US + Student Design Awards Special Event - RSA

Redistributing power through design education



US Timezones: 11am - Noon PT / 2 - 3pm ET

  • Creativity
  • Curriculum
  • Higher education
  • Teaching
  • Arts and society
  • Global
  • Youth engagement

How we teach design both inside the classroom and out shapes the next generation of designers, what steps should we be taking to make it more inclusive?

As we develop curriculum, guides and best practice documents to teach students about design or offer workshops and learning experiences, we paint a picture of what good design practice is and what a good designer looks like. This event highlights some individuals who are working to disrupt the system and change the conversation by: reshaping awards criteria, creating collaborative decolonial primers, teaching anti-racist built environment curriculum and holding space for frank discussions of how black and brown educators are navigating the design world. Join us to hear more about their work and explore what's next for delivering a just design education?

Our panelists will be:

  • Shalini Agrawal (she/her) is an Associate Professor in Critical Ethnic Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies and the Decolonial School at California College of the Arts
  • Nat Ortiz is a Senior Designer at the RSA
  • Ramon Tejada is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design
  • Kelly Walters is an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at the Parsons School of Design

This event was recorded.

This RSA US Special Event was held in partnership with the RSA Student Design Awards. US Special Events typically feature Fellow-led, panel format programming that offer a venue for learning and reflecting on salient topics of the day. US based RSA Fellows are encouraged to reach out to RSA US staff at [email protected] to discuss hosting their own RSA US Special Event that is aligned with our ethos of "resolving the challenges of our time."

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