DFA Summer Studio 2015

In 2015, I built a design-thinking “boot camp”, placing Northwestern undergrads onto cross-functional design teams to address Chicago’s most complex social issues. Partnering with local nonprofits, these teams created lasting solutions for refugees, diabetic liver transplant patients, and children dealing with hunger during summer break. In this process, I scoped 3 social innovation projects, created a design-thinking curriculum, and organized workshops with top innovators in technology and design, including IDEO and Gravity Tank. This was incredibly rewarding because I got to marry the talents of artists, engineers and community organizers alike to create a positive impact on my local community.

Let's Break it Down:

  • I scoped 3 social innovation projects, coordinating with Heartland AllianceNorthwestern Medical, and The Greater Chicago Food Dipository to address the following issues (respectively):
    • How can we help Chicago refugees assimilate into their new lives in the U.S.?
    • How can we help liver transplant patients recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes manage their condition?
    • How can we help children get the lunches they need from GCFD once school let's out?
  • I created a 6-week design-thinking curriculum
  • I organized workshops with top innovators in technology and design, including IDEO and Gravity Tank.
  • I advised 3 undergraduate design teams make measurable social impact with their solutions!