Cal State Northridge interior design students were honored at the Our Community House of Hope (OCHH) fundraiser and banquet last month.
The 15 undergraduate seniors were honored for their creation of “Designs of Hope,” three-dimensional drawings, floor plans and recommended fabrics and furniture to be used in the construction of a low-income, end-of-life home for hospice patients. In addition, 10 graduate students were honored for the artwork they created for OCHH’s proposed facility.
“We hope that other community organizations will take inspiration from our work and consider involving our students in their visions,” said Anubhuti Thakur, assistant professor of interior design in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Thakur learned about OCHH from Tarrik Daou, an architect with VPR Design Architects who has assisted the department in critiquing student projects and serves on the board of OCHH. He introduced Thakur to Teresa Wolf, principal of OCHH, and the professor decided to incorporate the project into her syllabus and allow her students to use it as part of their senior project. It is one of several community-engagement courses supported or encouraged by CSUN’s Center for Community Engagement. The hospice will serve patients in parts of the Valley and Ventura County.
Merri Whitelock, managing director of Community Engagement (formerly known as Community Service Learning), said projects like Designs of Hope are important because they encourage student involvement in the community. She encourages other faculty members to incorporate community or civic service components into their class work.