Designing for the Global Citizens of Tomorrow

Filmed on June 20, 2019 in San Francisco

Capri LaRocca & Hannah Newman of Minerva Schools at our "Empathy in Design" series.

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Capri LaRocca

City Experience Manager at Minerva Schools

Imagine living in San Francisco, Seoul, Hyderabad, Berlin, Buenos Aires, London and Taipei over the course of your college experience. This is the journey of our students at Minerva Schools at KGI (, an innovative undergraduate program that combines four years of world travel with rigorous, interdisciplinary study. As City Experience Managers we design learning journeys for our students, who hail from over 40 different countries, to tackle projects with local professionals and gain new perspectives from each city in their global rotation. To prepare the future leaders of the world, we believe that education should be active and experiential. In order to accomplish this, we must make empathy a core part of our design process. We are excited to share with you how we create a student-centered college experience.

From communications and UX to permaculture and architecture, Capri LaRocca has experimented with many sides of the design landscape. She earned her Bachelor’s in Science, Technology and International Affairs from Georgetown University, went on to work in marketing communications and was an editor for thought leadership on the future of education. Today she designs systems and experiential learning opportunities for a diverse cohort of students from around the world to learn the practical skills you wished you learned in college.

Hannah Newman

City Experience Manager at Minerva Schools

Hannah Newman graduated from Middlebury College with a neuroscience degree, obtained her Master’s in Science Journalism from NYU, and then embarked on three years of leading experiential education programs — primarily in Latin America. Today, she works to facilitate project based learning opportunities for an international cohort of college students — connecting their structured academic learnings to challenges hosted by local organizations. In addition, she mentors students in their own initiatives and designs large community events for Minerva.