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Human-centered Design seminar to develop connection with youth experiencing homelessness

1. To understand how young people experiencing homelessness conceptualize meaning, purpose and connection;
2. To develop actionable solutions to increasing meaning, purpose and connection in partnership with young people experiencing homelessness;
3. To pilot an interdisciplinary design thinking curriculum as a tool for university-community engagement and assess its impact on student learning.

This study is embedded within an interdisciplinary, human-centered design graduate course. Students will partner with young people experiencing homelessness to understand how they conceptualize meaning, purpose and connection and then apply a design thinking approach to develop out-of-the-box tools for increasing meaningful connections. Data will come from pre- and post-surveys and focus groups with students and youth as well as from interviews students conduct with youth in the field during the project.