About

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Our Goal

In order to develop an understanding of our goal, we facilitate workshops for design educators to identify Racialized Design– design that perpetuates elements of racism. Design schools have become a space of movement toward social impact and sustainability, where new ideas and can be started, tested and sustained. In our own practice, it became apparent there was a gap for design educators to foster conversations and learning environments focused on diversity and inclusion to ensure new ideas, critical thinking, and forms of making are a part of this forward movement in design. View our workshop handout for more information.

Meet Our Team

This work is co-developed by Terresa Moses and Lisa Mercer. Please reach out to us with any questions.

Terresa Moses

She/Her/Hers

University of Minnesota, Duluth

Terresa Moses is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth and the Creative Director of a design studio, Blackbird Revolt. Her design research interests include; Project Naptural: Black natural hair and its effects on the self-identity of Black women, empowering marginalized and underrepresented communities, racism in graphic design, and rewriting denigrating social narratives.

She serves on the executive boards of the Duluth Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Committee, and AIGA Minnesota as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion.

Personal Narrative: I identify as a Black Cisgender Woman. I'm an army brat born in Panama City, Panama and I am proud of my heritage and cultural upbringing.

Lisa Mercer

She/Her/Hers

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Lisa Mercer is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, School of Art and Design, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She is the founder of Operation Compass, an ethnographic research study concerned with developing design-led interventions to combat the complex social issue of human trafficking.

Her research is focused on creating new design frameworks by developing, executing, and analyzing social innovations to impact change. She has been published and invited as a keynote speaker focused on her work with Operation Compass and has also been featured on the National Public Radio (NPR) shows Texas Standard, Illinois News Rooms, All Things Considered, and Sirius Radio.

Personal Narrative: I identify as mixed race, Caucasian and Mexican. It has always been important to me to claim both sides of my heritage.  I am very proud of my parents and the world they constructed around me growing up to never feel like "other."

 

Meet Our Advisory Team

We appreciate support and feedback from our advisory team!

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Dr. Gioconda Guerra Pérez

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Paula Pederson

Intercultural Initiatives
University of Minnesota, Duluth

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Heidi Bakk-Hansen

Historian & Researcher
University of Minnesota, Duluth

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Dr. Jeanine Weekes Schroer

Philosopher & Race Theorist
University of Minnesota, Duluth

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Jordon Moses

Community Advocate
& Equity Development

If you are you interested in learning more about Racialized Design, please contact us.