Black in Design: Designing Resistance, Building Coalitions


Fri - Sun, Oct 6 to Oct 8, 4:00pm - 1:30pm


Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St

Presented by: Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) African American Student Union
Dates: Friday, October 6, 4–8 PM; Saturday, October 7, 8:45 AM–9 PM; Sunday, October 8, 9 AM-1:30 PM
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The Black in Design conference promotes discourse around the agency of the design profession to address and dismantle institutional barriers faced by communities of color. The second edition, Designing Resistance, Building Coalitions, builds on the success of the 2015 inaugural conference, which brought together more than 400 design researchers and practitioners from across the United States. The conference will cover topics such as Exploring and Visualizing Identities, Communicating Values, Mobilizing and Organizing, and Design Futuring, with the aim of serving as a platform to unearth our agency as designers to envision more radical and equitable futures.

While the political climate we face today is tenuous, the forces of systemic injustice are not new. Our exploration of design as resistance will show how designers are advocates and activists, and will highlight the contributions made by leaders across nontraditional fields in creating spaces for actions. We hope to continue to grow our network of black and brown designers, and invite you to join us on October 6-8, 2017. For more information, please visit the conference website or email

About the Harvard Graduate School of Design African American Student Union (GSD AASU)

GSD AASU is a group of African American, Black, Biracial, Multiracial, and Non-Black students. As a group, we support the advancements of African Americans in the areas of architecture, landscape architecture, design, real estate, urban design, and urban planning. We cultivate a space of belonging at the Graduate School of Design, in a country that has historically denied African Americans such spaces.

The 2017 Black in Design conference is organized by Natasha Hicks (MUP/MDes ’19), Marcus Mello (MArch I/MUP ’18), Amanda Miller (MDes ’17), Armando Sullivan (MUP ’18), and Chanel Williams (MUP ’18).