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Institute for the Study of Culture and Society: Antionette Carroll (2018-2019)

Antionette Carroll
"Future of Leadership: The Role of Power, Equity and Design" |
Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 6:00pm-7:30pm | 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union (Theater)

Antionette Carroll is the founder and executive director of Creative Reaction Lab, a social impact design collaborative whose mission is to challenge global issues through creative problem solving. CRXLab educates, trains, and challenges cities to co-create solutions with Black and Latinx populations to design healthy and racially equitable communities. Prior to founding CRXLAB, Carroll spent seven years in the advertising and marketing industry. She has worked for non-profits striving for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion. These experiences led to her background as a social entrepreneur, non-profit leader, and design activist.

Antionette Carroll’s personal mission in life is to challenge standards, make change, and champion approaches resulting in foundational and community impact. In 2014, Carroll was named the Founding Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of the American Institute of Graphic Arts: The Professional Association of Design. At the local level, she served as the President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in St. Louis for the 2016-2017 term. She also sits on several awards and programming committees for local and national non-profits and is an active community volunteer.

Contact Information:
Antionette Carroll
Founder, CEO, and President of the Creative Reaction Lab


Engagement Resources

Carroll’s impactful questions at the end of her TedTalk: What is your mission? What will you design? The following workshop resources can be used to answer these questions.

Workshop Information: Resources for those seeking to learn more about planning a workshop on the social justice issues Antionette Carroll focuses on.

Inclusive and Equitable Design: Design for Social Justice:

Sample Workshop Objectives to Include in a Workshop:

  • Define key terms including community, leader, community leader, design, humility, and power, and explore how these core terms relate to equity and community engagement.
  • Collaboratively explore community assets, beliefs, and values by co-designing ideal communities.
  • Examine the roles that diversity, inclusion, equality, equity, and power play in developing interventions and solutions when addressing systemic inequities.
  • Examine how assumptions, biases, and blind spots shape intervention and solution development when addressing systemic inequities, and discuss how to apply tools and practices within Equity-Centered Community Design to challenge these views.

Sample Activities to Include in a Workshop:

  • Liberation x Design Game
  • Designing and (Re-Designing) the Ideal Community
  • The Table of Collaboration: examining power, values, and expertise
  • The Power Spectrum: examining individual, relational and institutional power
  • The Paseo Protocol: examining identity, biases, and decision-making impacts
  • Designing the Invitation: including diverse stakeholders into decision-making processes
  • Equity Centered Community Design Field Guide (download pdf)

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