NEXT UP: Two Part Series: Designing Equitable Communities Amidst COVID-19

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First Session - June 18 6:30-9:30pm ET

Second Session - June 25 6:30-9:30pm ET

Program Cost: $25


Topic and Context

What does community-based social impact work look like in the age of COVID-19 and beyond? This workshop will equip participants with the skills to answer this question in their organizations and communities through equity-based design thinking. The EquityXDesign collaborative developed equity-based design thinking in 2016 to center racial equity in design methodology. In practice, this design process is a cyclical framework and corresponding set of tools to encourage problem solvers to reflect on their own positions in systems of power, surface community-based priorities and solutions with the margins through relationship building, prototype and test solutions with their communities, and then reflect on that prototype to better solve problems. This workshop series will equip participants with the skills to conduct the first 5 steps of the equity-based design process: noticing, empathizing, defining, ideating, and prototyping. More broadly, this workshop will address a common challenge in the age of COVID-19. All of our communities and business sectors are now confronted with unprecedented sets of problems that will need highly equipped problem solvers who know how to leverage the collective creativity of their peers to advance equity. This is an introduction to and a space to practice with a set of powerful design tools to help tackle these new challenges.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for impact-driven individuals who are seeking to glimpse into the equity-based design process. There are no prerequisites for this course, but participants must be available for both workshops and be ready to virtually engage with their peers for these interactive sessions. We eagerly invite professionals, particularly emerging leaders who are passionate about social change, to join this series.

Program Topics

1. An Introduction to Equity-Based Design Thinking 2. Why Does Equity-Based Design Matter Today? 3. Understanding the Notice and Empathy Phases of Equity-Based Design 4. Conducting 1:1s 5. Understanding the Define, Ideate and Prototype phases of Equity-Based Design 6. Workshopping the Equity-Based Design Process

Workshop 1

* Understand the equity-based design process’s sequence of phases * Understand how equity-based design process can create more inclusive and creative communities * Understand relationships as the basic unit of equity-based change * Understand how to conduct the “notice” and “empathy” phases of the design process * Explore how to conduct “notice” and “empathy” phases of the design process with their peers in their own organization/community in the age of COVID-19. * Reflect on one’s role in redesigning systems to be more equitable * Develop active listening skills through 1:1 practice with workshop peers * Feel equipped to conduct 1:1s Tangible takeaways * A packet of resources to support 1:1 practice post-workshop

Workshop 2

* Develop reflection skills through discussion of practice 1:1s conducted between workshop sessions * Demonstrate a clear understanding of how to conduct the Define, Ideate, and Prototype phases of the design process * Develop systems thinking skills through practice Define phase * Develop problem definition skills * Develop ideation skills * Develop prototyping skills Tangible takeaways * A prototype to test in one’s own organization/community post-workshop * A network of workshop peers with whom one can stay connected as they “test” and “reflect” on executing their prototypes post-workshop * Resources to support the “test” and “reflect” phases of the design process



Matt Fulle, He/Him

Matt is an experienced educator, activist, and curriculum designer who specializes in training young professionals how to leverage their assets to make change in their communities through storytelling, advocacy, and community organizing. Since 2018, Matt Fulle has been the Learning Design Analyst on the Education Team at the Obama Foundation, where he helps design curriculum for the team’s leadership development programs that serve hundreds of 18-25 year olds across the United States. His work has focused on the Foundation’s 6-month long Community Leadership Corps program, which trains 130 18-25 year olds in Chicago and Hartford, Connecticut how to equitably drive change with their communities through grassroots projects and relationship building.

Before joining the Obama Foundation, Matt worked for Northwestern University as the Advocacy and Organizing Education Coordinator, where he ran the University’s six-month long advocacy training program called the Advocacy Corps. Matt helped start the program as a senior undergraduate in partnership with Northwestern’s Leadership Development and Community Engagement Department (LDCE). He then helped manage the program as a staff member in LDCE. Matt is also an experienced speechwriter, having written for public officials and candidates across the country at every level of government. Matt has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Northwestern University’s School of Communication.

Matt’s views expressed in this class are his own and are not representative of the Obama foundation.

Emily Nordquist, She/Her

Emily Nordquist is the Senior Program Manager for the Baumhart Center, an interdisciplinary center at Loyola University Chicago that equips leaders with the business tools to accelerate social impact. The Center is home to a highly selective MBA program, called Baumhart Scholars, that prepares working professionals to marry profit and purpose in their careers.

Before joining Baumhart, Emily worked for LISC’s New Markets Support Company (NMSC), a Chicago-based social enterprise, and a subsidiary of one of the largest community development financial institutions in the country. NMSC delivers creative financing solutions to expand economic opportunity and has created over 7,000 jobs in low-income communities across U.S. cities and in rural America. In her role, Emily led the impact management process for NMSC’s portfolio of $1 billion of investments in health care centers, schools, community centers, industrial facilities and more. Emily also developed and supported internal fund management, impact compliance, and asset management processes.

Emily is a 2018 inaugural Obama Foundation Community Leadership Corps (CLC) Member and a current Alumni Ambassador for the CLC program. She is also known for her efforts in helping young women in Chicago achieve financial wellness through her community-based organization, Penny. She was given the opportunity to speak about her work in reimagining financial well-being for women at the 2018 Obama Summit.

Emily has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and an MBA from Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. She currently serves on the Impact Investing Advisory Council of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago and volunteers her time with the Illinois Diversity Council.