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De Nichols

Loeb Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design

De Nichols is 2020 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Based in St. Louis, Nichols serves as the Social Impact Design principal of Civic Creatives, a design strategy agency that develops interactive experiences, tools, and initiatives to help communities engage issues of civic disengagement, youth development, social inclusion, food access and security, and arts and cultural policy. As a cultural producer, Nichols organizes artists to develop digital media and visual artwork that extend the impact of her design practice. She has been a national Ideas that Matter recipient, a two time Clinton Global Initiative innovator, and a St. Louis Visionary. Most recently, she was named a 2017 Citizen Artist Fellow of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and 2018 Artist Fellow with the Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis.

Within her community, Nichols is the youngest member of the Board of Directors for Forward through Ferguson. She previously served on the Board of Directors for Creative Reaction Lab, which educates and equips Black and Latinx youth to foster design based approaches to racial issues within schools and neighborhoods across the United States.

Nichols is an alum of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts and Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.


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