Designing Safe Spaces: Lightning Talks to Spark Ideas, Conversation, and Change

Tuesday / October 05 / 6:30 PM

Description

The term, ‘safe spaces,’ has become more ubiquitous in recent years - as popularized by its embrace on college campuses, in social justice movements, and in organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. But what does it REALLY mean? At its base is the notion that all people should feel free and welcome to live, work, and express ideas (and even argue!) without fear of harm, intimidation, or retribution in any environment in which they choose to exist. If only it were that simple!

Join DC Design Week and Service Design DC for cross-disciplinary lightning talks centered around designers’ roles in creating safe spaces. From urban planning to workplace interactions and online communities, designers can (and are) playing key roles in shaping safe spaces. Talks will aim to expand notions about what it means to feel safe; why it’s important to create safe spaces (and dismantle harmful ones); and how designers can play crucial roles as change agents in such efforts.

*### About Service Design DC Service Design DC, home of the Service Design Network (SDN) DC chapter, is a community of design professionals dedicated to furthering the practice of Service Design in the Washington, DC metro area. We believe that Service Design fuels innovation inspired by people and helps create better customer and citizen experiences.

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Details

Date & Time

Tuesday, October 05

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Zoom

Speakers

  • Alla Weinberg

    Work Relationship Expert, Spoke & Wheel

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    Alla Weinberg is a work relationship expert helping companies build loving leaders, trusting teams and cultures of safety through training, coaching, and facilitation.

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  • Kelly Benton

    Senior Service Designer, Code for America

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    A culture-enthusiast who loves getting immersed in the community, Kelly is a senior service designer at CFA who enjoys taking on new challenges with a multifaceted approach. Her focus on inclusive and accessible practices helps to guide her design processes in order to better address underserved needs. She strives to ensure there are equitable considerations at every point throughout the journey through raising the question not only during research, but at the design table: ‘Who are we missing?’.

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  • Michael J.A. Davis

    Head of Equity by Design, Experience Strategy, Capital One

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    I’m Michael — a full-time father of six (ages 10, 8, 6, 4 and 1 year-old twins…)! On the side… I am an award-winning experience & equity designer committed to the life, love, and liberation of everyday Black and Brown people and minoritized ethnic communities. I am passionate about crafting experiences that serve the most vulnerable, marginalized and historically excluded populations. My unlikely journey as a designer in D&I spaces over the past decade led me to Capital One where I lead the Equity by Design portfolio, focusing on evolving the company’s design practice and culture to produce more equitable outcomes in associate and customer experiences.

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  • Dr. Jazz Walker

    User Researcher, Twitter

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    Dr. Jazz Walker is a researcher and DEI strategist focused on the intersections of media, culture, and society. The early days of her career began in the fashion industry, where she spent 10-years in various marketing and public relations roles. After years of dealing with the lack of diversity in the fashion industry, Jazz went back to school to earn her Ph.D in Communications, Culture, and Media Studies from Howard University, where she studied the real-world implications of how marketing, race and influencer culture intersect. Dr. Jazz currently works as a UX Researcher at Twitter and continues to consult and adjunct, teaching Communications and UX Design courses.

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  • Eva PenzeyMoog

    Author of Design for Safety, Founder of The Inclusive Safety Project, Principal Designer at 8th Light

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    Eva PenzeyMoog is a principal designer at 8th Light and the author of Design for Safety. Before joining the tech field she worked in the non-profit space and volunteered as a domestic violence educator and rape crisis counselor. At 8th Light she specializes in user experience design as well as education and consulting in the realm of digital safety design. Her work brings together her expertise in domestic violence and technology, helping technologists understand how their creations facilitate interpersonal harm and how to prevent it through intentionally prioritizing the most vulnerable users.

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  • Phim Her

    Founder, HAWJ Studio / Business Development Strategist, Friendly Design Co

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    Phim Her splits her time between being the founder of HAWJ Studio, a multidisciplinary design, strategy and coaching studio, and doing business development strategy with Friendly Design Co. She was formally a senior product marketing manager at The Washington Post and a senior designer at POLITICO. When she is not writing and designing, she is leading workshops, coaching and connecting creatives in the DC scene. She also recently launched Phim’s Chats, a live conversation series featuring introspective interviews with creative leaders, and Room for Us, a community-driven initiative.

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  • Tarek Kouddous

    Founder/Creative Director, Radical Empathy

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    Kouddous is the Founder and Creative Director of Radical Empathy, an art production startup charged with co-creating transformative experiences to vitalize community belonging. Focusing on unconventional spaces across the city, his launch production this summer targets 20 utility box murals in his residential neighborhood Logan Circle, assembling 15 local DMV artists and three community non-profits. Last year, he organized 23 plywood murals amidst social demonstrations. Born and raised in Egypt, Kouddous believes in transforming space into place with diversity of personality and hyper-local harmony of neighborhood and workhood. While his work currently focuses on public design, his conviction is rooted in feature films as his ultimate goal.

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  • Kate Currie

    Senior Interior Project Designer, Associate, Perkins and Will

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    Kate Currie is a Senior Interior Project Designer and Associate at Perkins and Will in Washington, DC. She has experience in each phase of the design process, from visioning and programming to contract documentation and construction administration. Her award-winning portfolio spans a wide range of corporate, healthcare, government, and hospitality interiors projects.

  • Naseema Shafi

    Chief Executive Officer, Whitman-Walker Health

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    In her role as CEO, Naseema Shafi works to implement the strategic vision, goals and initiatives of the Board of Directors. She leads and supports the growth and oversight of the health center with a focus on the provision of high-quality, affirming care that centers the community and maintains the vitality of Whitman-Walker. Prior to her current role, Shafi served as both the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for Whitman-Walker as well as its Director of Compliance, overseeing various matters related to corporate compliance and risk management. Shafi joined Whitman-Walker in 2007. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar. In 2016, Shafi was honored as a Minority Business Leader by The Washington Business Journal.

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Virtual Platform & How to Prepare

This event will be streamed via Zoom:

  • In order to participate fully, plan to join on the Zoom app via a computer, tablet, or mobile device with enough bandwidth to support viewing video.
  • Only those whose display name fully matches the name on our registration list will be admitted from the waiting room, in order to ensure only those who have registered for the event are able to attend — and to create space for intimate conversations.
  • This event will be recorded unless technical issues occur. The recordings will be shared in the AIGA DC recordings archive for AIGA members to rewatch or catch up on at a later date. (You can register for a membership on our website for just $50 for a year.)
  • Questions for the speaker can be asked live during the event through the chat.

You can find more about joining our virtual events, including how to connect, directions to troubleshoot, and information about our refund policy in our FAQs.

Accessibility and Accommodations

This event will have real time CART (live captioning) services and transcriptions provided by Verbit.

A sign language interpreter will not be present unless requested. If requested, we will do our best to employ a sign language interpreter for the event.

If you need any additional accommodations, please contact us using a method that works best for you:

We honor your privacy. No identifying information like your name is required to request an accommodation, and all details will be deleted once completed.

You can learn more about how we’re making DC Design Week an accessible experience by visiting our page on accessibility.

Code of Conduct

All AIGA DC events adhere to our Code of Conduct.

FAQs

DC Design Week looks different this year, so you might have questions. Maybe it’s how to find the streaming link or how to get the most out of our remote events. We’ve got answers to those and more FAQs.

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