Global Issues Design Challenge - Dominican Republic

Global Issues Design Challenge - Dominican Republic

Build your skills to change the world on a week-long (remote) adventure to the Dominican Republic. Meet the local team and learn about the DR’s work to tackle the issues of inequality. Then, using IDEO’s Design Thinking framework, collaborate with your team of Rustic students from around the globe to identify a specific problem and develop and pitch a solution.

The issue of statelessness has affected the DR very acutely thanks to a history of sugar cane plantations and construction using migrant workers. Without identity documents, people cannot study past 8th grade, get a job in the formal sector, travel freely within the country, get a passport to travel outside the country, vote, get legally married, or have a bank account. Although the number is hard to know precisely, UNHCR claims there are upwards of 10 million stateless people around the world.

During the Global Issues Design Challenge, you will:

  • Be empowered to take real action at a time when the world is ready for change.
  • Develop creative thinking skills, grow as a global citizen, and have practiced thinking about systems for change.
  • Network with like-minded Rustic Pathways students and staff, and experts from around the world.
  • Apply a Design Thinking framework with your team to quickly iterate creative solutions.
  • Earn a 15 hour Community Impact Certificate reflecting the time spent on the program.
  • Build something to brag about on your college transcript.
Program Profile
Program Profile

Your Rustic program leaders will guide you on this learning journey, and local experts will join to share context and insights. You and your team will drive the learning journey, diving into your burning questions about how these critical issues impact our world, and where your passions and interests connect with creating meaningful change.

Join our DR team and learn about the historical, social, and legal context of statelessness there. Learn about the impact of this can have on people and society in terms of economic and human outcomes. Finally, learn about the actions being taken to help create positive outcomes in the DR and the challenges they continue to face.

Weekly Overview

Monday : Empathize – Live interaction with the DR country team. Learn about statelessness, immigration, and local culture.
Tuesday : Define– Get to know your Rustic Pathways program leader and team of Rustic students. Further discussions help you build further background knowledge.
Wednesday : Ideate – Brainstorm ideas with your team for how you might combat inequalities. The sky’s the limit here!!!!
Thursday : Prototype & Test – Work with your group to flesh out your solution concept and plan your final presentation.
Friday : Present – Live presentations of your plans! The team with the best plan wins Rustic gear!