Farewell to Fellows 2015

Thank you Sarah, Julian, and Brandon!

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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.





Leadership Studio 2015!

Last weekend, we invited over 90 DFAers from 28 studios across the country to participate in our 5th annual Design for America Leadership Studio!

Hosted at Northwestern University, Leadership Studio is a conference that fosters design and leadership skills in DFA student leaders. Over the course of four days, students worked together in interdisciplinary teams to apply human-centered design to those touched by Down Syndrome, designed strategies for managing their studios, and connected with to an extensive network of students, alumni, and professionals.

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Jerry the Bear Visits the White House

After being developed at Northwestern University, Jerry the Bear has enjoyed quite a journey.

He has won business competitions, met Warren Buffett, helped deliver a TEDx talk, and has improved the lives of countless children who have Type-1 diabetes. Now he can add another milestone to his ever-growing resume: yesterday Jerry the Bear visited President Barack Obama as part of the first-ever White House Demo Day.





Farewell to Sami!

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Dear DFA Community,

After five years of dedicated service we would like to share that in mid-August Sami Nerenberg will be stepping down from her role as DFA’s Associate Director. She will be moving back to California where she is from to be closer to her family. In the spirit of DFA, she has accepted a position as the Executive Director of the Alliance, a nonprofit in the Bay Area supporting female and minority entrepreneurs.





Welcome Fellows 2015!

DFA is excited to share that we have two stellar new Fellows joining us for 2015-2016. Design for America Fellows help to develop and deliver human centered design learning materials to DFA members to empower students to create local and social change in our communities. Please join us in welcoming Allison and Catherine and learn all about them below!



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