Creatives on Campus: Antionette Carroll

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Creatives on Campus: Antionette Carroll

SDCT invites the Austin Design Community to a lecture with speaker, educator, equity designer and DEI specialist Antionette Carroll.

By UT School of Design and Creative Technologies

When and where

Date and time

Tuesday, March 28 · 5:30 - 7pm CDT


The Foundry (Located in the Fine Arts Library) 510 East 23rd Street Austin, TX 78712

About this event

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Becoming a Redesigner of Justice

Creative Reaction Lab is cultivating a new type of leader to address the exclusion and inequities in our communities; these leaders are called Redesigners for Justice.™ There are two groups of Redesigners for Justice™: Equity Designers and Design Allies. Equity Designers are those with living expertise in a subject matter, whereas Design Allies support, uplift, and center the voices of communities of which they do not have said living expertise.

Both groups of Redesigners for Justice™ perform the following:

  • Put people and racial + ethnic equity first
  • Work through the lens of failure — always iterating, making and improving interventions
  • Build upon the existing resources available within their organizations/communities to create change

You can be an Equity Designer in one context and a Design Ally in another. These identities are context-dependent. Redesigners for Justice™ also practice intrapreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and community organizing.

About Antionette Carroll

Antionette D. Carroll is the Founder, President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit educating and deploying youth to challenge racial and health inequities impacting Black and Latinx populations. Within this role, Antionette has pioneered an award-winning form of creative problem solving called Equity-Centered Community Design (named a Fast Company World Changing Idea Finalist). Through this capacity, Antionette has received several recognitions and awards including being named an ADL and Aspen Institute Civil Society Fellow, Roddenberry Fellow, Echoing Green Global Fellow, TED Fellow, ADCOLOR Innovator, SXSW Community Service Honoree, Camelback Ventures Fellow, 4.0 Schools Tiny Fellow, St. Louis Visionary Award Honoree for Community Impact, and Essence Magazine Woke 100.

Within her almost 10 years of volunteer leadership, Antionette was named the Founding Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design. She’s a former AIGA National Board Director and Chair Emerita of the Task Force. During her tenure, she founded and launched several initiatives, including the Design Census Program with Google, Racial Justice by Design Initiative, Diversity and Inclusion Residency, and national Design for Inclusivity Summit with Microsoft. Additionally, she’s the co-founder of the Design + Diversity Conference and Fellowship, co-founder and co-director of &Design, co-founder and chair of the Oscar Johnson III Youth Hope Foundation, and an active member of Adobe's Design Circle.

Antionette also is an international speaker and facilitator, previously speaking at Google, TED, Capital One, Harvard, Stanford University, Microsoft, NASA, TEDxHerndon and TEDxGatewayArch, AIGA National Conference, The Ohio State University, and more.

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