Lisa Mercer is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Co-Coordinator of Graphic Design in the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests are in developing, executing, and analyzing co-design frameworks focused on responsible design and social innovation to impact change. She is the founder of Operation Compass, an ethnographic research study concerned with developing design-led interventions to combat the complex social issue of human trafficking. She co-coordinates Racism Untaught, a pedagogical framework focused on revealing & unlearning forms of racialized design, design that perpetuates elements of racism. She also works toward strengthening foster youth in Illinois across the life course through design-led interdisciplinary research and public agency partnership. She has been published and invited as a keynote speaker internationally focused on her work. She has also been featured on media including the Dallas affiliate for NBC, National Public Radio (NPR) shows Texas Standard, Illinois News Rooms, All Things Considered, and Sirius Radio. She received her BFA in Visual Communications and Design from Purdue University and her MFA in Design Research from the University of North Texas.