Design Futures Forum
Role:Board Member, Faculty
Image Credits:2020 Yearbook Cover - Design Futures
The Design Futures Forum is a university consortium that brings together student leaders from across the country with practitioners and university-faculty to learn and discuss best practices in social equity and community impact. The program is rooted in the belief that in order to decolonize design education and create a profession addresses its complicity in contributing to a built environment in, design education must include training the next generation of practitioners to not only understand the traditional skills around shaping the built environment and undertaking community engagement, but also what are the components of the systems of oppression that continue to enable the context that we’re working in, the history of forces in the built environment and beyond that produced that context, the ways in which we engage in the system through our own power and privilege, and the skills needed to understand what community engaged design leadership looks like in an intentional landscape defined by actors, allies, and accomplices.
The Forum consists of an annual student and faculty forums as well as companion programs in fostering DEI conversations and efforts in participating universities.