Vidisha Agarwalla is the Cochlear Center’s Social Design Fellow and a graduate of the Social Design program at Maryland Institute College of Arts, Baltimore. During her time at MICA, she developed a holistic understanding of community-centered, collaborative design processes and learned how to promote the value of design in advancing equity and social justice. She is interested in working at the intersection of social justice, civic innovation, and systems design.


Before graduate school, she worked as a product designer with a social enterprise called BEMPU Health to develop life-saving health products aimed at giving every child a chance to live a full and healthy life, especially in low resource areas. She worked on the ‘KangaSling’, a wrap that enables parents to easily provide prolonged “kangaroo care” (or skin-to-skin contact) to their newborn. Her product is used in many hospitals in India and is also being showcased at the World Health Assembly.


When she isn’t tackling the next social design challenge she loves dancing, playing badminton, and going for a quick swim.

Image of Vidisha Agarwalla smiling in plum-colored jacket against blue sky.

Vidisha Agarwalla

Departmental affiliation (Primary)

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) - Center for Social Design