Loyola University Chicago

Executive and Professional Education Center

Housed in the Loyola Business Leadership Hub

Designing Equitable Communities Amidst COVID-19

What does community-based social impact work look like in the age of COVID-19 and beyond? This workshop will equip participants with the skills to answer this question in their organizations and communities through equity-based design thinking. The EquityXDesign collaborative developed equity-based design thinking in 2016 to center racial equity in design methodology. In practice, this design process is a cyclical framework and corresponding set of tools to encourage problem solvers to reflect on their own positions in systems of power, surface community-based priorities and solutions with the margins through relationship building, prototype and test solutions with their communities, and then reflect on that prototype to better solve problems.

This workshop series will equip participants with the skills to conduct the first 5 steps of the equity-based design process: noticing, empathizing, defining, ideating, and prototyping.

More broadly, this workshop will address a common challenge in the age of COVID-19. All of our communities and business sectors are now confronted with unprecedented sets of problems that will need highly equipped problem solvers who know how to leverage the collective creativity of their peers to advance equity. This is an introduction to and a space to practice with a set of powerful design tools to help tackle these new challenges.

This workshop is designed for impact-driven individuals who are seeking to glimpse into the equity-based design process. There are no prerequisites for this course, but participants must be available for both workshops and be ready to virtually engage with their peers for these interactive sessions. We eagerly invite professionals, particularly emerging leaders who are passionate about social change, to join this series.

Workshop 1

  • Understand the equity-based design process’s sequence of phases
  • Understand how equity-based design process can create more inclusive and creative communities
  • Understand relationships as the basic unit of equity-based change
  • Understand how to conduct the “notice” and “empathy” phases of the design process
  • Explore how to conduct “notice” and “empathy” phases of the design process with their peers in their own organization/community in the age of COVID-19.
  • Reflect on one’s role in redesigning systems to be more equitable
  • Develop active listening skills through 1:1 practice with workshop peers
  • Feel equipped to conduct 1:1s

Tangible takeaways

  • A packet of resources to support 1:1 practice post-workshop

Workshop 2

  • Develop reflection skills through discussion of practice 1:1s conducted between workshop sessions
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of how to conduct the Define, Ideate, and Prototype phases of the design process
  • Develop systems thinking skills through practice Define phase
  • Develop problem definition skills
  • Develop ideation skills
  • Develop prototyping skills

Tangible takeaways

  • A prototype to test in one’s own organization/community post-workshop
  • A network of workshop peers with whom one can stay connected as they “test” and “reflect” on executing their prototypes post-workshop
  • Resources to support the “test” and “reflect” phases of the design process
  • An Introduction to Equity-Based Design Thinking
  • Why Does Equity-Based Design Matter Today?
  • Understanding the Notice and Empathy Phases of Equity-Based Design
  • Conducting 1:1s
  • Understanding the Define, Ideate and Prototype phases of Equity-Based Design
  • Workshopping the Equity-Based Design Process
Matt Fulle
Learning Design Analyst
The Obama Foundation
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Emily Nordquist
Senior Program Manager
Quinlan School of Business
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Online Sessions
Dates: May 14 and 28, 2020
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. CDT
Fee: $175