Susana Ruiz

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Susana Ruiz is a doctoral student in Media Arts & Practice at USC's School of Cinematic Arts and co-founder of the activist design collective Take Action Games.

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Susana Ruiz is an award-winning media designer and activist whose research interests include the intersections of art, journalism, game design, and politics. In 2006, her MFA thesis project, "Darfur Is Dying," won the top prize in MTVu's Darfur Digital Activist competition and has gone on to receive widespread acclaim and worldwide distribution. This "game for change" addresses aspects of the current humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of the Sudan, while educating players about the crisis and inviting them to engage emotionally with residents of a Sudanese village. Susana has also produced and directed "RePlay: Finding Zoe," an educational game for children on the subject of domestic violence that won the Ashoka Changemakers competition & The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation "Why Games Matter" game contest in 2007. Susana is co-founder of the politically-engaged game design company Take Action Games and is continuing to pursue her work in social issue-driven games, activist digital art and interactive design as a doctoral student in Media Arts & Practice at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cooper Union and an MFA in Interactive Media from USC's School of Cinematic Arts.

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