About Francisca Severino

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ESL Works

ESL Works strives to build a more diverse, efficient, committed, and skilled workforce for the American food industry by designing and delivering English language training and professional development opportunities for employees who face communication barriers. As they expand, ESL Works plans to develop online training tools that will provide affordable resources to individuals who don’t […]

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Entryway Design

Entryway Design works to serve communities that are threatened with symbolic or physical displacement by developing and implementing several prototypical models that combine design, design thinking, and social advocacy. Ilya Benjamin Washington, Strategic Design and Management (MS), Parsons School of Design Marisol Cantu, Entryway Design Team Member Arlene Thompson, Entryway Design Team Member Haluk Oz, […]

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Broke Broadway

Broke Broadway, a newly-incorporated non-profit organization, intends to open a performing and fine arts facility that will be called “Mom Mom’s House” outside Newark, New Jersey. Their mission is to make performing and fine art resources accessible and available to all. Tasneem Nathari, Dramatic Arts (BFA), College of Performing Arts Lisa McCree, Social Worker,  Broke […]

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Building a Pipeline for Racial Equity

Entrepreneurs of color are largely underrepresented and underfunded today. As part of the Racial Equity content track at SOCAP17, the session Building a Pipeline for Racial Equity focused on ways we can cultivate and accelerate inclusive entrepreneurship to change that paradigm. Tony Tolentino, Vice President of Blackstone Charitable Foundation, moderated a discussion among panelists Cliff […]

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The New School Hosted a NYC Media Lab Summit Featuring the Best Thinking, Projects, and Talent in Digital Media

It may have the look of like a science fair. But you won’t see any exploding volcanoes or solar system dioramas here. Instead, the visitor experienced the best projects and talent in digital media from universities in New York City and beyond. This event was part of the NYC Media Lab Summit featuring a demo […]

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Recap: Civic Service Design Studio + Toolkit Launch

On October 6, 2017, the NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, Citi Community Development, and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City launched the nation’s first-ever Service Design Studio and Toolkit dedicated to improving services for low-income residents. A crowd of designers, public servants, students, professors, and non-profit staff came together at Parsons School […]

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The People’s Disruption: Platform Co-ops for Global Challenges

The People’s Disruption: Platform Co-ops for Global Challenges symposium was held at The New School this past Nov 11, 2017. Experiments with cooperatively owned online platforms are demonstrating that democratic business models can be a dynamic force in building a more equitable economy for people across various income, race and class strata, starting with the […]

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International Affair Alum Launches App to Help Brooklyn Small Business Owners

Stuypend is an alternative payment processing system designed to help small independent businesses avoid the high fees of processing credit cards. Think of it like Venmo, but for buying stuff in stores. It’s a mobile app that interacts with a device given to merchants. Customers tap their phone to the merchant device at checkout, or […]

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Close Silicon Valley’s Gender Gap

Silicon Valley has always been a male-dominated world. Based on reports submitted by leading tech companies like Google and Intel, 71 percent of their employees are men and 29 percent are women. But not at Parsons School of Design, part of The New School, where these statistics are reversed. In our Design and Technology MFA […]

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Parsons Students Combat Sex Trafficking Through Game Design

In New Delhi, India, the number of child disappearances is staggering: five youths have been reported missing in the Indian capital every day since 2010. Out of the 8,470 missing children, including 4,620 boys and 2,665 girls, around 1,800 are yet to be found. The troubling explanation? Human traffickers — criminals who deal in the […]

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