Give Big: Redesigning the college experience for undocumented youth

Spring 2014 Course, d.School

Teaching Team:

Nadia Roumani, Lucy Bernholz, Olivia Vagelos (TA)

Course Description

Use human centered design to shape your giving, while also considering the roles of larger systems.

When individuals or organizations attempt to solve social problems by giving money, they often overlook the people at the center of the situation. The bigger the problem, the more removed the donors or funding institutions become from the human experience.

In this class, students learned how to use human centered design to shape their giving, while also considering the roles of larger systems. Students will learned design thinking methods, how to conceptualize a system in which they want to make a difference, and creative ways to think about financing change.

For this class, we partnered with TheDream.US Scholarship Program and the Omidyar Group.  TheDream.US is a national scholarship fund for undocumented immigrant youth who want to obtain a college education and give back to their communities.  The Omidyar Group is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to creating opportunity for people to improve their lives.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Learning by Giving Foundation, students had $10,000 that they collectively distributed during the class towards addressing the given design challenge.

Syllabus will be posted soon.