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Summer/Autumn 2019
Meet MASD 2020!
We're excited to introduce the new MA in Social Design (MASD) 2020 cohort! The class of 13 comes from six countries, including China, India, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and from across the USA, and from a variety of backgrounds: art, communications, environmental science & policy, film, graphic design, human-centered design, industrial & product design, international affairs, journalism, landscape architecture, photography, psychology and telecommunications. 
Social Design Associates create new pathways in design & health
We're delighted to introduce our two new post-graduate Social Design Associates for 2019-2020: Anushka Jajodia and Cameron Morgan. Associates are recent MASD graduates who receive a one-year, paid position to continue to build their professional practice in the Center for Social Design. Associates are embedded into projects with outside partners to put the human-centered design process into practice in new contexts:

Anushka Jajodia (MASD'19) is collaborating with the PROMOTE Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing focused on promoting person-centered, community-focused care methods and with the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, focused on optimizing the health and functioning of an aging society around hearing and access to hearing care.

Cameron Morgan (MASD'19) is collaborating with Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine to create a Connected Emergency Care, Patient Safety Learning Lab focused on the key challenge of "How might we create a closed feedback loop to better support physician decision making?"; and also with the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) Bureau of HIV/STD Services exploring ways to reduce stigma related to HIV/AIDS and engage and aid community around HIV prevention and care regardless of status. 
CSD receives continued MDOT funding for Pedestrian & Bike Safety

How might we create a safer Baltimore for pedestrians and bicyclists? The Center for Social Design has received continued funding from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) - Highway Safety Office, to continue its collaboration with community partners focused on promoting behavioral change for pedestrian and bicycle safety in Baltimore. The $127,000 grant for 2019-2020 will enable a team led by CSD Associate Director Becky Slogeris, and including two Social Design Associates, MASD'19 alumni Vilde Ulset and Quinton Batts, to continue to evolve prototypes that emerged from the first year of the collaboration with MDOT in 2018-19 and extend the project into three surrounding neighborhoods: Bolton Hill, Reservoir Hill and Station North/Greenmount West. 
Winterhouse X at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

Center for Social Design Directors Lee Davis and Mike Weikert participated in the 10th Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education for Social Impact, August 10-13, at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, an annual, national gathering of social design educators and practitioners committed to sharing and advancing social design education. Lee and Mike were a part of a diverse group of 50+ national social design educators, practitioners, and partners who gathered at the Cooper Hewitt for the 10th-year celebration of Winterhouse to explore how the museum might further enhance the public's understanding of social design methods and processes through a future installation in its Process Lab.  
Center for Social Design hosts Reimagine America's Schools

The Center for Social Design co-hosted the Reimagine America's Schools Design Charrette, June 18-20. The three-day charrette convened community members, civic leaders, students and educators to assist Living Classrooms with the design of a school it plans to build in East Balitmore, and to help craft design solutions that support better outcomes for educators and students. The event was convened by the American Architectural Foundation/National Design Alliance in partnership with Living Classrooms, the Center for Social Design, and Bloomberg Philanthropies.       
CSD selected for Clinton Global Initiative University Network  

The Center for Social Design is honored to be selected for the seventh year in a row to join the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Network. CGI U was started in 2017 by President Bill Clinton to engage the next generation of leaders to address pressing challenges on campus and around the world. The CGI U Network is a consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to student innovators. MICA was the first design school to be invited into the network in 2013. MASD students have been selected through a highly competitive global application process to participate in the annual CGI U gathering every year since.  
Awards & Recognition
CSD receives 2019 GDUSA Health+Wellness Design Award
The Center for Social Design was recognized with a Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) 2019 Health+Wellness Design Award for the Family Planning Toolkit project in collaboration with Baltimore City Health Department to better understand barriers to birth control use and design interventions that support family planning for Baltimore women. The award recognizes outstanding design in the space of health and wellness, including traditional medicine and healthcare, holistic and alternative healing, healthy lifestyles and nutrition, and the aging of our society. The process was highly selective, the Center competed against a record 2,200 entries and was chosen from the top 10 percent of entrants. The Center will be celebrated in the October issue of GDUSA.
MASD 2020 Leslie King Hammond Graduate Award Recipients
We're super proud that four students in the MA in Social Design (MASD) 2020 cohort are recipients of the Leslie King Hammond Graduate Award. Vidisha Agarwalla, Jasmine Cothern, Kadija Hart, and Gwen Richards, were all selected as recipients of the highly-competitive award providing scholarship support to MICA students from various backgrounds, experiences, and groups who have been historically underrepresented in the fields of fine arts, design and related practices. Congratulations Vidisha, Jasmine, Kadija and Gwen!    
Anushka Jajodia wins Fred Lazarus Leadership for Social Change Award
We're so proud of Anushka Jajodia (MASD'19) who was selected as the winner of the 2019 Fred Lazarus Leadership for Social Change Award in recognition of her outstanding community-centered design work, especially around issues explored in her MASD thesis focused on caregivers of children with incarcerated parents. The Lazarus Award is given to one undergraduate student and one graduate student who, through the power of design, were able to engage in meaningful ways with the Baltimore community to raise awareness of public issues and create lasting change.    
Becky Slogeris selected as StartingBloc Fellow
CSD Associate Director Becky Slogeris (MASD'12) was selected as a StartingBloc Fellow and attended the StartingBloc Institute in Raleigh-Durham, May 16-20. StartingBloc is a community committed to convening and growing leaders tackling root causes. The five-day bootcamps focus on exploring frameworks, skillsets, and models for mindset transformation and leadership development. Becky joins multiple other MASD alumni previously selected as StartingBlock Fellows, including Keerthana Ramesh and Ashley Eberhart (both MASD '18), Smile Indias and Molly Reddy (both MASD'17), Esther King (MASD'16), and Patrick Keane (MASD'15), who have all participated in StartingBlock Institutes across the country.   
Research & Writing
The Shades Collective published an article written by Social Design Associate Anushka Jajodia (MASD'19) sharing reflections on her MASD thesis exploring "How Might We Support the Caregivers of Children With Incarcerated Parents." The Shades Collective is a multidisciplinary collective dedicated to fostering mindful, equitable, and intersectional exchange and scholarship.
Anushka also co-authored "Working on Solving Youth Food Insecurity" at the close of her MASD Graduate Fellowship with the Johns Hopkins Center for Applied Public Research, reflecting on the research she undertook with teammates to better understand food insecurity among youth in Baltimore City. 

Quinton Batts (MASD'19) is featured in the article "Tapping into a Legacy of Farming at Duncan St. Miracle Garden," describing his experience as a Community Design Fellow with the Neighborhood Design Center. 

Levi Tran (MASD'19) is featured in a Design Impact Q&A regarding his new role as a Social Innovation Fellow.  

Devika Menon (MASD'17) is co-authoring By the people: A new series on participatory service design, a blog series on participatory service design exploring the questions: What does person-centered service delivery look like for people facing imminent homelessness, people experiencing homelessness, and the staff who are trying to help them?
Cinnamon Janzer and Lauren Weinstein (both MASD'13) contributed the chapter "Social Design and Neocolonialism" to the Social Design Reader published by Bloomsbury in July. The Social Design Reader brings together key texts of designers, thinkers and writers tracing the emergence of socially-responsible design.  

Diamond James (MASD'16), Civic and Social Impact Designer on the Los Angeles Innovation Team, reflects on NYC's Service Design Studio in the article "Big Lessons from the Big Apple."

Denise Shante Brown (MASD'17) contributed an essay to Loam: Beauty & Being reflecting on why she began the work of health and healing through design. 
CSD Directors Lee Davis and Mike Weikert are included as reviewers of colleague Scott Boylston's new book, Designing with Society: A Capabilities Approach to Design, Systems Thinking and Social Innovation, published by Routledge in May 2019.

Mengru Liao (MASD'18) created a video as a part of her work as a post-graduate Social Design Associate with the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health, on how hearing impacts public health, especially healthy aging. 

The article "In New York City, a new model for bringing design to the public sector" by Mari Nakano, features the collaboration of Demi Lashawn (MASD'16), former Community Manager, City of New York Administration for Children's Services (ACS), with the Service Design Studio of the NYC Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity, to embed design in the public sector.      
"Feeling at Home with CAPABLE" is an illustrated guide focused on supporting the goals of older adults to live independently and age in community. The publication is a product of the collaboration between the Center for Social Design team and CAPABLE, a program developed at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing for low-income seniors, focused on the question "How might we promote a supportive culture for all seniors that prioritizes their autonomy and goals?"

The project lead was Social Design Associate Ashley Eberhart (MASD'18) with a team comprised of MASD'19 alumni Aditi Wagh, Anushka Jajodia, Cameron Morgan, Jessica Sanders, M Strickland and Hannah Shaw (MASD'18).     
Ashley Eberhart (MASD'18) and Associate Director Becky Slogeris (MASD'12) co-authored the article "Using a human-centered design approach for collaborative decision-making in pediatric asthma care" in the May 2019 issue of Public Health, exploring the utility of human-centered design in improving pediatric asthma healthcare outcomes, reflecting on collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Ashley was also one of six nursing innovation and design thinking leaders featured on a Twitter Chat focused on exploring human-centered design in healthcare for Penn Nursing Innovation.  
Kehinde Bademosi (MASD'15) hosted the 7th edition of Baltimore in Conversation focused on "Forgiveness" on June 7th, bringing healthcare practitioners and local communities together to address medical mistrust and stigma through storytelling.

The event was also the venue for the unveiling of #ForPeopleWhoLookLikeMe - a community-made film and campaign highlighting tools and resources to end the HIV epidemic and improve sexual health and wellbeing.
Visit to JHH Emergency Dept.
Practice-Based Studios News

The Center for Social Design hosts award-winning Practice-Based Studios (PBS) which bring together teams of students with outside partners to identify opportunities, generate ideas, and make tools for positive social change.

Fall 2019 projects include: 

Patient Safety Learning Lab 
in partnership with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

The Connected Emergency Care (CEC) Patient Safety Learning Lab (PSLL) is a joint effort between MICA’s Center for Social Design and Johns Hopkins Medicine to reduce health and financial harm caused by a disconnected emergency care system. The five-year, longitudinal project will include multiple studios through the Center to generate solutions which are informed, user-centric and effective for practitioners and patients. The solutions generated will be implemented at two campuses: in Baltimore City (JHH) and Howard County (HCGH).

In partnership with the PSLL team and other stakeholders, MICA’s Center for Social Design will work to better understand barriers to informed decision making and develop design prototypes with the ultimate goal of creating a closed feedback loop to better support physician decision making.

Follow the Patient Safety Learning Lab project process blog here

People Who Look Like Me
in partnership with Baltimore City Health Department

This year, the Baltimore City Health Department Social Innovation Team launched a campaign to contextualize the Centers for Disease Control’s “Ending the HIV Epidemic” initiative in Baltimore: #PeopleWhoLookLikeMe. The campaign focuses on a variety of strategies to spread the message that everyone has a role to play in the prevention and discussion of HIV. Currently, the team is scoping this campaign through a Listening Tour. This tour leverages leaders within communities to begin discussions around HIV, regardless of status or education on the topic.

Using the Listening Tour as a launch pad, MICA’s Center for Social Design will collaborate with BCHD staff and community stakeholders to better understand the barriers to HIV prevention in Baltimore and develop design strategies with the ultimate goal of engaging and aiding community around HIV prevention and care regardless of status.

Follow the People Who Look Like Me project process blog here. 

Levi Tran (MASD'19)
MASD News & Updates
Devika Menon (MASD'17) 
MASD Alumni Profile 

Devika Menon (MASD'17) is a Service Designer for the Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation (ODDT) at the City of Philadelphia. In her role, she focuses on making government services accessible and centered to the lived experience of the people who access, use and deliver services.

Soon after graduating from MASD in 2017, Devika joined the City of Philadelphia as a Service Design Fellow to work on the PHL Participatory Design Lab - an initiative funded by the Knight Foundation to further the use of evidence-based methods, like service design, to improve experiences of the public when interacting with the City.

Through the Design Lab, Devika has been working on a service transformation project with Philadelphia's Office of Homeless Services (OHS) to make trauma-informed service improvements to the City's homeless prevention, diversion, and intake service that serves Philadelphians facing homelessness. As a core team member, Devika has co-led design research, co-design sessions, and multiple service improvement projects with over 221 stakeholders, including people experiencing homelessness, front-line staff, leaders, advocates, and policymakers, in a participatory design process to address service challenges.

A big portion of her work also involves working closely with OHS staff and leaders to operationalize solutions to work in practice and build capacity within the department to maintain solutions in the long-term. To deconstruct and document this work, she’s currently co-authoring a blog series on participatory service design called By the people. As part of the Design Lab’s learning sessions, she presented City employees with best practices and methods to design meaningful engagements with residents and project stakeholders.

Prior to MASD, Devika worked as a visual and animation designer in Mumbai, India where she worked with brands, nonprofits, and television channels to create digital and print communication including videos, film, websites, and apps. While at MASD, she worked on projects with the Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab, Baltimore City Health Department and Johns Hopkins Center for Child and Community Health Research, and Design for Change with Lakeland Elementary School.

Upcoming Events

7th Biennial Trauma Conference:
Addressing Trauma Across the Lifespan:
A Social Justice Lens

October 3-4, 2019

Baltimore, MD

Founding Director Mike Weikert and Associate Director Becky Slogeris will facilitate the session "Human-Centered Design: Engaging People as Experts in Understanding and Addressing Complex Social Problems" at the 7th Biennial Trauma Conference. The conference aims to bring the voices of mental health providers together to examine how we conceptualize social justice within clinical practice, develop and expand confidence-building and advocacy skills, and for employing practice approaches that support social equity and cultural democracy for those impacted by trauma across the lifespan.

Black in Design 2019: Black Futurism - Creating a More Equitable Future
October 4-6, 2019

Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Cambridge, MA

Denise Shante Brown (MASD'17 and Social Design Fellow) is a featured speaker at the Black in Design Conference, organized by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design African American Student Union (GSD AASU).


Human-Centered Design: A Hands-on Workshop
MICA Weekend
October 5, 2019
Baltimore, MD

Founding Director Mike Weikert and Associate Director Becky Slogeris will lead a hands-on workshop on human-centered design, a creative process dedicated to better understanding people's needs and designing interventions that better serve people's needs.


Bloomberg American Health Summit
November 12-13, 2019

Bloomberg American Health Initiative
Baltimore, MD
The Center for Social Design team will host and facilitate an interactive session focused on human-centered design and public health during the second Bloomberg American Health Summit.

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