Spotlight On Design for America: DfA x Dartmouth

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April 21, 2011

By David Seliger

Design for America (DfA) is a network of student-led studios creating local and social impact through interdisciplinary design. DfA equips our generation with the mind-set and skill-set to create social impact. We are a network of student-led design studios that Look Locally, Create Fervently, and Act Fearlessly. Recently, DfA stopped by the Dartmouth campus for an introduction to the program.

Design for America's (DfA) Sami Nerenberg has been on the road for weeks visiting leading universities like Stanford, Cornell and Dartmouth. Sponsored by Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering, DfA has come full-circle with this last stop, as the program's founder Liz Gerber first found inspiration for unconventional design education during Dartmouth's outdoors freshmen orientation. "I realized the potential of peer-to-peer learning and transformation outside of the traditional classroom," said Gerber. "I danced the Salty Dog rag with the first years...then sent them off on their trips with a sense of excitement of what they would learn from each [other] and about themselves..."

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