The best way to learn socially engaged design is to apply it and reflect upon it.  This page lists some curricular and co-curricular ways you can get involved with a design project or bring your own big idea.  Then, come use Center for Socially Engaged Design services like SEDA online learning blocks or the consultation service to improve your work.

Also check out other opportunities to engage with C-SED through events, internships, job openings, and funding opportunities. We invite you to follow us on social media or watch our headlines to get the latest updates.

Deep Dives

Join us to learn more about socially engaged design topics in depth.  Deep Dives are geared toward students and project teams with existing design projects seeking to advance their work.  These events may take the form of consultations, workshops, guided build days, discussion circles, etc.

All Deep Dives are Fridays, 1-3PM in 3360 GG Brown unless otherwise noted.

Fall 2017 Deep Dive Schedule:

  • 9/22: Talking about Socially Engaged Design
  • 10/13: Intro to Prototyping (in the C-SED Workshop: 3341)
  • 11/10: Problem Definition
  • 12/8: Community Engagement

Check out past Deep Dives:

Socially Engaged Design Awards

C-SED recognizes design teams that demonstrate substantial attention to social, cultural, economic, and environmental contexts in their design process and presentation with Socially Engaged Design Awards.

Check out past Awards and upcoming opportunities here:


Many student organizations apply principles of socially engaged design in their own work.  If you’re looking for a way to build your design skills and get involved on campus and in the community, check out some of these orgs who are friends of C-SED:


There are many ways to study principles of socially engaged design across the University of Michigan. Just a few of the units offering courses, research projects, or resources in this area:

Offering undergraduate minors (and much more):

Offering other graduate student academic resources and services (and much more):

Leading research initiatives:

Annual Conferences

Network and/or present on your own socially engaged design work with professionals in the field at one of these conferences: