Making Policy Public
October 1
A program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)

2017 Collaborators

The Asylum Process – Beginning to End – for Asylum Seekers
Designer: Bardo Industries
Advocate: The Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture (PSOT)

Public Utility Regulation for the Common Good
Designer: Hanna Kim
Advocate: Public Utility Law Project (PULP)

Combatting Indoor Air Pollution at Home
Designer: Melissa Gorman
Advocate: WE ACT for Environmental Justice

Community Solutions to Youthful Misbehavior
Designers: Lum + Louie
Advocate: Community Connections for Youth (CCFY)


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The Asylum Process – Beginning to End – for Asylum Seekers
Public Utility Regulation for the Common Good
Combatting Indoor Air Pollution at Home
Community Solutions to Youthful Misbehavior

Bardo Industries

Bardo Industries is an independent multi-disciplinary design studio based in Brooklyn, New York. From global brands to Nonprofits, they take every project with the same passion and commitment, working together with clients to create long-lasting design solutions. Their approach is built on conceptual thinking, research, and collaboration, to develop clear and transformative interactive brand experiences across multiple platforms.

The Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture (PSOT)

The Program for Survivors of Torture (PSOT) provides comprehensive medical, mental health, social and legal services to survivors of torture and war trauma, and their families. They assist survivors in rebuilding healthy, independent lives, and contribute to global efforts to end torture.

Hanna Kim

Hanna Kim is an artist and designer who is interested in building a mistake-friendly choice architecture through data-driven and empathetic communication. By helping others understand complex or abstract information through illustrations, diagrams, maps, and systems, she strives for a more beautiful, just, and coherent world.

Public Utility Law Project of New York (PULP)

The Public Utility Law Project of New York (PULP) is a nonprofit organization that has advocated for universal service, affordability, and customer protections for New York State utility consumers since 1981. PULP crafted the Home Energy Fair Practices Act (HEFPA), which was enacted in 1981 and is known as the “Utility Consumers’ Bill of Rights.” PULP also pioneered New York’s first discount gas rate program for low-income ratepayers in 1993, and they continue to advocate for expanded low-income rates with all of the State’s major energy utilities, telecommunications utilities (including cable companies), and water utilities.

Melissa Gorman

Melissa Gorman is a Brooklyn-based graphic designer and illustrator. Her practice encompasses a diverse range of both client and self-driven projects – touching on the arts, tech, hospitality, food, and advocacy. In addition to her design practice, in 2012 Melissa opened a restaurant and managed its day-to-day operations. This experience gave her a deeper understanding of the role of design in almost everything we do, and how a good design solution from one point of view might now work as well for another. Now returning to her role as a full-time designer, she enjoys eating at restaurants more than running one – but can't help analyzing their systems and design flow. She holds an MFA in Design from SVA and was an inaugaral design fellow in CUP's Public Access Design program.

WE ACT for Environmental Justice

WE ACT for Environmental Justice builds healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low income residents participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. 

Kim Lum

Kim is a designer based in Queens, with a focus on editorial design. She works to make stories and complex bodies of information compelling through illustration and art direction. She hopes to constructively engage people and their communities through design that is cogent, useful, and colorful.

Jeff Louie

Jeff Louie is a designer and illustrator working in New York City. He is excited to collaborate on community projects that merge design thinking with solutions that empower local residents. Jeff graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the City College of New York.

Community Connections for Youth (CCFY)

Community Connections for Youth (CCFY) is a Bronx-based nonprofit whose mission is to empower faith and neighborhood-based organizations to develop community-driven alternatives to youth incarceration. CCFY believes that by empowering parents and families to advocate for themselves and others, and providing training and technical support to community-based organizations and systems stakeholders, we can create opportunities for young people to remain in and be supported by their communities, and deter future involvement with the juvenile justice system.