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El Pueblo Unido Program is an educational relief program with the goal of helping to rebuild and transform public education in Puerto Rico and around the world through adoption of Design Thinking curriculum and invitation of the community into academic programs. Our mission is to use Design Thinking as a way to enable Puerto Rican students to become co-engineers of their learning. Additionally, we want to create sustainable, enriching exchange programs between public school students and educators on the mainland and in Puerto Rico. We are committed to creating and providing opportunities for all students and educators to engage in and experience other cultures while learning and practicing the design thinking process. More detail about our program can be found on the Program page.

Latest News:

January 2020: EPU is asking for everyone to help out nuestros hermanos de Guayanilla!

November 1st, 2019: First Intersession open house of the year in Escuela Francisco Manrique Cabrera!

October 28th, 2019: Intersession launch to our newest partner, Escuela Tomas "Maso" Rivera.

October 23rd, 2019: Starting the second year of intersession at Escuela Francisco Manrique Cabrera!

October 9th, 2019: Teacher Training at FMC to prepare the first intersession of the school year!

October 4th, 2019: El Pueblo Unido leads Mindsets workshop for Enactus UPR Bayamon.

September 23rd, 2019: A very big day for EPU!!! Today we have launched our second school, Escuela Asunción Rodríguez de Sala, into its' first full two-week Intersession program. Mentoria, Design Labs and Exploraciones.

September 10, 2019: El Pueblo Unido had a workshop at UPR Bayamon

August 20th, 2019: World Mosquito Day, EPU met with Ecoexploratorio and they are excited to partner with us for our Explorations program.

August 9th, 2019: This week, EPU Program Directors launched training at the two new schools that have joined our program:

  • Escuela Asunción Rodríguez de Sala in Guayanilla
  • Escuela Superior Tomás "Maso" Rivera in Toa Alta

Both schools will have their first Intersession during the first two weeks of October 2019.

July 18th, 2019: The Program Directors just finish the summer design challenge with the P.R.I.T.S interns. Today is also the last day Jose Obregon is working as Executive Director, as he is finishing his Gap year and getting ready for college. Thank you Jose for all the work you have done for EPU, you will always be part of this family!!!

July 16th, 2019: El Pueblo Unido organized a brunch to thank the exploration teachers that helped out in the first three intersession. Our program thanks everyone that has helped make this year successful. The upcoming Thursday will be the last day that the program directors work with the P.R.I.T.S interns on the Design Challenges.

July 1st, 2019: Our program directors in PR have worked with with summer interns at P.R.I.T.S to share Design Thinking and work on some design challenges. This coming weekend, the EPU team will be having a 3 day work retreat in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

June 9th, 2019: Two EPU Program Directors are in New York City helping Walkbout Consilient School with training of public school teachers in Design Thinking. Carely Mendoza and Claribel Lopez, recent graduates of Escuela Especializada FMC, are representing our program and helping with the launch of a new public high school in The Bronx

January 25th, 2019: Ribbon cutting ceremony establishes Escuela Especializada en Design Thinking Francisco Manrique Cabrera, as the first traditional public high school, in the world, to adopt a comprehensive four-year Design Thinking program.

  • "Design Thinking: potencia intelectual educativa encaminada a la transformación de nuestro universo!" - Rebeca Liz Fuentes (Directora de escuela)
  • "We are so proud to be associated with the visionary and committed educators at Escuela Especializada FMC and be supporting them with this historic initiative. #haciendohistoria" - Jose Obregon (Director of El Pueblo Unido Program)

November 1st, 2018: Sandy Beaches Cruise XXV has chosen the El Pueblo Unido Program as a way for this year's cruisers to support the re-building of schools in Puerto Rico following last year's devastating hurricanes. Cruisers will be bringing student backpacks filled with school supplies and donating money to help accelerate recovery. Students and staff from Escuela Francisco Manrique Cabrera will be waiting to greet and welcome cruisers when they dock in San Juan in January...

October 1st, 2018: The first day of Design Lab at Escuela FMC. 120 eleventh graders with assistance from 12 grade TAs started their introduction to Design Thinking with the classic d.school Wallet Challenge. Students are spending their mornings on learning and practicing the steps of Design Thinking. In the afternoons, they are taking classes ranging from 3D Foam Art, Choir, Computer Programming to Urban Farming. Check out FMC's Facebook post about Day 1...

August 10th, 2018: d.tech Founding Class of 2018 graduate Jose Obregon moves to Puerto Rico for a gap year. Jose will be supporting Escuela FMC's effort to become the first Specialized (magnet) School in Puerto Rico focused on Design Thinking and Innovation.

August 6th - 9th: Three staff members from Escuela FMC traveled to California to attend Design Tech High School's Summer Teacher Institute.

July 31st: 7 employees from the Digital Marketing Group at Pure Storage spent a day with Escuela FMC building rolling white boards and assembling prototying kits (all of which Pure Good donated) in support of the launch of FMC's new Design Thinking program.

June 10th - 23rd: 14 students and staff from Escuela FMC traveled to California for a full two week immersion in d.tech's final intersession of the 2017-18 school year.