ALL TOGETHER NOW: ENGAGING STUDENT DIVERSITY AND CREATING COMMUNITY WITHIN THE CLASSROOM AND STUDIO
Using ID's transformative problem-solving strategy, participants will design methods to help engage students and build stronger more dynamic communities in our diverse classrooms/studios.
Vrouyr Joubanian is a candidate for the Master of Industrial Design degree at The University of the Arts, expected to graduate in May of 2014. His name being historically difficult to pronounce, he often goes by simply “V.” Born in Lebanon, and of Armenian descent, Vrouyr studied industrial design and interior architecture in Beirut before traveling to the United States to pursue his second Masters. With first hand experience of the social issues in his home country, he has been thinking strategically about applying his diverse skill set in collaborative settings for years before crafting this thesis. A speaker of four languages, partial to practically every kind of dessert known to man, with a keen understanding of history and politics, Vrouyr is an excellent host and tour guide if you ever find yourself in the Middle East.
Jordan Shade is a candidate for a Master of Industrial Design expected to graduate this May. She loves cooking, camping, hosting parties with 90’s hip hop music and generally anything that involves an outdoor grill. She has been passionate about education since she was a young girl forcing her even younger brother to play "school," although her understanding of the concept has become more refined since then. Her background is in fine art and early childhood development, but her latest work has been with engaging homeschooling teenagers using design-based learning.
Nidhi Jalwal is a candidate for Master of Industrial design program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. An Indian student with her undergraduate degree in leather design, Nidhi has traveled, worked with several fashion designers, artists, communities and co-conceived a lifestyle accessory based start-up before moving to the US. Her passion for working with people and engaging different communities with design drew her to human centered design where healthcare interests her the most at this time. She has worked with the University of Pennsylvania’s Health System for almost two years on projects like Employee Health, Cancer patient experience etc. and her experience has helped her develop a good knowledge of large organizations and systems analysis.
Min Yeh is a candidate for the Master of Industrial Design at UArts, graduating in this May. With graphic design work experience and BFA as background, she appreciates visual communication through different disciplines. She is always trying to make changes for better that results in her recent finished thesis work – A toolkit for task management and interaction across cultural barriers. Using design to improve different levels of interaction with communities is her new goal. Meanwhile, exploring different places to travel is another one.