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While the season doesn't technically change for another three weeks, nothing says Summer like finalized DFA projects!

Despite nearly three semesters of remote working, the DFA Studios continue to produce incredible work with 86 projects this semester. Check out some of our project highlights, with more to come! 

With warmth,
Alden + The DFA National Team
The DFA Summer Newsletter is here! Check back every other Thursday for all your DFA needs: recommended readings, network events,  jobs + opportunities, and more.

Want to contribute? Send us your projects, jobs, readings, and events to highlight!
This semester alone, DFAers completed 86 projects.
Curious about the breakdown? 31% of projects focused on education, 27% on the environment, 15% on the economy, 12% on health, and 8% on civics.

Check out the projects below and find more on our Instagram
The Freedge

The Freedge is an initiative that aims to reduce food insecurity and food wastage on New York University’s campuses. This multi-year project is a smart community refrigerator and social space where students, faculty, and staff are invited to give and take food.

The goal is to foster community engagement and to create a movement around food sharing, reducing the environmental footprint from food wastage, and provide food for those in need.

Mobility For All
DFA CU Boulder

DFA CU Boulder worked with their local Transportation Services to amplify and promote the use of public transportation. The city's low-income benefits make public transportation free for Kestrel residents, offering more freedom, mobility, and agency to residents of Boulder County. Check out the team's process and final outcomes!
Papier Sketchbooks

Get yourself a handmade DFA RISD|Brown Sketchbook! These Papier journals were made by the DFA's Sustainability Management Team. These one-of-a-kind handmade sketchbooks are sourced from recycling paper bags distributed through their campus' dining halls since the pandemic. Each book has a bold, beautiful linocut print on it. 

All proceeds are donated to RI COVID Relied Funds!
Where are the Black Designers?
Conference | June 26 & 27, 2021
Participate in the second annual Where are the Black Designers? conference - a FREE and accessible virtual design conference featuring 30+ voices on topics around crating space, imagining Black futures, believing in black stories, violent vs. non-violent allyship, and more!
Creative Acts for Curious People: How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Ways

Creative Acts is a vibrant, illustrated book full of unconventional and practical ways to help you bring creative approaches to any challenge you face, including work from DFA Mentor Eugene Korsunskiy

Want more? Check out Eugene's Sparks Series: Bringing Ethics to Design Education

Rethinking People Operations
with Alvin Schexnider

This short Linkedin post is packed with thoughtful observations about the necessary overlap of People Operations (think HR), Equity & Justice, and Service Design work. Follow Alvin to learn more!

Want more? Check out Alvin's Sparks Series - Agents of Change: Civic Participation, Practice, and Presence 

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