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Thesis Blog

This blog tells the story of how Evan Wu, Sharon De La Cruz, and I researched, developed, and redesigned how unaccompanied immigrant teens access crucial information in navigating the immigration system. 


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The amazing Marijke Jorritsma - UX Designer, Educator, and Creative Technologist

I met Marijke through IDM, but have seen more often lately because of her participation in the Combine program through NYC Media Lab. She has an interesting mix of experience within tech, ed, and design and thought she'd be a great person to talk to about my project.

Marijke reminded me of a project I'd seen last year called the Nanny Van, which is an innovative, low-tech medium for Know Your Rights materials for domestic workers. I'm definitely going to take a look again to see what we can learn and apply to our Know Your Rights project. 

Another project she mentioned was Fresh Prep by the Urban Arts partnership, which uses the power of hip-hop to get teens to pass their NY State Regents exams. Music was definitely something we'd discussed in using as a tool for teaching kids KYR material. What if we can get a reggaeton artist that can make a song about what a judge does. 

Marijke also brought up a great point. Who in the community will see these kids and give them these resources? What are the ways we can distribute this information to the kids? 

  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Community centers


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