Soul in Transition, Destiny in the Distance


De Nichols is a design activist, social worker, and global lecturer who mobilizes creative changemakers to address issues within the built environment through the production of interactive experiences, digital media, and social initiatives. She is a co-organizer of the national Design As Protest initiative. 

De was a 2020 Loeb Fellow of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and Transnational Fellow with Monument Lab. Through multimedia works and lectures, she has championed the power of design and storytelling to inspire and equip change makers to protest social injustices and design civic solutions for progressive change across American communities. Her efforts as an arts organizer in the 2014 Ferguson Uprising catapulted her to international spotlight as artworks such as the Mirror Casket (2014) were collected by the Smithsonian Institute. De has been deemed as a national Ideas that Matter recipient, a two-time Clinton Global Initiative innovator, and a St. Louis Visionary recipient for her community impact in the arts.

De holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in communications design from Washington University in St. Louis and earned her Master of Social Work specialization in social entrepreneurship from its Brown School of Social Work. She additionally is a Citizen Artist Fellow of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and Artist Fellow with the Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis, MO.


The Playlist

Soothsayer Serenades was conceived by Amrita Hepi and created at Haverford with collaborators selected by Haverford College Exhibits.