We crafted these definitions to create shared language as we go about building the field.
Equity design is a creative process to dismantle systems of oppression and (re)design towards liberation and healing by centering the power of communities historically impacted by the oppressive systems being (re)designed.
An equity designer applies equity design towards liberation, has lived experiences with the oppressive systems being (re)designed, and is currently embedded in the community impacted by these oppressive systems.
An equity design ally applies equity design towards liberation and shares their power and access with equity designers. An equity design ally does not have lived experiences with the oppressive systems being (re)designed and/or is not currently embedded in the community impacted by these oppressive systems.
Equity Design Ally
Equity design facilitators guide equity designers and design allies through the equity design process to dismantle systems of oppression and (re)design towards liberation and healing. Equity design facilitators create space, establish guardrails, and hold themselves and designers/design allies accountable to equity design principles (we support Design Justice principles).
Equity Design facilitator
When cause and effect of a problem is so entangled that we can only know what to do during or after the action taken.
The intention (and unintentional impact) behind an outcome
One who uses their creative agency to address an issue, problem, challenge, or opportunity space
The act of owning and taking responsibility of and correcting based on a historical narrative
Recognizing and expressing trauma and hurt from oppression, and, through recovering self-health, authentic connection with others and agency to create your future
The phenomenon that is experienced when the idealized outcomes departs from actual experience
Impact vs Intention
The ability to do work, Force x Direction
A social construct based on a person’s phenotype
The effects of harmful experiences that influence and can distort worldviews and actions