TRACK X DSIL Challenges!

Your Pathway to the DSIL Experience + Certificate


The "DSIL Challenges" are created to deepen your learning as you begin your 'DSIL Journey' all the way through to the end. The challenge will require you to be intentional and reflective. They will also accelerate your engagement with the community. Some challenges you will need to connect with others in order complete them. As a specialized media track, X has a few different requirements for the challenges. This document will explain it all.

In total, there are 11 X 'Challenges': 4 Pre-Course Challenges, 4 Field Immersion Challenges, 3 Post-Immersion Challenges.

  • Pre-Course Challenges encourage you look inward, and push you to connect with the DSIL community. Pre-course challenges also ask you to get in the know with the course content. Note: Pre-Course Challenges all need to be completed BEFORE you arrive at the course.We want to utilize every minute together on the Immersion Course, so please be intentional about coming prepared.

  • Field Immersion Challenges encourage you practice tools, skills and discuss theories while you are on your immersion. For Track X , this also means working hard to produce and show a video by the end of the immersion week. Get ready!

  • Post Immersion Challenges help you to reflect on your experience in a meaningful way for the future of DSIL as well as yourself and expand your network both personally and professionally! "We are doing nothing if we are not doing it together!"

Successfully completing all 11 of the challenges (on time and in addition to the 10 online VC reflections) is the best way to obtain the Designing For Social Innovation and Leadership Certificate from the UN mandated Graduate University, UPEACE. None of the challenges are optional.

Here are some quick notes.

  • Everything you need to know about the challenges are on the Smore flyers linked below. Each flyer will have the important information needed such as the requirement, the deadline, and who to submit information to if needed. (
  • The challenges are a baseline. How in depth you take these challenges will be, of course, a personal choice. The more you put in, the more you as well as our community will get out of them.

To complete before December 4th:

  • DSIL Challenge #1
  • DSIL Challenge #2
  • DSIL Challenge #3
  • DSIL Challenge #4- Track X, you will be doing a Lean Creative Brief (LCB) instead of a Lean Canvas. You can find the LCB by clicking here. The LCB is designed to help you start the idea you have for your media production during the track. Note: as you are exchanging the LCB for the Lean Canvas, you are still required to go over the Field Guide on Human-Centered Design.

To start thinking about before arriving to your field immersion:

To start preparing before December 15th (due date for ALL DSIL participants):

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MEET KATY! Our DSIL Education Experience Designer and Community Facilitator

Katy will be you primary point of contact for the 'Challenges'. Should you have any specific questions about them she is always happy to help out- you can contact her by email at

Also- a little more on her background:

Katy Grennier has spent the last ten years internationally and domestically building and expanding youth and adult education programs in efforts to push the global community to demand more meaningful learning experiences. Some of these efforts include being on the team of a 4 million dollar capital campaign to build (with the youth) an after-school and summer program for homeless youth in Little Rock, AR at Our House Homeless Shelter as well as creating a progressive charter school that uses the city as the place where inner city kids go out everyday of the week to discover the world around them. Katy insists on putting relationships, authentic connection, and relevance to curriculum first. As a masters graduate at the Bill Clinton School of Public Service, she is now continuing her career in South East Asia on the DSIL team for the second year. See more at