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Design and Merchandising Featured Programs and Projects

Our commitment to community engagement is exhibited through service-learning opportunities led by faculty and students.

Student interns mapped additional buildings to add to the Architectural Virtual Library, an interactive website designed to educate the public on historic buildings – both on and off campus.

The Patchwork Initiative, a recent addition to CSU and the Fort Collins community, is looking to change the fact that the clothing and textile industry is the world’s second-largest polluter through several sustainability initiatives on campus.

Assistant Professor Leah Scolere provided Interior Architecture and Design students the opportunity to gain real-world experience by working with the Early Childhood Center’s parents and staff to create design-focused solutions for the center’s new space.

Sonali Diddi, associate professor, is an inaugural fellow in President McConnell’s Leadership Fellows program. Professor Diddi will continue her work in community development under Blake Naughton, Vice President for Engagement and Extension, who serves as her mentor.

CSU’s Department of Design and Merchandising welcomed over 30 middle-schoolers to the Fashion FUNdamentals summer STEM enrichment program.  The students gained confidence in the STEM disciplines through fashion-focused lessons in textile science, digital textile design, pricing and costing, and many more.

Education at Colorado State University prioritizes not only preparing students for their future, but also providing an extraordinary foundation for giving back to the community through service-learning projects.

Connecting to the Community

The Department of Design and Merchandising engages with the community through the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, Fashion FUNdamentals, a summer STEM program for middle-school youth, the Nancy Richardson Design Center, and other community projects and programs.

The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising houses our historic costume and textiles collection. The museum is open to the public with rotating exhibits, and also offers a hands-on laboratory for textile scholars and students.

Fashion FUNdamentals is a two-week, summer program which taps middle-school youths’ interest in fashion to enhance their capabilities and self-esteem in science, technology, engineering, and math.

An interdisciplinary facility on campus, the Nancy Richardson Design Center is a hub for design-thinking entrepreneurship and a magnet for creativity to facilitate meaningful connections among CSU students, faculty, and the community.

Design and Merchandising Community Engagement and Service Learning News