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.

Equity Design

 

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.

Equity Designer

 

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

 

Complexity

 When cause and effect of a problem is so entangled that we can only know what to do during or after the action taken.

 

Design 

The intention (and unintentional impact) behind an outcome

 

Designer

One who uses their creative agency to address an issue, problem, challenge, or opportunity space

 

Equity

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

Healing

 

The phenomenon that is experienced when the idealized outcomes departs from actual experience

Impact vs Intention

 

The ability to do work, Force x Direction

Power 

 

A social construct based on a person’s phenotype

Race

 

The effects of harmful experiences that influence and can distort worldviews and actions

Trauma