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Professor Jacinda Walker

Jacinda Walker, MFA, is renowned for her work in design, diversity, research, and strategy. Her research on Design Journeys: Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Design Disciplines has been hailed as breakthrough work. This solutions-based thesis explores diversity in design disciplines and investigates effective strategies to expose Black and Latino youth to design careers. Walker’s future goals are to help scale diversity in design initiatives within education institutions, corporations, organizations, and museums.

The speaker series, supported through an endowment by the Carlos and Andrea Alberini Family Foundation, brings renowned innovators and thinkers in design to campus and in virtual formats to inspire students and encourage community engagement and learning.

DesignExplorr is a social impact organization whose mission aims to diversify the design profession by increasing access within education and corporate organizations. We do this through collaborations that develop youth programs, coordinate diversity-building initiatives, and connect stakeholders to resources. The number one design goal is to empower today’s youth with real-world skills, connections, and opportunities so that tomorrow’s design profession has all the best people leading the way.