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Hi <<First Name>>,

Professor and philosopher Donald Schön loves reflection. His seminal text, The Reflective Practitioner situates reflection as an integral part of the design process. These theories around reflection-in-action are at the core of ‘professional artistry’ – a concept valuing process and continued learning.

DFA National is experimenting with what reflection-in-action looks like and operates as with DFA teams and studios. Some practice-based professional learning techniques we're trying out include weekly self-reflections, collaborative auditing of project tools and resources, and group synthesis sessions. Already, we're seeing results in stronger team dynamics, increased confidence in individual's interests and communication skills, and real-time improvement of a team's facilitation skills! 

Watch this space as DFA teams, like the Student Tech Advisory Cohort and YMCA National Project, reflect on their work, learnings, and systems!


Best,
Alden + The DFA National Team
Have any reflection-based activities or prompts you like? Share them with us!
DFA Student Technology Advisory Cohort
DFA National spent the summer researching news systems to keep the network more connected. To create a platform that works for our community and stays true to the design process, we need to involve our community. DFA’s first ever Student Tech Advisory Cohort (STAC) is a 10-week project where nine DFAers contribute to the development of the new national technology platform by conducting design research, user interviews, and UX testing.

Read the blog to learn more about the DFAer's involved in the project!
Empowering Youth Changemakers with DFA USC

DFA USC is the first of 5 teams we'll be highlighting for their work with YMCA youth programming and empowerment. The team is particularly interested in increasing youth development opportunities centered around creative and educational spaces. By partnering with the YMCA and other youth-centered organizations in LA, the team hopes to help changemakers develop leadership skills through meaningful experiences and inclusive and welcoming environments.

Follow their page to learn more about their studio and projects: @usc.dfa
DFA's Annual T-Shirt Design Contest
Back on campus and need to show off your DFA pride? Enter the DFA T-Shirt Contest! 

The winning designer will receive a $150 gift card and a free t-shirt with their design. Two runners-up will each receive a $25 gift card. Read the rules for submitting - all entries are due October 31! 
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