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Design for America Leadership Studio 2015!

Design for America

Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM - Monday, August 10, 2015 at 3:00 PM (CDT)

Design for America Leadership Studio 2015!

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
LS '15 Student Attendee Ended $50.00 $0.00

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The Design for America Leadership Studio (DFA LS ’15) is a chance to gain immersive experiences in human-centered design with a hands-on project, develop your creative leadership skills, and prepare for an awesome year as a Design of America leader. 

This year's $50 registration fee is to contribute to the food for the weekend so that we can bring as many students as possible!! 

Check out event details here! 


  • TRAVEL: 
    • This year's Leadership Studio will take place in Evanston, IL, just outside of Chicago on August 6th-10th. Activities will kick-off at 7:00pm Thursday August 6th and wrap up by Monday August 10th at 3:00pm.
    • Both O'hare and Midway are good airport options to fly in and out of, although public transit is slightly easier from O'hare.
    • Indicate on your registration if you would like a roommate and we will put you in touch within two weeks of the May registration deadline. (Roommates should then coordinate amongst each other who will pay for the room and how the other person will be reimbursed. Paypal is an easy way to go and many banks offer mobile payment options.)
    • We have reserved a conference rate at the nearby Best Western for $99/night or ~$45/night with a roommate. After you have been assigned a roommate, book your room before July 6th. Just mention Design for America to get the discounted rate!
    • Some Evanston host are available for those who need it. On a first come first served basis. If you know someone locally, you can stay with them, we just asked you stay within a 20 minute walk to campus. 
    • Any cancellations made after July 15th will incur a $50 late cancellation fee. 


Need funding to help cover your flight and housing costs.? Check out the tips below!

    • Many universities offer support for students to go to conferences. But watch out, universities can be full of bureaucracy. Go right to the department head and make your case for why they should support you going! Have your DFA pitch ready to go, describe who you are and why coming to this event is important for your education.
    • Help all your DFA studio leads make it this year by holding a fundraiser! You can host a potluck dinner, sell hand-made DFA t-shirts, do a bake-sale, you name it!
    • Ask people to donate their miles to cover your airfare!
    • Make the case to your parents or care-taker why you need to come to this workshop so that you can join the pre-eminent network for leaders of innovation.
    • For those demonstrating financial need and have actively searched for external funding, some may qualify for DFA scholarships to cover registration, housing, and/or travel. Scholarships applications are on a rolling basis, so APPLY FOR A DFA SCHOLARSHIP HERE by May 19th! 


Semester Schools: May 26th
Quarter Schools & New Studios: June 2nd 



Have questions about Design for America Leadership Studio 2015!? Contact Design for America

When & Where

Segal Design Institute
2133 Sheridan Rd
Evanston, Il 60201

Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM - Monday, August 10, 2015 at 3:00 PM (CDT)

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Design for America

Design for America is a national network of people working together to improve their communities. Founded at Northwestern University in 2009, Design for America has since worked with more than 4000 passionate students and design professionals to help more than 300 communities to tackle challenges — ranging from accessible healthcare to drinkable water. To prepare the next generation of social innovators, Design for America trains interdisciplinary teams to work together to identify meaningful challenges and iteratively develop sustainable solutions.

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