Embrace Equity, Inclusivity, and Diversity
2020 has shown us that there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done around equity and diversity, and many ADW20 sessions presented actionable solutions to help move us forward — both in work and in our communities. Below are a few of those insights.
“It’s not just for visibility. It’s not just in this moment. It’s not just 2020. It’s not just Black Lives Matter or whatever that movement happens to be...But it’s long-term change and a long-term shift to the organizational goals. Then it becomes part of what’s written in the mission, vision, [and] values.” - Hunter Sunrise on effectively improving diversity in teams. (Do Better, Hire Better: Building Teams that Reflect Our Communities)
“We design from the perspective of those in power...my ask is that we design putting the marginalized voices at the table and sharing power equally.” Kevin Foster (Designing for Equity in Education)
“Representation is so important, but you don’t understand how important until you are represented.” (Stake Out: What’s on the Table for BIPOC Designers in this Era?)
“Know the history and impact, keep that in mind for the present, and use that for defining what is acceptable to use and what isn’t.” Jannis Hegenwald (Embrace Unlearning: How Changing Our Language Can Reframe Our World)
Challenge from Jannis:
Think about your day-to-day design work and look for one opportunity to use more inclusive language
Think about one tool or resource you can introduce to a group you are working with
Think of one person you can engage in dialogue about language. Start to get in the habit of actively engaging about dialogue and language.