The authors are all PhD candidates in Transition Design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. As transition design researchers, the authors are committed and have conducted a diversity of projects engaged in societal shift toward long-term, sustainable futures and lifestyles that are simultaneously place-based (local) and internationally networked (global). As researchers originally from Latin America they all share an interest in critically grounding design research and participatory design practices to the Latin American context.
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Racism Untaught is focused on cultivating learning environments for people both in industry and in academia to further explore issues of race and racism, from the obvious to the invisible. It provides a reason for why it is necessary to create a framework for identifying, contextualizing, and re-imagining forms of racialized design. It is imperative that design educators and organizations possess the tools necessary to foster conversations and learning environments with a focus on diversity, inclusion, and equity.
We are a diverse group of people with backgrounds grounded in architecture, design, media studies, and sociology. We share our interests around the topic of commons/-ing and Participatory Design. Andrea is based between Aalto University (FIN) and Universidad de los Andes (COL); Anna at Malmö University (SWE); Frederick at Federal University of Technology Paraná (BRA); Giacomo, Joanna, and Sanna (currently on maternity leave) at IT University of Copenhagen (DK); and Maurizio at Aalborg University (DK).