Past IMPACT Projects

The 2013-2014 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Award Winners

To Lemon Hill
Collaborators: A Turkish private school and an architecure firm
Izmir, Turkey

  • Ekin Balcioglu (MFA Fine Arts/MA Visual and Critical Studies)
  • Debbie Ebanks Schlums (MFA Fine Arts/MA Visual and Critical Studies)
  • Hubert Wong (BFA Film)
  • Calder Yates (MFA Fine Arts/MA Visual and Critical Studies)

To Lemon Hill is project whereby Syrian refugee children can access education in Turkey. Established as a Saturday programme, the children are bussed to a school where volunteer teachers and high school students teach Turkish and other subjects.

Instructa-Coop: Constructing Food Justice
Collaborator: City Slickers Farms 
West Oakland, California

  • Frances Reid (MArch)
  • Logan Kelley (MArch)
  • Leila Khosrovi (MArch)
  • Shawn Komlos (MArch)
  • Hachem Mahfoud (MBA in Design Strategy)
  • Brendan Williams (MArch)

Instructa-Coop built a chicken coop on the City Slickers Farms community park and farm in West Oakland. Additionally, they constructed a small-scale information board about the chicken coop and designed a website to educate the public about urban, backyard chicken raising.

Puerto el Morro Pig Project
Collaborator: APROFE, Association for Welfare of the Ecuadorian Family 
Puerto el Morro, Ecuador

  • Leah Zaldumbide (BArch)
  • Yuliya Grebyonkina (BArch)
  • Margherita Buzzi (MFA Design)

To address the sanitation issue of local pigs roaming freely in Puerto el Morro, Ecuador, Puerto el Morro Pig Project designed and built a pig pen in collaboration with local community members. Taking into consideration the cultural importance of pigs to this community, they introduced a safe, sturdy, and comfortable space for the pigs that provided food, shade, water, and rest.


The 2012-2013 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Award Winners

Team Escalar: Embracing Local Solutions

Collaborators: Alter Terra

Los Laureles Canyon, Tijuana, Mexico

  • Isaac Buwembo (MBA in Design Strategy)
  • Maria Paula Navia (MBA in Design Strategy)
  • Payal Patel (MBA in Design Strategy)
  • Mariana Quiroga (MBA in Design Strategy)

In collaboration with Alter Terra and Project Concern International, Team Escalar aims to improve quality of life in low-income, environmentally threatened neighborhoods in Los Laureles canyon of the Tijuana River watershed, into safe, healthy, productive and empowered communities.


Alemany Outdoor Community Kitchen

Collaborators:  Alemany Farm

San Francisco, California

  • Alex DeCicco (BArch)
  • Hugh Vanho (BArch)
  • Eric Rogers (BFA Interior Design)
  • Alan Hayes (BArch)
  • May Ching (BFA Graphic Design)
  • Sara Schneider (BArch)

Working with San Francisco's largest food production site, Alemany Farms, Community Kitchen built  an outdoor kitchen structure to benefit the over 2,500 visitors and volunteer workers


STAND UP: Courage is Contagious

Collaborators:  Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition

Kingston, Jamaica


  • Kristina Kotlier (MArch)
  • Raine Paulson-Andrews (MArch)
  • Roberto Gomez Hernandez (MFA, MA Visual Critical Studies)


STAND UP: Courage is Contagious is a social media campaign to create an active community for LGBTQ rights in the most homophobic country in the western hemisphere. In collaboration with the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and its underground counterpart, the Jamaica Form for Lesbians, All-Sexuals & Gays (JFLAG), STAND UP: Courage is Contagious launched the first international campaign to create an active network between LGBTQ Jamaicans and their allies.


The 2011-2012 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Award Winners

Collaborator: Appropriate Rural Technology Institute
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

  • Olivia Nava (MBA in Design Strategy)
  • Sachi DeCou (MBA in Design Strategy)
  • Rachel Gant (BFA Industrial Design)

Juabar is a solar-powered community power hub in East Africa. Their mission was to develop profitable small business opportunities that met community energy needs.

20/20 FOTO: Cross-Border Community Action
Collaborators: Creative Kids (U.S.) and Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa (Mexico)
El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

  • Robert Gomez (MFA Social Practice/MA Visual Critical Studies)
  • Heidi Lubin (MFA Sculpture)
  • Neil Rivas (MFA Photography)
  • Claudia Marquez (BFA Photography)
  • Maria Alzatin Nunez (BFA Sculpture)

20/20 Foto is a cross border community action involving the youth from two different border towns: El Paso, TX and Juarez, Mexico. The group documented, through visual storytelling, how these towns were affected by regional violence.

Collaborators: Alaska Design Forum and KAKM, Alaska Public Television
Kivalina, Alaska

  • Jesus Landin-Torrez III (MFA Social Practice)
  • Teresa Baker (MFA Painting)
  • Steve Sanchez (BFA Furniture Design)
  • Floris Schonfeld (MFA Film)

KVAK TV is a web-based portrait of the small coastal village of Kivalina, Alaska. The resulting website, written solely by Kivalina youth, tells the story of what life is like for them in their small town of only 440 inhabitants.


The 2010-2011 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Award Winners

IMPACT Skyline
Collaborators: Skyline High School
Oakland, CA

  • Alvin Cheung (MBA in Design Strategy)
  • Michelle Dawson (MBA in Design Strategy)
  • Corey Lee (MFA Design)
  • Sanam Nassirpour (MBA in Design Strategy)

IMPACT Skyline proposed an innovative and collaborative new working environment at Skyline High School. The team thought creatively about building and space, used interactive technology, and provided professional development workshops for teachers.

Social Craft
Collaborators: Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology
Bangalore, India 

  • Cara Levine (MFA Sculpture)
  • Nicholas Morris (BFA Sculpture)
  • Cassie Thornton (MFA Social Practice)

Working with local experts, Social Craft proposed a five-week-long course at Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore. The course involved building an actual house on campus to explore the boundaries between education and life; the project built a lasting relationship between the two colleges.

WAZO Design Institute
Collaborator: Muthaa Community Development Foundation
Kayafungo, Kenya 

  • Konina Biswas (MFA Design)
  • Benjamin Ilka (MFA Fine Arts)
  • James Lee (MBA in Design Strategy)
  • Paul Wood (MFA Design)

WAZO Design Institute created a design and production facility to supporting entrepreneurialism and product development in Kayafungo, a rural community in eastern Kenya.

Read more about the projects on the IMPACT Projects blog.