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Ford College Network Tech for Social Impact Accelerator

This program unites teams of students from invited FCN member institutions for a two-semester student competition addressing a pressing community challenge while partnering with a local community host organization.


Session Dates
Virtual Launch: Oct. 17 & 20

Virtual Session: January 23 OR 26 (AM or PM)

Virtual Session: February 20 OR 23 (AM or PM)

Virtual Session: March 5 OR 8 (AM or PM)

Virtual Session: March 19 OR 22 (AM or PM)

Pitch: Week of April 15
Challenge Sponsored By:

Ford Motor Company Fund

Available Certificate

HFLI Design Thinking Level 2

What you are going to learn
Student teams will build skills with and apply design thinking tools and methods, as well as utilize an entrepreneurial approach, to develop an actionable solution response to their identified challenge, generating ideas and action plans that have the potential to create broad social and economic positive impact.  
Throughout this experience, you will:

  • Become fluent with design thinking tools and methods
  • Create broad social and economic positive impact
  • Interact with Ford Fund leadership,Ford Motor Company employees


Theodore Kozerski guides the strategic growth of HFLI’s learning programs, while developing unique resources and experiences that help learners to think creatively, work collaboratively with others, and implement innovations. He brings a unique perspective to the role that blends a passion for socio-cultural anthropology, formal study and application of human-centered-design methods, experience as an entrepreneur, and a lens for inclusion and access. Theodore earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from Wayne State University and identifies as a committed lifelong learner.
Deborah Parizek
Deborah Parizek drives HFLI’s efforts to provide workshops, programs and site coaching that pair effective education and human-centered design approaches, empowering learners to lead transformational change in, with and for their community. She is known for cultivating the conversations, empathy, and capacity critical to addressing complex challenges. Prior to joining HFLI in 2005, Deborah designed and directed extensive teacher leadership development programs for multiple school systems.
Gary Tubbs
Gary Tubbs joined HFLI in mid-August as our newest Design Fellow. In this role, Gary works closely with the programs team to acquire design thinking mindsets, skills, knowledge, and tools, especially as they apply to innovative use in social innovation, K-20 and youth programming. Over time, Gary will bring his education and experience in the design field to bear in the effective development, administration, and coordination of multiple major engagement series for HFLI.