Race and Design: Presidential Lecture Series | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Race and Design: Presidential Lecture Series

Online, CDT
Race and Design

How can we address race and racism inside and outside the design world? 

How can practitioners and company structures be more responsive to the communities it serves, and ultimately, more successful? 

Join MCAD President Sanjit Sethi for the second annual Race & Design: President’s Annual Lecture Series. President Sethi will moderate a candid discussion with creative thought leaders Amanda Huynh and Rosemary Ugboajah on racism and inequity in the design field. 

While the design field impacts the entire global population, the decision-makers operate from a mostly white, Eurocentric perspective. Though change is occurring slowly, racism is still deeply embedded in design practices and products. The aim of the Race & Design series is to imagine how the field could be more inclusive, more responsive to the communities it serves, and ultimately, more successful. 

Portrait of Amanda Huynh

Amanda Huynh

Amanda Huynh 黃珮詩 is a product, interaction, and food designer whose research focuses on community-building, race equity, and sustainable design. She has worked and lectured across a variety of design sectors in Vancouver, Bali, Shanghai, New York, Toronto, Ottawa, Milan, and Barcelona. Amanda is based in Lenapehoking (Brooklyn, NY).

Amanda earned a BDes Industrial Design from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and worked as a professional designer for several years before pursuing a MSc in Food Design from Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan. She is a Leader on the IDSA Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council, helping lead the effort to increase diversity and minority representation in the field of industrial design. Prior to her appointment at Pratt, she was an Adjunct Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, teaching in the Faculties of Design + Dynamic Media, and Culture + Community.

Portrait of Rosemary Ugboajah

Rosemary Ugboajah

Rosemary Ugboajah is the founder and CEO of Neka Creative, a brand development agency committed to bringing the power of inclusion to organizations.

Over the course of her career she has worked with numerous brands, including 3M, Frango, Xcel Energy, Cargill, and Johnson and Johnson Vision Care. She also gained corporate experience as a marketer for Target Corporation. As founder and CEO of Neka Creative, she has led strategic and creative projects such as CareerForce (Minnesota’s statewide workforce system), Hennepin County’s LRT extension corridor, The Commons, US Bank Stadium, and NCAA’s Final Four Tournament.

Rosemary studied art and design at West Kensington College of Arts in London, graphic design at South Thames College London, and has a BA in advertising from the University of Minnesota. She currently serves on the board of the Minneapolis Downtown Council/Downtown Improvement District. She is also co-founder of ArtWest, a nonprofit organization with a mission of advancing equity in art education.

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