Dartmouth's Design Initiative Funds Five New Interdisciplinary Projects

Tools for Wellness

Sid Babla and LB White at the Student Wellness Center (SWC) will use their grant to implement an accessible digital tool that highlights available wellness resources and encourages students to reflect on their own well-being. The idea was developed by students in Design Corps—a DIAD initiative in which students work with campus partners to solve complex problems—who helped identify communication and accessibility as barriers to using the resources available through SWC. The tool, called the Student Wellness Action Plan (SWAP) Quiz, will be refined and tested—an effort already underway by Dakota Ma '22—with the aim to launch by May 2023 during Mental Health Awareness Month.

The Design Initiative at Dartmouth (DIAD) announced a second round of grants to support using design methodology for a range of collaborative projects this time involving student wellness, anti-racism in both music and dermatology, physical computing, and sustainable hands-on education. Although this is the second year of DIAD's faculty project grants, it's the first time staff have also been invited to apply.

"These grants reflect the exceptionally innovative and interdisciplinary work happening all across the Dartmouth community. We are delighted to support these projects and to showcase the possibilities that are unlocked when design becomes a bridge for boldly creative, inclusive, and impact-driven scholarship."

Elizabeth Murnane, Chair of DIAD Faculty Steering Committee

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