11898555_10153571945969894_3067111776777180326_n.jpg
12694494_10208382189532954_6019284350251096296_o.jpg
MWM15-3.jpeg
MWM15-4.jpeg
11898555_10153571945969894_3067111776777180326_n.jpg

Who we are


SCROLL DOWN

Who we are


DFA is an award-winning, nationwide network of university students using design innovation for social good, building community, and developing their capacity to take on any challenge. Our studio at the University of Cincinnati is dedicated to impacting the world around us while exploring new skills and what it means to be a designer thinker.

12694494_10208382189532954_6019284350251096296_o.jpg

Our Studio


Our Studio


INTERDISCIPLINARY

We believe that problems are solved better in groups - specifically groups made up of whole brained teams. DFA leverages the amazingly diverse culture at UC, where we are surrounded by students of countless majors and backgrounds. So no matter if you are a designer, engineer, marketer, entrepreneur, dancer, lawyer, artist, teacher, accountant, or anything else—you are welcome to join the #DFAmily!

 

REAL EXPERIENCE

The University of Cincinnati offers students a balance of educational excellence and real-world experience, and our DFA studio reflects that commitment. We don’t just talk about changing the world, we do it.

 

CONNECTED

Our urban campus gives us access to many professionals, companies, and organizations to immerse ourselves in the community and develop a network of people who are committed to bettering our city and the world.

MWM15-3.jpeg

Our Team


Our Team


 

While our general studio members are the ones that truly drive the heart of DFA, our leadership team is especially always available to connect!

 

Jillian Kavinsky
Studio Lead, President

Option2-.png

Catherine Clarke
Studio Lead

download (1).jpeg

Mallory Barkocy
Studio Lead

13327645_10154390489199574_5942783584933290414_n.jpg

D'Van Howard
Team Lead

_DSC4015.jpg

Michael Rice
Team Lead, Recruitment Chair

emily2.jpg

Emily Sabol
Midwest Meetup Coordinator

552957_639731409373704_491331367_n.jpg

Julian Gregory
Team Lead

13584815_10154308774975682_5740631400351485340_o.jpg

Michelle Baverman
DFA Fellow, Studio Founder

MWM15-4.jpeg

National Network


National Network


Design for America is proudly housed at Northwestern University and supports student-led studios at 36 colleges and universities around the country, hosting 125 teams with over 1200 volunteer members, mentors, and community leaders. Studio members share ideas, resources, and best practices, while being supported by a network of more than 9,000 partners and fans.

 
 
 

DFA National's mission is to develop the next generation of social innovators.

Studios across the nation share ideas, resources, and experience, and build friendships at annual events like DFA Leadership Studio and Midwest Meetup. DFA students truly have #DFAmily across the nation!

DFA National Resources

DFA National has developed a series of methods and tools to help interested students, faculty members, or mentors utilize our human-centered design process to tackle local social challenges.


Interested in learning more? Check out the things that get us pumped!