Midwest Meetup 2016

January 9, 2017Fun, Ideas, Leadership, Learning, Meetup, Studios

In mid-November of 2016, DFA students from Case Western, Michigan State, Purdue, UIUC, and WashU gathered with DFA National staff for the third year in a row for Midwest Meetup 2016 – this year at DFA U Cincinnati! DFA U Cincinnati was inspired to host this year’s meetup after a great experience attending last year … Read More

#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

#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

Guiding the Design Process: A Feature on Mentors in DFA

February 17, 2016Leadership, Learning, Process

One of the most important parts of learning the design process is creating a culture of feedback. Students in Design for America are guided by some truly wonderful mentors, both at their universities and from other organizations. This year we saw more students engaging local mentors more than ever before to learn human-centered design, learn … Read More

Leadership Studio 2015!

August 17, 2015Leadership, Learning

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 … Read More