Center for Socially Engaged Design

Getting Started: If you don’t know how you would like to work with C-SED, reach out through our contact form or swing by our space on the third floor of GG Brown. If you want full access to some of the resources on this site, please login or register here.

Consultation: A wide variety of consultants are available and can aid you in managing your design team, developing socially engaged design skills, review deliverables, and guide your thinking. Our experts are faculty, staff, graduate students with incredible design experience and technical skill. Book a consult today!

Socially Engaged Design Academy (SEDA): Gain expertise in the core topics in socially engaged design. You can go through blocks and take knowledge checks, quizzes, and an application tasks to become a well-versed in a specific socially engaged design skill. SEDA Shorts are also briefer way to be introduced to this content.

Academic Programs: If you want to make your socially engaged design learning part of your coursework, we have several offerings for undergraduates and graduate students! You can jump into a design opportunity with our fieldwork immersion course and be prepared for 4-6 weeks of needs assessment. Get credit and expand your knowledge with the Program in Socially-Engaged Design, Program in Global Health Design, and Program in Sustainable Engineering! As a graduate student, explore socially engaged design through the Master’s of Design Science Socially Engaged Design tracks or the dual Master’s in Engineering Sustainable Systems.

Design Opportunities: C-SED can connect you with a wide variety of curricular and co-curricular opportunities include student design teams, relevant coursework, design competitions, fellowships, and conferences. If you are participating in any type of design, C-SED is also a space to get resources

Prototyping Lab and Meeting Spaces: If you need a place to collaborate, draw out an idea, or build a prototype, the C-SED space on the third floor of GG Brown offers multiple spaces for meeting and consultation. Furthermore, our prototyping lab provides access to modeling equipment, power tools, and 3D printing capabilities with our student staff experts to help you out!

Student Design Teams

If your student design team (in class or extra-curricular) incorporates socially engaged design into your work, C-SED can work with your team to create a personalized plan to build skills and consult with our network of experts! Take a look at the opportunities available below and meet with our consultants to get started!

Curated Content: C-SED meets with your team to identify needs and make a custom plan of tailored workshops, worksheets, and other content for your design team that relate socially engaged design concepts to your project directly. This plan can also

In-team Workshops: C-SED consultants come to your team meeting to lead and run workshops on a variety of topics including Socially Engaged Design Thinking, Design Ethnography, Needs Assessment, User Specifications and Requirements, Concept Generation, and many more!

Field Consultations: For your travels and interactions in communities, C-SED consultants can travel with you or provide remote consultation to help you understand the best workflow and keep you on track.

Prototyping Lab and Meeting Spaces: If your team needs a place to collaborate, draw out an idea, or build a prototype, the C-SED space on the third floor of GG Brown offers multiple spaces for meeting and consultation. You can drop in or reserve rooms ahead of time and can even reserve the large lounge space for meetings! Furthermore, our prototyping lab provides access to modeling equipment, power tools, and 3D printing capabilities with our student staff experts to help you out!