A photographer, a writer and a nature enthusiast, Allison originally hails from a cookie-cutter suburb outside Philadelphia, PA. She received her BS in Secondary English Education and has a diverse background in other fields including food services, library sciences, human resources, and pharmaceuticals. Her varied history has left her clambering for a path to social change, as she's fascinated by the intersection of place, design, and identity: how the story of a land and it's infrastructure affects a community's narrative and one's own personal narrative. In all of her past exploits, Allison has found a way to advocate for the needs of those around her, often lending a listening ear, speaking to leadership on behalf of others and reporting issues of discrimination. In these efforts, she realized her desire to make change on a system level, and she's excited to gain more tools to design better structures to fight injustice.
MA in Social Design students have a variety of backgrounds and experiences and come from around the world to explore the designer’s role and responsibility in advancing equity and social justice.