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9:00 – 9:30 am CST


9:30 – 10:30 am CST

Intro to Design as a Social Practice: Nu Goteh

Nu will be introducing what “human-centered design” is–and why he doesn’t use that term to describe his work. We’ll be discussing the red flags of design, how it’s fluid, and the foundations you will need to contextualize ‘design’ for the rest of this event and in life.

10:30 – 11:00 am CST

Co-creation & Facilitation: Agncy

What does it really mean to co-create with communities? Agncy will be talking about letting go of power as designers and how they treat their partners as experts in collaboration. 

11:00 – 12:00 pm CST

Community in Transportation Planning: At the Intersections

At the Intersections is a new publication centering the narratives, experiences, and expertise of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people in transportation and mobility. They will be contextualizing mobility over modality in the pandemic, exploring what transportation means in defunding the police, and answering what the designer’s role is in all of this.

1:30pm – 3:30pm CST

Design Basics Workshop

What makes a designer? We’ll be engaging each other with a thoughtful activity borrowed from the Better World x Design conference, then looking at how our own communities have been impacted by the pandemic.


9:00 – 10:00 am CST

Healthcare & Hierarchy: Diagram

Diagram a New York-based women- and minority-owned healthcare design studio focused on improving healthcare experiences. They will be discussing social determinants of health, their experiences co-designing and trying to reduce hierarchy in healthcare, and how the system is full of excess.

10:00 – 10:30 am CST

Liberatory Design: Dr. Lesley-Ann Noel

Dr. Noel will be discussing what it means to rethink how we engage with challenges. We will explore emancipatory philosophy and research, how to critically reflect on our own positionality, and design pedagogy. 

10:30 – 11:30 pm CST

Design & Work Discussions

In these book club style discussions, participants will be split into groups based on a reading of choice related to themes of the event (sign-ups provided to registrants before the event). We will start at 10:45am to give everyone a chance to skim through/refresh their reading of the article before starting. Each conversation will have a facilitator and questions to help get you started!

Design Thinking Is Fundamentally Conservative and Preserves the Status Quo

How to think differently about doing good as a creative person

Design Thinking is a Rebrand for White Supremacy

11:30 – 12:00pm CST

Debrief & Chat

Hang around to network and chat with other participants!

1:30 – 3:30pm CST

One Health Workshop: Aditi Jha

Engage with how environmental racism plays into the physical, mental, and environmental health of essential workers marginalized by exploitation.

Can only make one day? or only the talks? That’s fine!

Zoom burnout is real! All talks will be recorded and closed captioning will be provided during the event. Copies of both will be sent to registrants.

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