Designing with (Non)designers: Building Relationships to Enable Co-Design
How might we rethink the notion of “solutions” when addressing complex social challenges? Co-design offers an approach for designers to collaborate with end-users, so as to develop solutions that are aligned with user needs, responsive to socio-cultural contexts, and reflect real-world usage patterns. However, how might this approach look like in practice, especially in the service of building capacity so that the people who ultimately interact with a product, service, or experience can raise their agency and ownership to sustain impact? Join Isabelle Yisak, an experience designer, and Khessia Jean-Baptiste, a public school teacher and Teachers for Equity (T4E) Fellow, for a conversation as they share their work on launching teacher-driven initiatives to address persistent racial disparities in education as a case study.
Khessia Rachelle Jean-Baptiste is a multipotentialite, with a knack for combining all her passions in order to live her fullest life. She is an educator who has been teaching elementary school for 10 years. Her work as an inclusive teacher of students with special needs as well as her desire to meet the needs of all her students drove her to create two racially equitable mentoring programs, GOLD and TAGS. These programs have been running successfully for 5 years. As a result of becoming a Teachers for Equity Fellow, she also runs a Community of Practice for teachers at her school site, where they explore ways to emphasize Social Emotional Learning for students of color. When Khessia is not in the classroom, she composes music and writes songs about identity and celebrating the human spirit. As an independent recording artist, she uses her platform to be an advocate for survivors of all forms of abuse. She has launched campaigns and spearheaded events to raise awareness about abuse and support survivors.This year, she became the newest member of the Transform Coaching and Consulting team, in the capacity of educational consulting. She has presented workshops for teachers, business owners and community members on raising self-awareness, racial consciousness, and cultural responsive teaching practices.