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Winter 2018-2019
Center for Social Design receives
$1 million endowment gift to scale and sustain Design & Health Initiative

We're delighted to announce that the Center for Social Design (CSD) has received a $1million endowment gift to expand and sustain our pioneering work at the intersection of design and public health. A generous commitment of $500,000 from philanthropist George L. Bunting, Jr. enabled the Center to secure matching funds from the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF), a state program created to attract and retain top innovation talent and to spur research in scientific and technical fields at colleges and universities.

Over the last decade, CSD has developed close collaborations with a variety of public, private and nonprofit partners in the health field that have a commitment to health equity. Our Design & Health Initiative is focused on integrating the human-centered design process into the ongoing work of public health organizations, elevating the voices and lived experiences of the people they serve, with the goal of creating more holistic and meaningful outcomes. The endowment gift will generate partial funding to grow our work in design and health generally, and specifically to sustain the CSD Co-Director position held by Lee Davis, and to scale our program to embed post-graduate social design associates into healthcare and public health institutions across the state.

Stay tuned for more on this exciting announcement!
CSD featured at inaugural Bloomberg American Health Summit
Center for Social Design Founding Director Mike Weikert and Associate Director Becky Slogeris facilitated an interactive session focused on human-centered design (HCD) and public health at the inaugural Bloomberg American Health Summit on Novermber 29th, in Washington, DC. MA in Social Design (MASD) alumni Kate McGrain, Hannah Shaw (both MASD'18) and Denise Shanté Brown (MASD'17) acted as co-facilitators. The team introduced the HCD process and shared examples of how CSD has collaborated with partners to integrate HCD into the public health space. The Summit was organized by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative and brought together over 400 innovators and policymakers from around the country who are creatively working to address some of the toughest challenges facing public health in the country.      
George Aye on Power & Privilege  

The Center for Social Design hosted a public lecture on February 4th with friend and colleague George Aye, Co-Founder & Director of Innovation at Greater Good Studio in Chicago. George's presentation "Power & Privilege: What happens when design collides with the social sector?" explored the dynamics of power in design and social change. George also facilitated a workshop "Building Your Power" with the MASD 2019 graduate students focused on the mechanics of power, privilege and identity in design practice and on creating a 'gut check' rubric for decision making.

Watch the livestream of George's lecture on the CSD Facebook page here and view his presentation slide desk here
CSD and Johns Hopkins to create Patient Safety Learning Lab

The Center for Social Design has received support through a four-year collaboration (2019-2023) with partners at Johns Hopkins Medicine to co-create a Connected Emergency Care (CEC) Patient Safety Learning Lab to reduce health and financial harms caused by a fragmented and disconnected emergency care system. With funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the collaboration aims to address challenges in emergency care, particularly for the most vulnerable populations who increasingly depend upon the emergency room (ER) for primary care. CSD will embed designers into two Johns Hopkins hospitals in Baltimore and facilitate a series of practice-based studios with clinical teams over the next four years to identify opportunities to address problems related to leading causes of ER admissions and deaths. 
Human-Centered Design at NAEA National Convention

Center for Social Design Associate Director Becky Slogeris facilitated a session on "Using Design Thinking for Differentiated Instruction" on March 15th in Boston as a part of the AICAD Live Learning Lab at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Convention. The NAEA Convention is the largest gathering of visual arts education professionals in the world. The interactive session focused on integrating human-centered design processes into instruction, and introduced basic concepts of design research, ideation and prototoyping.       
MASD 2019 studio visits in New York and Washington, DC  

The MASD 2019 graduate students spent two inspiring days of studio visits in Brooklyn, NY, on February 25th, and in Washington, DC, on January 28th. The cohort visited with the amazing teams at the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), Hyperakt, the Service Design Studio at the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity; and at the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center, the Lab@OPM, and the AARP Foundation. The visits are intended to expose students to a variety of institutions that are integrating the human centered design process into their work. Special thanks to MASD alumni Steffanie Espat (MASD'18), Patrick Keane (MASD’15), Demi Lashawn (MASD‘16), Kim Schulke (MASD'18) and Irina Wong (MASD’17) for hosting us! 
Moving Ideas to Action 

Visiting MASD Faculty Cecili Thompson Williams, Director of Beyond the Bomb and Co-Founder & Chief Strategist at We Divine Water, facilitated the Intervention Design module with the MASD 2019 cohort, February 11-14, sharing methods and strategies for moving from research and ideas into action. The session introduced students to basic methods of campaign strategy, stakeholder analysis, mapping power, pinpointing levers, establishing goals and a theory of change. Students worked to apply the intervention design methods to the issues and problems they are exploring in their MASD thesis process. 
MASD 2019 at MICA Globe Press  

The MASD 2019 cohort spent two fun days with our friend and colleague Allison Fisher at Globe Collection & Press at MICA on March 7 and 14. As the students are advancing their individual MASD thesis work, each wrote, typeset and printed a poster articulating a "How Might We..." statement regarding the social issue or problem they are exploring.

The Globe posters also serve as promotion for the upcoming Social Design Exchange scheduled for Monday, April 29, from 6-8:30pm in the MICA BBOX.  
Research & Writing
Stay Sexy, Stay Healthy, Get Checked

What does it mean to design a youth-friendly STI testing experience? The Center for Social Design has released the book "Stay Sexy, Stay Healthy, Get Checked" documenting the process and insights from the 2016-2017 collaboration between CSD, the Johns Hopkins Medicine Center for Child & Community Health Research (CCHR), and the Baltimore City Health Department. Led by CSD Associate Director Becky Slogeris, the project focused on increasing access to STI teaching and normalizing testing for Baltimore youth, aged 15-24. 
AIDS Patient Care and STDs

We're excited that the article "Identifying Solutions to Improve the Sexually Transmitted Infections Testing Experience for Youth Through Participatory Ideation," co-written by CSD Associate Director Becky Slogeris, Molly Reddy (MASD'17), and partners from the Johns Hopkins Medicine Center for Community Health Research (CCHR) was published in the August 2018 (Vol 32, No 8) issue of AIDS Patient Care and STDs, the foremost journal providing the latest developments and research in diagnostics and therapeutics designed to prolong the lifespan and improve quality of life for HIV/AIDS patients. The article documents the process and lessons from the CSD and CCHR collaboration to engage youth through a human-centered design process to develop solutions to STI testing that may be better-utilized and more acceptable to youth themselves.
Center for Social Design receives Indian SPARC award  

Co-Director Lee Davis has been awarded a prestigious SPARC (Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration) grant through the India Institute of Technology (IIT) and Government of India Ministry of Human Resource Development, supporting collaboration between Indian institutions and the "best institutions in the world" to jointly solve problems of national and/or international relevance. The grant will support collaboration and exchange of faculty and staff during 2019-2021 between the CSD and the Design Innovation Centre at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi, India. The CSD and BHU will develop new curriculum, undertake joint research, and co-host symposia on social design history and practice. 
Thomas Gardner researches Le Volume Bleu et Jaune 

With the support of a MICA Grant for Faculty Research and Creative Development, MASD Faculty Thomas Gardner traveled to Paris and Rome over winter break to conduct research on "Le Volume Bleu et Jaune," a site-specific, collaborative installation from the early 1970's at the Villa Medici. While in Paris, Thomas worked at the French National Archives, the National Library of France, and the Kandinsky Library at the Centre Pompidou. In Rome, Thomas was a research scholar at the French Academy, documenting hundreds of drawings, sketches and photographs for eventual exhibition and publication.  
Two MASD 2019 students receive Graduate Research Development Grants 

Claudia Norena and M Strickland (both MASD'19) received 2019 Graduate Research Development Grants to advance their respective thesis work: Claudia will continue to explore ways to improve medical treatment access for members of Baltimore's Latino community; and M will continue collaboration with sex workers in DC to redesign a harm reduction program called HIPS.  
A selection of recent articles by or about the Center for Social Design alumni, faculty, staff and students:
MDOT Project Shareback
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. Studio projects currently underway in the studio include: 

PBS 1: Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) - Family Planning:

With support from the Abell Foundation, the Center for Social Design began a year-long collaboration in August 2018 with the Baltimore City Health Department to better understand barriers to birth control use and design interventions that support family planning for Baltimore women. In Fall 2018, Center for Social Design Associate Director Becky Slogeris, co-facilitated a Practice-Based Studio (PBS) with Charlotte Hager, Family Planning Program Manager at BCHD, engaging a team of MICA students in a process to develop a family planning decision making support tool. This spring the team is sharing prototypes with stakeholders and continuing to refining them. 

Follow project process blog here

PBS 2: Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) - Highway Safety Office - Pedestrian & Bike Safety:

From July 2018-June 2019, with support from the MDOT Highway Safety Office, the Center for Social Design undertook an initiative to better understand pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorist behaviors in the neighborhoods surrounding MICA’s main campus. The focus was to develop, test and evaluate potential interventions, including behavior change and/or physical improvements, that increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety in the designated areas. 

Under the leadership of Center for Social Design Associate Director and PBS Lead Faculty Becky Slogeris, a team of MICA students undertook a PBS focused on the primary question of “How might we make Baltimore safer for pedestrians and bikers.” The students shared prototypes evolved from the semester-long, immersive research and hosted a prototyping workshop with a variety of community partners in December to get input and feedback. Prototypes included: Street Wear (unique clothing and accessories using reflective materials); Bright Lanes (engaging crosswalk designs to encourage law-abiding behavior for both drivers and pedestrians); DIY Toolkit (detailed instructions and materials for communities looking to implement their own ideas); and Safety CityHack (a community outreach and engagement event about road safety). This spring the team will test these prototypes in neighborhood contexts to further evolve and evaluate them. 

Follow project process blog here

Emily Ianacone (MASD'15)
MASD News & Updates
Kyla Fullenwider (MASD'12) 
MASD Alumni Profile 

Kyla Fullenwider (MASD'12) is currently the Entrepreneurship Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Visiting Professor at the American University of Rome. She previously served as the first Chief Innovation Officer of the U.S. Census Bureau, the principal agency of the U.S. Statistical System and part of the Department of Commerce. Kyla also served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, bringing entrepreneurs, technologists, and other innovators to improve federal programs that serve millions of Americans.

Kyla was founding faculty in the Products of Design department at the School of Visual Arts and visiting faculty in the joint MBA/MA Design Leadership Program at Johns Hopkins and MICA where she taught courses on design and entrepreneurship.

She is a Co-Founder and board member of Seattle-based Imperative and has a diverse portfolio of work at the intersection of social innovation, entrepreneurship, and design. Previous work includes directing Garden in Transit for the City of New York; developing the Pepsi Refresh Project for GOOD Magazine and Pepsico; and creating Etsy's first annual Values & Impact report. She's led other programs and initiatives with the City of Los Angeles, the City of Baltimore, the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, UCLA, and the Legacy Foundation, as well as a number of federal agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, among others.

Her work has been featured in the NY Times, LA Times, NY Magazine, and Fast Company, and in case studies authored by the Harvard School of Business and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She was recently named Top 100 Creatives Making an Impact by Origin Magazine, and is a Google Launchpad Mentor.

Her writing has been published in Fast Company, Metropolis Magazine, GOOD Magazine, Next City, and the Outpost Journal.

Kyla is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and is currently based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Upcoming Events

The Design of Universal Understanding
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Rockefeller Archive Center
Sleepy Hollow, NY

Co-Director Lee Davis will present at the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) President's Researcher Luncheon on March 19th. Davis is one of 52 awardees from 15 countries to receive a research stipend from RAC in support of his research into the unique collaboration between famed cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead and designer Rudolf Modley to create a universal visual language to promote international peace and understanding. 

Enterprise Rose Fellowship: Info Session
Monday, April 1, 2019

MICA Brown Center
1300 W Mount Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD

The Center for Social Design hosts Ray Demers, Director of Design Leadership, Enterprise Community Partners, for an information session about the new and expanded Enterprise Rose Fellowship, engaging community-engaged artists and designers, architects and landscape architects with local community development organizations to facilitate an inclusive approach to development that results in sustainable, equitable and affordable communities.


2019 Maryland Highway Safety Summit
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Maritime Institute
692 Maritime Blvd
Linthicum Heights, MD

The Center for Social Design will facilitate a workshop sharing our collaboration with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) on pedestrian and bicycle safety, during the 2019 Maryland Highway Safety Summit on April 17th. The Summit is an annual gathering of traffic safety advocates and officials throughout the state.

Social Design Exchange 2019
Monday, April 29, 2019, 6-8:30pm

1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD
Join us for our annual Social Design Exchange, a fun and interactive evening with the MA in Social Design (MASD) Class of 2019 as they share their thesis projects and processes.

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