I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ways in which my teaching practices might be reinforcing White supremacy.

In particular, I’ve been thinking about how graphic design advice that I share in my classes — advice that I thought to be “neutral” and “benign” — may serve to exclude and oppress BIPOC students.

These thoughts came to the foreground a few weeks ago. At a webinar organized by Chris Rudd at the IIT Institute of Design (“The Future Must be Different from the Past: Embracing an Anti-Racist Agenda”), graphic designer Cheryl D. …

Back in the day, my d.school friends Tania Anaissie and Taylor Cone created the “Stoke Deck”—a collection of activities to boost energy, nurture camaraderie, and encourage creativity among students in college design classes. Since then, I’ve religiously used these activities, and others like them, to help my students get into the right mindset for creative collaboration.

But activities like these were designed for physical, in-person interaction. Today, we teach and learn in a different world.

Students in Dartmouth’s Senior Design Challenge class on “Silly Hat Day”

A changing time

As my colleagues and I scrambled to shift our in-person design classes to an online format, I posed a question to the members of the…

Eugene Korsunskiy

Eugene teaches design thinking at Dartmouth College.

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