Virajita Singh is a designer, educator, researcher, university administrator and an artist. She is a change agent engaging principles of deep creativity and partnership to catalyze and empower individuals and communities, within and beyond the academy, to collaboratively change systems and create socially and environmentally just futures. At the University of Minnesota, Virajita's teaching includes architecture design studios, design thinking classes and courses related to design and sustainability. Virajita founded and leads the Design for Community Resilience (DCR) program at the University of Minnesota's Center for Sustainable Building Research which serves Minnesota communities, particularly in rural Minnesota.
Virajita brings design thinking and innovation to advancing equity and diversity work at the University of Minnesota where she serves as Associate Vice Provost in the Office for Equity and Diversity. Her current academic work is focused on exploring the applied intersections of cultural transformation theory, partnership models, and design thinking as a strategy particularly as it applies to higher education context and on applying participatory design to "Back to Indigenous Futures," a Grand Challenges Research project working with her interdisciplinary university colleagues in collaboration with Dakota and Micronesian community members in western Minnesota.