Poster Bombing — One of the projects from my Making for Social Good class involved encouraging students to design posters about social justice and creating a strong visual presence on campus. Over 20 posters were designed using Canva and posted outside the BITlab in the lobby of the STEM building.
Vinyl Screen Printing — Students in drawing class made drawings about social issues in sharpie that were then digitized and cut out of vinyl. These stencils were applied to silk screens and then printed in a poster series.
Shadow a Student Challenge http://shadowastudent.org/ is a great way to empathize with your students and help you design new opportunities for them at your school. The website has a lot of great free resources!
Great article from The Interactive Design Foundation with ideas on how to be an empathic observer, learning how to understand body language, gaining an empathic understanding of people, conducting an interview with empathy, and building empathy with analogies.