There are major social, economic, political, and technological forces that necessitate a much deeper engagement for design with issues of equity and inclusion. The premise of my research is that designers are not prepared to solve complex problems because they do not adequately and intentionally address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their practices. This limits the capacity for design to connect to, understand, and learn from a full range of distributed knowledge, limiting design’s ability to innovate and have impact.
Complex problems require us to design strategies that work with market dynamics to achieve more equitable solutions. When we shift the paradigm to designing for equity as a growth model, we will create inclusive innovation and drive economies that benefit wider and more diverse populations. How might a change in design methods or engagement models alter solutions to be more equitable?
In Fall 2018, I enrolled in the PhD in Design program at the IIT Institute of Design. My published scholarly work to date focuses on design entrepreneurship, pedagogy of design and design management, synergies between art and business utilizing methods and language from the creative process, and the creative processes and transferable skills of artists and designers. During my doctoral program, I am weaving the strands of this design management scholarship with my pedagogical and curricular work in diversity, equity and inclusion at Columbia College Chicago.