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Thank you for making it possible for the GSD to continue its invaluable education and mission to build a more sustainable, equitable, and beautiful world.

Peggy Burns Associate Dean for Development & Alumni Relations

New Priorities – A Letter

New Priorities – A Letter

Peggy Burns, the new Associate Dean and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, say thank you while reflecting on this special COVID-19 + Racial Equity’s edition of the GSD’s Annual Giving Report.

Hello. It’s Us.

Take a quick look at The Graduate School of Design in 2020 from a bird’s eye view.

Making a Difference in the Lives of Refugees

Making a Difference in the Lives of Refugees

Watch a video message created by two GSD students, Nadyeli Quiroz MDes ’20, MLA ’20 and John Wagner MArch ’19, who are using their design education to make a difference in the lives of refugees.

The GSD Fund Makes an Impact

The GSD Fund Makes an Impact

In March, before COVID-19 swept the nation, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations connected with four GSD students. They shared meaningful experiences, which were made possible by the generosity of alumni and friends who supported the GSD Fund. Hear directly from them.

Photo credit: Photos

Reframing Uncertainty with the Launch of SEF

Reframing Uncertainty with the Launch of SEF

The GSD community came together during COVID-19 for the new Student Emergency Fund which helped to support 100% of students who applied for emergency need funding and unemployment funding through summer research grants.

A Pragmatic Innovation Strategy

A Pragmatic Innovation Strategy

Learn about the important work by this year’s Irving Fellows who are affiliated with the Innovation Task Force, formed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to research and develop new innovations in virtual design pedagogy.

A Step Toward a More Equitable and Just GSD

A Step Toward a More Equitable and Just GSD

The GSD established the Racial Equity and Anti-Racism Fund in July 2020 to raise awareness of how race, racism, and racial injustice affect society (with a focus on the design fields), promoting a culture of anti-racism at the GSD.

Photo credit: Urban Disobedience: 99 Provocations to Disrupt Injustice in St. Louis STU-1507 Toni L. Griffin

Alumni Council Pens Statement on Black Lives Matter

Alumni Council Pens Statement on Black Lives Matter

“As GSD Alumni, we have privilege and we have power. The time to use that power is now. Let us show, through our actions, that Black Lives Matter.”

A Virtual Store for Racial Inequality

A Virtual Store for Racial Inequality

Launched on July 1, this independent, student-led event sold off creative works by designers to raise funds for two organizations fighting against systemic, anti-Black racism.

In Memory Of

In Memory Of

At the GSD, we carry with us the memory of the alumni, faculty, and friends of the school who died in 2020. Each of them made an imprint on the world of design and on our hearts. For that, we are eternally grateful.