Designing Across Divides

Designing Across Divides Conference

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Whether we think of issues of governance, religion, race, the environment, economic development, education, or healthcare, the inability to communicate, cooperate or compromise erodes social capital and weakens the ability to draw on diverse skill sets to address common challenges.

This conference will explore ideas that help bridge social divides from the fields of communication design, service design, user experience design, social science and partners in community engagement. These will include projects, media innovations and citizen brigades among others. The conference will also schedule workshops and planning sessions to jump start some of those ideas.

Keynote Speakers:
Antionette Carroll
Founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab and a TED Fellow.

Her Lab and Equity-Centered Community Design process was named a @FastCompany World Changing Idea Finalist in General Excellence and Urban Design. Antionette is also the founding chair of AIGA’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.

Andrew Shea
Assistant Professor of Integrated Design at Parsons School of Design, Andrew Shea teaches classes on topics like design for behavior change, placemaking, and visualizing urban policy. He wrote the book Designing for Social Change: Strategies for Community-Based Design.

The problems in our world cut across issues of culture, gender, environment, politics, geography, health, ethnicity, economy, age, education, and other complexities, among others. Solving them requires sustained commitments from a plurality voices and diverse skillsets. Designers can approach these complexities collaboratively to promote the wellbeing of our ecosystems and more united societies.

Imam Subedar
Imam Subedar Mediator after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Imam Azhar Subedar was also the first American Muslim to give the morning prayer in the United States Senate chambers.

Imam Azhar aims to grow and develop 21st-century community bonds between Muslims and non-Muslims on both personal and communal levels.

Mallika Bose
Architect. Urban planner faculty at Penn State, Mallika Bose has a specialization in Environmental Behavior Studies

Co-edited a book on community engaged teaching and scholarship titled, Community Matters: Service-learning in Engaged Design and Planning.

Check out the full conference schedule here.

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Partners include:
The City of Morgantown • WVU College of Creative Arts School of Art and Design • Alison and Patrick Deem • five other WVU Colleges • WVU Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion • The Greater Morgantown Interfaith Association • AIGA Pittsburgh

When & Where
Mon, Nov 30, -0001