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January/February 2017

Moving from Ideas to Action 

Our friend and visiting faculty Cecili Thompson Williams, Co-Founder & Chief Strategiest at We Divine Water, was back in the Center for Social Design, January 30 and February 2, to facilitate the Intervention Design module with MASD'17 to share methods and strategies for shifting from ideas to action. Cecili's passion for helping creative changemakers build strategic and effective campaigns is especially useful as MASD begins to identify opportunities for designing interventions to address the problems they have pursued in their thesis research. 
Center for Social Design joins Clinton Global Initiative University

The Center for Social Design is honored to be selected for the fifth year in a row to join the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). CGI U was started in 2007 by President Bill Clinton to engage the next generation of leaders to address pressing challenges on campus, in local communities, 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 on their respective campuses.

Through the Center, MICA was the first design school to be invited into the network in 2013. Teams of MASD students have been selected through a competitive global application process to participate in the annual CGI U gathering every year since. 
MASD Team Explores Biomimetic Solutions to Climate Change 

MASD'17 students, Naeeme Mohammadi, Rachel Serra and Mimi Yang, are collaborating on a semester-long independent study with Center Co-Director Lee Davis manifesting in a submission to the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, focused on identifying nature-inspired solutions for climate change. The team kicked off with inspirational visits to the National Aquarium and the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET).

Over the next three months, the team will collaborate with biologists, climate experts and activists, to develop a nature-inspired innovation (a product, service, or system) that helps communities adapt to or mitigate climate change impacts.     

MASD Peer-to-Peer Workshops 

The MASD'17 team lead two days of facilitated peer-to-peer workshops on January 23 and February 6 designed to share a variety of skills, methods and hidden talents with one another.

Over the course of the two completely self-initiated and self-designed days, each student facilitated or co-facilitated an experiential workshop, covering diverse topics including: Mindfulness Practices, Adobe Illustrator, Stop Motion Animation, Visual Communications & Infographics, Digital Prototyping Tools, AutoCAD & Sketchup, Illustration & Hand Lettering, Political Communications Planning, Process Blogging, Workshop Planning, Facilitation, Public Speaking, Intro to Grant Writing, and Management & Timelining. 
MASD'16 Alum Diamond James selected as Up/Start Finalist

Diamond James (MASD'16) was selected as a finalist in the Up/Start Venture Competition, an initiative of MICApreneurship, focused on incubating and building creative business ventures within the MICA community. Diamond was selected following a pitch of her idea for a roomsharing enterprise. She now enters an 8-week process with Up/Start mentors in preparation for another pitch before judges in April where five winners will divide $100,000 in prize funding to support the start up of their venture.
MASD team selected to present at Neighborhood Institute
A proposal from MASD'17 team Maria Isabel Garcia Diaz, Devika Menon, Molly Reddy, and Rachel Serra was selected for Strong City Baltimore's 10th Annual Neighborhood Institute on Saturday, April 29th at the Baltimore Design School.

The team's proposal, "Social Design for Community Problem Solving," is based on their collective work in a Practice Based Studio with Faculty Lead Becky Slogeris focused on addressing Youth STIs. The interactive workshop will be part of the Building Collective Power afternoon workshop track and will introduce the concepts of social design, how the process can be applied to existing community problems, and how everyone can contribute to the creation of innovative and effective solutions for social change.    

Lee Davis selected for James Irvine New Leadership Network
Center for Social Design Co-Director Lee Davis has been named to The James Irvine New Leadership Network (NLN), an initiative to connect citizen leaders who can help drive significant change in their community.

The NLN is a project of The James Irvine Foundation of California whose mission is to expand economic and political opportunity for families and young adults who are working but struggling with poverty.    

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Project Spotlight: HealthiAir

What if every home in Baltimore was able to breath happy and health?

Through a collaboration last fall with the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) to address secondhand smoke exposure and significant disparities, students in the Center for Social Design's Practice Based Studio with faculty lead Becky Slogeris, developed HealthiAir -- a pop-up event helping families create smoke-free comfort zones in their homes, identify practical ways to get started, and connect to resources they need. 

Designed to engage the whole person, honor stories and experiences, acknowledge the reality of addiction, make knowledge actionable, and ease the pathway to change, participants in HealthiAir have the opportunity to share and explore their experiences with smoking indoors through journey-inspired stations aligned with the transtheoretical stages of change and activities, including: 

Exploring the Opportunities: Hearing community stories about the impact of smoking inside and imagining what a smoke-free comfort zone looks like for them. 

Accepting the Challenge: Self-identifying realistic steps they can take and making an actionable plan.

Continuing the Progress: Writing family-based principles to maintain a smoke-free home and leaving with housing and cessation resources.    

Denise Brown, Smile Indias, and Naeeme Mohammadi (MASD'17) are continuing the collaboration with BCHD with the goal of launching HealthiAir this summer where families already are: schools, senior centers, housing, and faith and community-based organizations. 
International Women's Day Event
News & Updates
  • Social Design Fellow Kayla Ingram (MASD'16) is organizing the International Women's Day Celebration on March 8th at MICA.
  • Diamond James (MASD'16) authored a chapter in Routledge's forthcoming Handbook of Sustainable Design. Using her work with the CSD's Oliver Youth Counter-Ad Workshops as a case study, her chapter, "Empowering Citizens Through Design," explores how civic participation through design can combat health and environmental disparities and expands sustainability discourse to explicitly include race and class. 
  • Denise Shante Brown (MASD'17) participated in moonLIT, a Creators Festival showcasing and celebrating the work of women and non-binary creators of color in Baltimore and the DMV area. Denise's poems spoke to her personal experiences of depression, witnessing psychic trauma and the process of healing. 
  • Cally Markovsky (MASD'15) has joined MICA as the Strategic Initiatives Project Specialist in the Division of Strategic Initiatives.
  • Andrea Brown (MASD'14) is Manager and Lead Innovation Facilitator at Deloitte Canada, leading the design, facilitation and management of collaborative breakthrough in Deloitte Greenhouse. 
  • Jonathan Erwin (MASD'13) is Operations Lead at UrbanStems
  • Heejin Suh (MASD'13) was promoted to Senior Designer and the national marketing team at Chipotle.
  • Lauren Weinstein (MASD'13), Senior Social Innovator at the Australian Centre for Social Innovation, co-facilitated the webinar "Measuring Intent and Impact in Social Innovation.".
  • Directors Lee Davis and Mike Weikert participated in the Measured Summit in NYC, focused on understanding and scaling the impact of design in health.
  • Center Co-Director Lee Davis participated as a mentor in the Biomimicry Institute's Accelerator Bootcamp in San Anselmo, California.
Maria Isabel Garcia Diaz
MASD Community Engagement Grant Winners 

Two current MASD'17 graduate students, Maria Isabel Garcia Diaz and Molly Reddy, have been awarded Community Engagement Grants through the MICA Office of Community Engagement, providing funding to initiate or enhance community engagement projects and activities with community partners in Baltimore:

Maria received support for "Juntos Adelante: Designing for Achievement with Latinx Families," a series of human-centered design workshops with Latinx students and families in Baltimore towards co-creating an intervention that promotes college planning and attendance. This relates to Maria's thesis research around access to higher education for Latinx students that demonstrates that foreign-born Latinx students living in the United States are the least likely to complete a four-year college degree. 

Molly received support for collaboration in the Better Baltimore project, a civic innovation event series in collaboration with Impact Hub Baltimore where she is currently working as a Community Design Fellow, and for an accompanying data visualization of neighborhood data with the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore (BNIA-JFI) together with MASD'17 classmate, Smile Indias.
Upcoming Events

National Art Education Association (NAEA) Conference
March 2-4, 2017
New York City, NY
Social Design Associate Becky Slogeris (MASD'12) joins Stacey Salazar (MICA MA in Art Education) and Meghann Harris (Baltimore Design School) to facilitate a workshop on Design Thinking for Assessment at the annual NAEA conference.

Social Design Exchange
Monday, April 24, 6-8pm
The BBOX, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
1601 W. Mount Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD
Join us for the Social Design Exchange, an interactive evening with the MA in Social Design (MASD) Class of 2017 as they share their thesis projects and processes.

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