As distributors of information, ideas, and innovation, designers have a responsibility to use their influence to lead others toward a path that builds equity. Join Antionette Carroll, of Creative Reaction Lab, to learn how designers can harness their power to help break down high level constructs like systems of oppression, inequality, and inequity.
In this talk, Antionette will challenge the design industry to look past tangible (and biased) design, and to value a future forward approach of leadership: one that rethinks the roles of identity, power, and equity.
Full disclosure: if you’re of the pro-“design thinking” movement, this talk may challenge you! But if there’s anything Washingtonians can handle, it’s a healthy debate.
Antionette D. Carroll’s personal mission in life is to challenge standards, make change, and champion approaches resulting in equitable community impact. Throughout her career, she has worked in various roles supporting social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion. These experiences led to her background as a social entrepreneur, non-profit leader, and design activist. In addition to sharing about her journey, Carroll will introduce the principles of Equity-Centered Community Design, the award-winning creative problem-solving framework she’s pioneered as Founder and CEO of nonprofit organization Creative Reaction Lab.
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Antionette D. Carroll
Founder, President, and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab
Antionette D. Carroll is the Founder, President, and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a social enterprise that empowers and challenges community members to design inclusive cities by developing solutions addressing personal and structural racism. Throughout her career, Antionette has worked for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion nonprofits. She is a TED Fellow. Antionette D. Carroll is the Founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a social enterprise that empowers and challenges Black and Latinx youth to design healthy and racially equitable communities. Throughout her career, Antionette has worked for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion nonprofits. She is a TED Fellow, 2019 GDUSA Person to Watch, 2018 St. Louis Visionary Awards’ Community Impact Artist Honoree, and 2015 Alive Magazine 20 Under 40 Artist.
Dr. Miriam Ahmed,
Lecturer, Department of Art, Howard University
Dr. Miriam Ahmed teaches graphic design at Howard University in Washington, DC. Her recent publications investigate the role and plerspectives of minority designers within responsible design. She presented her research on “Anatomical Grids” at TypeCon 2019 in Minneapolis, served on the 2020 Advisory Review Panel for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and was an AIGA DC SHINE 2019 mentor. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Visual Communication at the American University in Dubai, UAE, and earned her MFA and doctorate at Howard.