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equityXdesign Spectrum of Design Power Dynamics

The equityXdesign Collaborative has defined a spectrum of design power dynamics to help people starting on a design process to determine how they can best make their process inclusive and equitable. The spectrum shows three different approaches to inclusive design – user-centered, co-designed, or user-created design – each with a deeper type of engagement of those who will eventually benefit from the design process’ results (e.g., students, families, teachers, classified staff).

Credit to Michelle Molitor, Caroline Hill, & Christine Ortiz; check out their organizations, 228 Accelerator, The Equity Lab, and Equity Meets Design, as well as their writing, Racism and inequity are products of design. They can be redesigned.

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Activity: Reflect on Equity in Your Pilot

When designing change, teams regularly step back to reflect on whether equity has been embedded in their process and to validate whether...

Activity: Reflect on Equity in Your Solution

When designing change, teams should regularly pause to reflect on whether equity has been embedded in their process and whether their...

Activity: Making Sense of Empathy Interviews

When designing change, teams make sense of input and feedback from students, families, teachers, and classified staff to identify what...