The Department of Human Centered Design collaborates with the broader community via faculty engagement with communities through research and service activities, exhibitions, studio and lectures that emphasize service learning, a high school design competition, the Cornell Costume + Textile Collection, and participation in extension and outreach programs. We also offer resources for consumers and youth educators on an array of topics related to understanding, use, and care of textile fibers and clothing.

HCD offers courses during the summer that pre-college students and others can take.  The courses are three weeks in duration, culminating in a final project.  Courses are taught by faculty and PhD candidates.