Welcoming New DFA Fellows 2017!

July 26, 2017DFA Behind the Scenes, MSU, Profiles, Rice

DFA National is excited to introduce our two new wonderful Fellows joining us for 2017-2018! Design for America Fellows empower a network of 1300+ innovative DFAers to create social impact with their local communities while developing and delivered human-centered design education to 37 campus studios. Please join us in welcoming Ken and Geneva! Ken Hunter Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and … Read More

Welcoming Interns for Summer 2017!

June 22, 2017DFA Behind the Scenes, Learning, Profiles, Purdue, U Illinois

Say hello to 3 exceptional additions to the DFA team for the summer! DFA Interns will spend all summer practicing human-centered design at the organization level, supporting national design education programs, and growing their DFAmily network. We are so excited for them to gain experience planning and executing our annual large-scale design and leadership event … Read More

DFAlumni Week 2017!

May 22, 2017Alumni, Ideas, Profiles

This week we are celebrating our incredible DFAlumni network! DFA continues to spread design innovation across the nation, with graduates from 35 schools settling in New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and many other cities. We are proud and excited to welcome 560 graduating DFAers to the alumni network this summer. Follow … 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

Get motivated to form healthy habits with MOTI

December 15, 2015Health, Implement, Press, Profiles

“It wasn’t like, ‘I have this idea’, but rather, ‘I have a problem I want to solve’. How do we help people build better habits?” MOTI is a startup founded by former DFA Fellow and Student Kayla Matheus. The product is a smart companion that helps you build healthy habits, and has been featured in … Read More

Farewell to Fellows 2015

August 26, 2015DFA Behind the Scenes, Profiles

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 … Read More

Farewell to Sami!

July 16, 2015DFA Behind the Scenes, Leadership, Profiles

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 … Read More

Welcome Fellows 2015!

July 8, 2015DFA Behind the Scenes, Profiles

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 … Read More

Promoting Biking in New Haven

April 23, 2015DFA Behind the Scenes, Process, Profiles, Prototype, Testing

The cozy, communal streets of New Haven have been amped up thanks to Yale University DFAers. Douglas Wong, Joel Sher and Cameron Yick have been creating “ArtRacks” to enhance the New Haven society. Their project showcases non-traditional, custom bike racks to bring attention to the importance of health, community and positive impact.

Featured Fellow: Julian Bongiorno

February 26, 2015DFA Behind the Scenes, Leadership, Profiles

Denzel Washington once quoted the Roman philosopher Seneca and said, “luck is where opportunity meets preparation.” As a DFA Fellow Julian Bongiorno seized opportunities when they arose. In his first year as a Fellow, Julian received the PAVE Fellowship to attend The Feast Conference along with a $10k investment in his future, attended The StartingBloc … Read More