set up leadership structure, and facilitated the human-centered design process to create local, social impact. They have been part of the DFAmily since hosting a National visit last spring and attending Leadership Studio 2016, and we are so glad to welcome DFA Tulane as an official part of the national network!
Housed within the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, DFA Tulane excels at teaching and following the design process and fostering partnerships with local organizations. In addition to hosting events that support their projects, the studio also organized design process workshops open to anyone on campus. With the recent flooding in Baton Rouge, Tulane DFAers chose the timely topic of improving disaster resilience as their first project, a meaningful challenge to both students and community members. Specifically, teams focused on providing ways to ease challenges faced by community volunteers when responding to natural disasters, and they created three low-fidelity prototypes.
As the studio looks ahead to next semester, they have started conversations with community members interested in addressing education issues. With skills in design education and dedication to building new community relationships, their studio will surely bring new perspectives and exciting solutions to the future challenges they tackle!
We are so proud of the hard work Tulane students have put into bringing DFA to their campus and are excited to welcome them into the network!
To connect with DFA Tulane, like them on Facebook, follow the Taylor Center, or reach out through their studio page!