This Giving Season, Design for America invites you to reflect on people, places, and organizations who helped make you who you are.
Who expanded your potential and helped shape your future?
Who reminded you to dream bigger and be more daring?

Whose belief in you ripples through your life?
DFA's Year-End Giving goals are inspired by all of the mentors in our life. Help the Network raise $15,000 before January 1 to support future leaders no matter their discipline, whose contributions to their community carry on long past their time as a student. 

At DFA, we’re admiring all of the relationships built throughout the Network. These relationships—the ones that fuel and inspire us, make us laugh and provide honest perspectives—weave a fabric of possibility. Together, let's celebrate the people who have boosted us, and whose influences echo through our past, present, and future.

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Design For America nurtures tomorrow’s social innovators–the leaders, future-builders, and rule-breakers the world hungers for. Your contributions directly support:
  • 2022 National Partnerships: DFA students collaborating with industry innovators
  • DFA curriculum projects: Advancing and refining DFA’s award-winning design thinking process
  • Student advisory groups: Listening to and learning from the DFA community
  • Community capstone events: Bringing students, alumni, mentors, coaches and participants together for project share-outs and celebrations
  • New studio launches: Bringing social impact design studios to new and diverse campuses and communities

Fuel a More Daring Future for All

Your Year-End Gratitude Gift honors the mentor, teacher, family member, or superstar you want to thank while fueling a more innovative and equitable future. Whether you'd like to contribute $5 or $500, please participate at whatever amount is meaningful for you.
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This holiday season, I’m reflecting on my own path of growth and change. In particular, I'm thinking about the people who have supported me along the way. I am grateful for my grandmother, a 94-year-old single mother and Chinese refugee, who raised me and instilled in me a foundational value for compassion. I am grateful for my parents who immigrated to the States and gave me the opportunity to participate in higher education. And I am grateful for my DFA peers at RISD|Brown for openly sharing their passion for creative problem-solving. 

From collaborating with my project team late on Friday nights, to sharing stories with care home residents living with dementia, to learning about design in city governments from DFA alumni, I am thankful for this community that helped me identify the best of my interests, skills, and values—design, research, community, and relationship-building.
“what we give attention to grows. what we pay attention to grows.”
- adrienne maree brown, writer, doula, activist, and Black feminist.
Below, you’ll find resources provided by two of my most recent teachers that inspire me to learn more about the indigenous and multicultural roots of North America, spanning America’s most beautiful national parks to the history and development of trauma-informed mental health care. In sharing these interpersonal stories and practices of social change, I hope that you’ll be inspired to give attention to the people, places, and things that were the most impactful for your personal growth this past year.

Thanks for being a part of the DFA community,
Glory Dang, DFA RISD|Brown alumni

"If the [National] parks are public, aren’t they supposed to be for everyone?"
-Hello, Nature podcast host Misha Euceph
Hello, Nature | Dustlight Productions, REI Co-op Studios
Pakistani-American writer, podcast host, founder + CEO, and journalist Misha Euceph sets out to find the lesser known stories of America’s national parks through the perspectives of Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Watch the introduction above or check out the episodes anywhere that streams.
Simplecast | Spotify | Apple | Stitcher
Decolonizing Trauma Work: Indigenous Practitioners Share Stories and Strategies | Renee Lynn Broadbridge Legge Linklater
Linklater takes a multifaceted Indigenous research approach involving storytelling, relationship-building, and much more to share the importance of cultural competency and safety in the field of trauma work for any community in this 2011 dissertation. Read her work here!
Image: "Turtle Island" by B. Schofield, March '05
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