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Thursday, April 1 2021
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The Meg and Sam Flax Speaker Series in Public Policy: Community-Based Design Practices for Health Equity

How can design be a bridge from good ideas to meaningful policy solutions? As we anticipate the next wave of devices and systems that will enhance our daily lives and well-being, there is a need to pause and consider the impact of technology on inequality. Designer and qualitative researcher Dr. Christina Harrington will discuss community-based approaches to design for equity and inclusion. In her research, she uses design to explore constructs of empowerment and access among communities that have been marginalized along multiple dimensions of identity (age, race, ethnicity, income, class). She will talk about ways to employ design as a catalyst for health equity and socially responsible technology experiences. From thinking about the most authentic ways of engaging with communities that are typically neglected to interrogating the ethics of technology as a solution. Come learn how Tech students and policymakers can think about design as a tool for solving social problems!

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