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Closing Celebration Recap

Posted by on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 in news.

The Local OACS DIVE: Refugee Resettlement Closing Celebration was a wonderful opportunity to gather the cohort, cohort mentors, and community and campus partners together to hear about the incredible work of this semester’s design groups. Four design groups worked with nonprofit partners to work through the human-centered design process in support of agencies that resettle and support refugees in the local Nashville community. Design groups worked directly with their community partner to define the following design questions:


Catholic Charities: How might we redesign the cultural orientation delivery method for newly arrived refugee families to make it more participatory and personalized?

NICE (Nashville International Center for Empowerment): How might we increase exposure of refugee high school students to a wider English vocabulary?

FASHA (Fervent Assistance to Survivors for Healthy Adjustment): How might we develop an agricultural and business plan for flowers to increase refugees’ source of income?

Nashville Public Library: How might we increase English language acquisition of immigrant and refugee populations in Nashville by increasing attendance at conversations clubs?


Once defined, student design groups prototyped around these questions and presented their final prototypes to community partners and all attendees at the Closing Celebration. OACS would like to extend a thank you to all community and campus partners who support design groups through the Local OACS DIVE program!



Photos by: Susan Urmy