Students for Design Activism is a Campus Life program in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. The mission of SDA is to produce innovative, collaborative and effective design solutions that address vital community needs. SDA fosters professional growth for students and provides communities with a design voice in an atmosphere of collaboration and innovation.
We are a group of students who are interested in using our skills in design to engage with our community in the Twin Cities, MN, metropolitan area. We are graduate and undergraduate students in landscape architecture, architecture, engineering, interior design, graphic design, and more.
SDA generally takes the following types of projects:
SDA provides design advice as a volunteer organization to community partners that would otherwise not have a design voice. We do not take on the following types of projects:
If you or your organization are in need of SDA’s skills and services, please contact us. If your project fits the skills and interests of student members, we may be able to take it on (we cannot, however, guarantee that students will be available). If SDA commits to a project, we will provide the following:
SDA is dedicated to producing innovative designs through a collaborative process. We hope to work alongside our community partners and clients in a mutual learning environment. We expect our partners to:
SDA is a non-profit organization and provides its services for free. However, some projects may require reimbursement for student out-of-pocket expenditures, including mileage, printing, copying, required materials, mailings, etc. A contract regarding these costs as well as all other expectations of the project will be established at the commencement of every SDA project.
If you have any other questions, please contact us.