I am a part of a student led entrepreneurship club at my University which we started as a place for students to learn how to create solutions for entrepreneurial concepts proposed by students, as well as external partners. LEAP is an acronym that stands for Leading Endeavours with Action and Purpose.
The club was initiated in early 2016 by a group of students from the Strategic Design and Management program at Parsons and has grown ever since. I am currently the Design Lead and have been in charge of creating digital and print deliverables for the club.
Our brand identity represents our thought process. We emphasise on using design thinking and strategic frameworks to develop our ideas. Taking inspiration from the Japanese art form of origami, our identity brings to life the different stages of this iterative process.
As a part of the Global Vision International (GVI) volunteer team, I spent the summer of 2016 in Pez Maya with a group of amazing people from around the world! This project works in conjunction with several highly regarded organisations such as Amigos de Sian Ka’an, a Mexican NGO famous for their conservation work. Through such partnerships, we as volunteers were sure that our efforts were making a serious and measurable impact under the water.
We studied how to identify different coral species using the CoralWatch methodology and collected data determining the ecological health of different species of corals in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve area. The base team I was a part of collected and analysed marine debris on a weekly basis through beach cleans. I was also an active part of education and awareness programs within the local community of a nearby fisherman's village called Punta Allen.
While interning with 17000 ft Foundation, I was a member of the base team in Leh that monitors the libraries and infrastructure set up by the NGO. I had the opportunity to visit seven government schools around the valley where I got to teach them their regular subjects and interact with the students through art and storytelling.
I was a Facilitator for two volunteer group projects with TeamUp@17000ft. "Ramites@17000ft" was the first group, with high school students from The Shri Ram School - Moulsari based in Gurgaon, India. With them, I spent 10 days in Govt. Middle School, Fotoksar.
The second group was "High Altitude Education" with Operation Groundswell, an organization based in Canada. We spent 2 weeks in Centralized Residential School, Lingshed.