ComUnidad La Piedra

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The design campaign, Comunidad La Piedra, documents a three week immersive design experience in which Metropolitan State University of Denver designers collaborated with the Dominican-Haitian community of La Piedra and the Guanin Cultural Center in effort to positively impact and empower the community youth of La Piedra. The goal with Comunidad La Piedra is to motivate the children of La Piedra to overcome barriers, build positive relationships, and develop confidence to become community leaders.The campaign also encourages community members and youth to obtain the skills they need to help them actively participate in Dominican society.
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Kelly Monico
kmonico@msudenver.edu

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July 3, 2013
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Mural
Completion of the community mural with the children of La Piedra. "We are strong like La Piedra/The Rock".
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ComUnidad La Piedra video
Messageboard
The “Voice of the Community” message board was developed to allow community members to easily share upcoming news and events with one another in one central location.
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MSU Denver designers created a laminated poster series that includes emotions, numbers in English and Spanish, phrases you should know in English and Spanish, and a phonetic alphabet.
Roadsigns
Signage was a way for the Dominican-Hatian town of La Piedra to legitimize and qualify the 2,000 person community to the Dominican government and neighboring towns.
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Community members of La Piedra, especially the youth, face many challenges today. These challenges include limited educational opportunities, economic hurdles caused from high levels of unemployment, absence of strong role models within the community, and lack citizenship rights for Dominicans of Haitian descent.

 
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At this point in time, the design-centered campaign includes a community mural and message board, road signs that legitimize the Dominican-Hatian community, rebranding of the guanin.org website, a sex education pamphlet, and an educational toolkit that demonstrates the learning objectives voiced by the community.