Black in Design 2015

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Black in Design Website

The Black in Design Conference, organized by the African American Student Union (AASU) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), seeks to simultaneously recognize the contributions of African Descendants to the design fields and to broaden our definition of what it means to be a designer. We believe that initial steps towards addressing social injustice through design are to reclaim the histories of underrepresented groups in design pedagogy and to implicate designers as having a role in repairing our broken built environment.

Dedicated to the pursuit of just and equitable spaces across all scales, this conference will broach conversations in increasing orders of magnitude: the building, the neighborhood, the city, the region, and the globe. We hope that this conference will serve to ingrain compassion for human beings into the ethos of design more broadly, as well as to serve  as a call to action for the GSD to instill within each and every person who passes through its doors the responsibility to build just and equitable spaces at every scale.

On March 4, LSU College of Art and Design will host a satellite exhibition and lecture with Craig Wilkins and Sara Zewede http://design.lsu.edu/calendar/black-in-design-conference-satellite-lectures/

GSD AASU #BlackLivesMatter Installation

In the week after protests erupted in Baltimore, the AASU and friends, with funding from Dean Laura Snowden’s office, erected an installation to commemorate 100 of the 500+ reported murders by police from Michael Brown to Freddie Gray. The installation aimed to bring more awareness about events on the ground to a school whose students can and should play an important role in changing American landscapes of injustice.

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Special thanks to the AASU and Friends, including Laura Snowden, Dana McKinney, Cara Michell, Megan Echols, Broderick Spencer,  Katherine Curiel, Lindsay Woodson, Leo Miller, Shani Carter,  John McCartin, Tamara Jafar, Verose Smith, Marcus Mello, Sam LaTronica, Warren Hagist, Paul Lillehaugen, Adam Tanaka, and Farhad Mirza for helping to make this installation possible.