Design for Humanity Summit – Friday, June 22

On behalf of the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs and the UN Migration Agency (IOM) we would like to invite you, your students and your institution to join us on Friday, June 22 for the Design for Humanity Summit at Fordham University. This one-day event will explore the intersection of design and humanitarian action in promoting human dignity.

This summit is geared towards exploring how to bridge the area of expertise between creative practitioners and academic researchers. We believe that by creating connections between humanitarians and design professionals that such collaborations can result in designs for dignified and sustainable solutions to tackle today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. At the same time, the Summit offers students the opportunity to directly engage in dialogue with humanitarian and design professionals to think through some of the most pressing problems facing humanity.

Presenters from organizations and companies include the Airbel Center at the International Rescue Committee, UNICEF, MASS Design Group, The MoMA,, The UN Migration Agency, the UN Refugee Agency, Airbnb, and more. They will be in dialogue with individuals from lead academic institutions such as Harvard Graduate School of Design, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya School of Architecture, and Portland State University for Public Interest Design. We also will hold break out sessions allowing for dynamic engagement between participants and experts.

Registration for the Design for Humanity Summit is now open and the agenda is on our website at The Design for Humanity Summit is offering free entry to students and university faculty. Please spread the word to your students and networks!

This Summit also marks the beginning of an IIHA-IOM multi-year research initiative on humanitarian design. Come learn more about how to get involved!

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