Diversity and Inclusion are emerging as prominent topics on University campus. In the last few years, multiple institutions of higher learning have outlined diversity and inclusion goals and actions. Our primary goal is to facilitate in cultivating learning environments for undergraduate and graduate students to further explore issues of race and racism. This work is focused on:
- Critically analyzing and identifying artifacts of racialized design,
- Shared experiences of microaggressions and implicit bias,
- Systemic forms of racism and how we and our culture perpetuates them.
Our goal is to facilitate workshops for design educators to identify Racialized Design– design that perpetuates elements of racism. Design research can assists in cultivating learning environments for undergraduate and graduate students to further explore issues of race and racism. Our goal is to guide educators and students to utilize design research methods and processes to solve systemic problems and inspire further work in the public sector or a passion for public service. The following question guides our work, how can design educators utilize design research to critically assess anti-racist concepts and develop solutions for Racialized Designwithin project-based learning environments?
Due to the interdisciplinary components of this project, this framework could be repurposed for other disciplines.
Workshops & Case Studies
We’ve run over a dozen different workshops and are finishing our first two case studies in an undergraduate and graduate class.