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Alyson Fraser Diaz

Alyson Fraser Diaz comes to DSI from New Jersey. Alyson received a Bachelors degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond and a Graphic Design certificate from Pratt. After graduating, she served a year in AmeriCorps then focused her work in the nonprofit sector. Alyson is passionate about women’s issues and is currently part of an advocacy group that brings awareness to sexual assault and domestic violence. Alyson intends to use her time at DSI to examine ways design can make healing more accessible to trauma survivors.

Nishita Chheda

Nishita Chheda is a visual designer from Mumbai, India, with a love for storytelling and gardening. She is interested in exploring the role of design in creating a common sustainable future, both socially and ecologically. As a research assistant at Sahjeevan, an NGO, she closely worked with nomadic pastoral communities of Kutch. Their life and this experience inspired her to come to DSI. At DSI, she is excited to be surrounded by a like minded community and hopes to eventually contribute in safeguarding traditional knowledge systems and the communities that have been carrying them. She also hopes to adopt a dog and live in a mud house surrounded by a lush green forest one day.

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