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A happy and safe start of Fall Term to all the DFAers going back to in-person learning, teaching, and working. 

This upcoming year DFA National is thinking about our future and you can help! Through the unique opportunities below you can help us explore how future DFAers might better learn the design process. The insights and concepts you develop will inform the next evolution of how DFA teaches design across the network. 

Check out some new and exciting opportunities and resources below!

Alden + The DFA National Team

Announcing DFA's First Year-Long National Project with the YMCA

Many young people hold allyship, advocacy, and passion for change in their communities, but don't know how to turn that into action and sustainable change.This is why DFA and the YMCA are partnering for the “Changemakers of the Future” National Project to explore: How can we transform youth interested in creating impact into confident and community-centered changemakers? 

If your studio is interested, fill out the interest form and check out the announcement deck for details and application directions, due September 22.

If you're an Alumni, Mentor, or Friend interested in participating in critique sessions or coaching, let us know!

Join DFA's Student Tech Advisory Cohort (STAC)

Are you a critical listener who can create space for honest feedback? Do you have interest in contributing to the health of the overall DFA network? Are you looking for an opportunity to gain UX research and testing experience in a professional setting? DFA’s Student Tech Advisory Cohort (STAC) will be a 10-week cohort running from October to December 2021 where 10 students will conduct design research and help inform the implementation of a real-life technology platform to connect the DFA community. 

The Project Overview includes a detailed description of the position, timeline, compensation and application requirements.

The deadline to fill out the interest form is Sunday, September 19th at midnight. Students will be notified of acceptance on Thursday, September 23rd.
DFA Office Hours
Every Friday, 10-4PM CT | Sept 1-June 15 except holidays

Anyone in the network is invited to schedule one-on-one meeting time with the DFA National Studio Support Team! Whenever you want to discuss projects, troubleshoot roadblocks, or work out leadership challenges, we're here for you. Set up a meeting through Calendly, with GloryRoss, or Katie

Katie's back one last time to welcome everyone to a new year of DFA. Listen as Katie shares how her experience at DFA shaped her future, and tips for you to consider in the upcoming year and post DFA.

Katie wants to hear from you! 
Book a call 
and follow @katiekdo on Instagram to get in touch.
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