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Get Involved


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Get Involved


Our DFA studio does not happen without the amazing people both in our organization and those who support us externally. Interested in connecting with us or getting involved? Check out the different roles members of our network take, and feel free to contact us with any questions or interest.

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Students


Students


DFA is for everyone.

Designers. Engineers. Businesspeople. Critical Thinkers. Innovators. It doesn’t matter — If you are passionate about creating positive social change, DFA wants you. We are open to all majors, all years, and most importantly, all ideas!

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What You Can Expect

(And what we expect from you!)

We hold studio-wide meetings from 1-3 pm every Sunday in Steger 600. This is the time to think up crazy projects, bounce ideas off one another, and share what your project teams have been working on. Each project team will usually hold an additional meeting during the week to work on their design.

The bottom line? The more you put in, the more you’ll get out. DFA is a great way to put your ideas to work in a real-world application. No rules, just innovation.

How to Apply

We can’t wait to work with you! At the beginning of each semester, we open up an application to join DFA. Check back here later to jump on board when the next application opens! In the meantime, be sure to follow us on our social media accounts to stay up-to-date with what we're doing and the recruitment process.

If you are interested but not sure you want to fully commit yet, don't worry! We hold information sessions the first couple weeks of each semester, where you can come get more info and ask us questions. We also host a no-commitment Design Sprint before official meetings start, so you can get hands-on experience with the DFA process and see if you want to join!

 
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Good news—we're about to begin fall recruitment!

Check out the homepage for info on dates, information sessions and the upcoming application, and follow us on our social media platforms to stay fully up-to-date with deadlines and events.

If you want more information about DFA before deciding to apply, feel free to check out one of the recruitment events at the beginning of the semester to meet us and ask questions! Also, you can always feel free to shoot us an email at ucincinnati@designforamerica.com.

 

Connect with us!

If you have questions, navigate over to the “contact us” page, or shoot us an email at ucincinnati@designforamerica.com. To keep up with our updates for future events and recruitment, follow us on our social media platforms!

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Mentors


Mentors


DFA is more than a student organization: it is a network of students who are learning important skills and changing the world. We are always looking for experts and professionals to share their skills and experience with our studio.

What Does a Mentor Do?

As a mentor, you can assist our studio in a variety of ways. Whatever you are interested in or whatever your time commitment, the University of Cincinnati DFA studio welcomes your guidance! Our mentors can do anything, including providing guidance and advice to project teams, attending critiques and final reviews, connecting us with other community members and organizations, speaking at skillshares or events, and even simply bringing a new perspective to the table.


Connect with us!

For more information on mentorship opportunities, shoot us an email at ucincinnati@designforamerica.com, or navigate over to the “contact us” page.

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Community Partners


Community Partners


DFA’s core is a national network of creative innovators dedicated to solving problems in our community. Every project we work on is established with support from local partners, including both individuals and organizations.

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What Does a Community Partner Do?

Our partners’ roles include helping us define areas of social need, connecting us with users and stakeholders, providing us with resources and connections for prototyping and implementation, or all of the above.

Who Can Be a Community Partner?

DFA tackles problems relating to economy, education, environment, and health. If you or your company/organization fall under one or several of these missions, we would love to discuss potential opportunities!


Connect with Us!

For more information on partnership opportunities, email us at ucincinnati@designforamerica.com, or navigate over to the “contact us” page.