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Our Goal

We facilitate workshops for academics and organizations to identify forms of Racialized Design – design that perpetuates elements of racism.

Racism Untaught was originally developed due to an identified gap and opportunity for educators to foster conversations and learning environments focused on diversity and inclusion to ensure new ideas, critical thinking, and forms of making.

Meet Our Team

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

Terresa Moses


University of Minnesota, Duluth

Terresa Moses (she/her) is a proud Black queer woman dedicated to the liberation of Black and brown people through art and design. As a designer and illustrator, her work focuses on race, identity, and social justice. She advocates for positive change in her community using creativity as tools of community activism like her recent solo exhibition, Umbra.

Terresa is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design (CDes) and the Director of the CDes Design Justice Network. She is also the Creative Director at Blackbird Revolt, a social justice-based design studio. Her design research interests include; Project Naptural, which creates spaces to educate, connect, and empower Black women about their natural hair and self-identity, and Racism Untaught.

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

Lisa Mercer


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Lisa Mercer is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Co-Cordinator of Graphic Design for the 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.


Meet Our Advisory Team

We appreciate support and feedback from our advisory team!


Dr. Gioconda Guerra Pérez

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


Paula Pederson

Intercultural Initiatives
University of Minnesota, Duluth


Heidi Bakk-Hansen

Historian & Researcher
University of Minnesota, Duluth


Dr. Jeanine Weekes Schroer

Philosopher & Race Theorist
University of Minnesota, Duluth


Jordon Moses

Community Advocate
& Equity Development

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