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Winter 2019/2020
Addressing stigma surrounding sexual health and identity
The Center for Social Design (CSD) co-hosted Baltimore in Conversation (BIC) on December 13 in MICA's BBOX with Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) Social Innovation Team. BIC is an evening of shared conversation and storytelling about sexual health and identity in Baltimore. The 8th of the BIC storytelling series, "Depth," highlighted stories unpacking themes like forgiveness, medical mistrust and social determinants of health. 

The event also showcased research, insights and prototypes developed during the fall in a Practice-Based Studio led by Associate Director Becky Slogeris (MASD'12) and Associate Cameron Morgan (MASD'19) in partnership with Kehinde Bademosi (MASD'15) and the BCHD Social Innovation team.
Abell funding for Family Planning Toolkit testing and evaluation
Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) and CSD received additional funding from the Abell Foundation to support the implementation of the Family Planning Toolkit, a resource designed to engage women in reflecting on preferences around birth control, pregnancy, family planning, and sex.

The toolkit is the culmination of a year-long project led by Associate Director Becky Slogeris and Charlotte Hager (Family Planning Program Manager at BCHD) in partnership with public health professionals, health educators, service providers, and Baltimore moms. The funding will enable continued collaboration between CSD, BCHD, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), and B'more for Healthy Babies Baltimore to train, implement, and evaluate the utility of the toolkit.

CSD leads human-centered design session at Bloomberg American Health Summit

Director Mike Weikert and Associate Director Becky Slogeris hosted and co-facilitated the interactive session "Human-Centered Design: Engaging People as Experts in Understanding and Addressing Complex Social Problems" during the second Bloomberg American Health Summit on November 12th.

Workshop participants, including Bloomberg Fellows and their host organizations from across the country, explored how human-centered design methods can be used to address longstanding public health challenges, including addiction and overdose, adolescent health, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, and violence. 
Human-Centered Design Intensive explores transformation of historic Lexington Market

Annemarie Spitz, design researcher, service designer, and former Design Research Lead at Greater Good Studio in Chicago, led a three-day, intensive Human-Centered Design (HCD) weekend with the MASD'20 cohort, October 11-14. The HCD Intensive was organized in collaboration with Seawall Development, and focused on the transformation of Baltimore's historic, 236-year-old, Lexington Market.

Students practiced skills in research, synthesis, ideation and prototyping, manifesting in a shareback of insights and ideas to articulate principles and processes for recruiting, selecting, and supporting vendors for the transformed market. 
Trust for Mutual Understanding renews funding for MICA-MOME collaboration

CSD received continued funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding (TMU) in New York in support of our ongoing collaboration and exchange (now entering its seventh year) with the Moholy-Nagy University of Art & Design (MOME) in Budapest, Hungary. The TMU grant for 2019-2020 will enable Bori Feher and Rita Szerencses from MOME to visit CSD in late January; for Co-Directors Lee Davis and Mike Weikert to participate in "Future & Creativity," a celebration of the opening of the new international MOME campus in March; and for Associate Director Becky Slogeris to participate in the 2020 MOME social design summer school.       
How might we ensure that pedestrians and bicyclists are seen and prioritized by both cars and city leaders?

Made You Look is a multi-year collaboration between CSD and community partners to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety in Baltimore. With funding from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Highway Safety Office, the initiative is focused on increasing visibility at two levels: increasing visibility of individuals walking or biking in the city; and increasing visibility of pedestrian and bicyclist safety among policymakers.

The Made You Look team, led by Associate Director Becky Slogeris and Director Lee Davis, includes post-graduate Associates Vilde Ulset and Quinton Batts (both MASD'19) and community advisers Akia Jones, Jasper Barnes and Graham-Coreil-Allen

The team is currently focused on implementing and testing four interventions in collaboration with community partners in Bolton Hill, Reservoir Hill, and Station North/Greenmount West:
  • The Underline (a lighting project for the North Avenue bridge underpass);
  • MyBmore Reflective Wear (visibility through fashion using reflective materials);
  • Community Toolkit (guide for neighborhoods to implement their own visibility and safety actions); and
  • CityHacking (community outreach events that start conversations about pedestrian and bike safety).
MASD 2020 Graduate Fellowships & Partners    

The Center for Social Design has developed a number of opportunities for current MA in Social Design (MASD) students to pursue professional, paid, part-time fellowships with a variety of institutions across Baltimore during their MASD year. The Graduate Social Design Fellowships enable MASD students to put their newly-acquired human-centered design skillsets into practice in real professional contexts. We're delighted to announce the following community partners and fellows for 2019-2020:
  • Baltimore Mayor's Office of Performance & Innovation: Francesca Bonifacio
  • Center for Applied Public Research - Johns Hopkins Centers for Civic Impact: Vidisha Agarwalla
  • Center for Applied Public Research & Center for Systems Science and Engineering - Johns Hopkins University: Hanah Murphy
  • Gensler Baltimore: Eesha Patne
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center: Sasha Avrutina
  • Healthy for Two/Healthy for You - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Eunsoo Kim
  • Lab@OPM - U.S. Office of Personnel Management: Heidi Good Boncana & Kadija Hart
  • Neighborhood Design Center - Village of Love and Resistance (VOLAR): Ayangbe Mannen
  • Neighborhood Design Center - Signal Station North: Judy Chen
  • Seawall Development: Kadija Hart
  • Social Innovation Lab - Johns Hopkins: Heidi Good Boncana   
Awards & Recognition
Quinton Batts selected as Salzburg Young Cultural Innovator

Social Design Associate Quinton Batts (MASD'19) was selected to join the 2019 Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI). Quinton was one of only 50 young creatives selected through a highly-competitive, global selection process to participate in a weeklong residential program focused on collaboration and leadership development, October 22-27, at the Schloss Leopoldskron, home of the Salzburg Global Seminar, in Salzburg, Austria.

The network was launched in 2014 to connect and empower talented changemakers in the creative sector to drive social, economic and urban change. Quinton joins a growing Baltimore hub of Salzburg Fellows that includes MICA President Sammy Hoi and President Emeritus Fred Lazarus.
Lee Davis named Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Co-Director Lee Davis has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in London. The RSA Fellowship is an award granted to individuals that the RSA judges determine have made outstanding contributions to social change. Founded in 1754, with the belief that the creativity of ideas could enrich social progress, the RSA is now a global community of 'social system entrepreneurs' united by a commitment to social change and human progress. The RSA Fellowship seeks to realize a society where creative power is distributed, where concentrations of power are confronted, and where creative values are nurtured.    
Research & Writing
Behavioral Change for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety: A Human-Centered Design Approach 

Behavioral Change for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety: A Human-Centered Design Approach documents the research, insights, ideas, prototypes and lessons learned thus far in our multi-year collaboration with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Motor Vehicle Administration - Highway Safety Office. 
What is Human-Centered Design? And What Can It Do For You?

Social Design Associate Anushka Jajodia (MASD'19) co-wrote an article for the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing blog entitled "What is Human-Centered Design? And What Can It Do For You?" Written with colleague Erika Hornstein from the Center for Innovative Care in Aging, the article introduces basic concepts of human-centered design and opportunities for integrating it into the culture and research of the School of Nursing. Anushka is collaborating with the PROMOTE Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing focused on promoting person-centered, community-focused care methods as part of her post-graduate year in the Center for Social Design. 
Sustaining Wellbeing as a Black Womxn with a Chronic Invisible Disease

Denise Shanté Brown (MASD'17) published the essay "Sustaining Wellbeing as a Black Womxn with a Chronic Invisible Disease," in Womanly Magazine's new issue, Stressed Out, of compiled stories, poetry, and art that remind us that we aren't alone in struggling with stress. Denise's essay shares her experience as a type one diabetic while offering practices on how to integrate less stress and more ease with this condition. 
Apply to the MASD Class of 2021

Elevating the social and design literacy of creatives and building new opportunities and pathways for professional practice.

The first degree-bearing program of its kind, the Master of Arts in Social Design (MASD) at MICA is an intensive, practice-based graduate program that prepares creative changemakers with the tools and methods to advance equity and social justice and to become pioneers and leaders in the practice. 

Priority deadline for Fall 2020 entrance is January 17th! Apply here.

HCD Workshop
Conferences & Events
  • Director Mike Weikert and Associate Director Becky Slogeris co-facilitated the session "Human-Centered Design: Engaging People as Experts in Understanding and Addressing Complex Social Problems" on October 3rd at Kennedy Krieger Institute's 7th Biennial Trauma Conference - Addressing Trauma Across the Lifespan: A Social Justice Lens.
  • Mike Weikert and Becky Slogeris also co-facilitated the session "Human-Centered Design: A Hands-on Workshop" designed to introduce the concepts and process of human-centered design to alumni, parents, students, and Baltimore residents during MICA Weekend, on Saturday, October 5th.
  • Thanks to support from CSD, MICA Graduate Studies, and the Office of the Provost, a team from the MASD 2020 cohort travelled to Cambridge, MA, to attend the 2019 Black in Design Conference "Black Futurism: Creating a More Equitable Future," organized by the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Denise Shanté Brown (MASD'17) was a featured speaker in the session "The Sanctity of Black Bodies: Creating Spaces for Wellness & Joy" on October 5th.  
  • Co-Director Lee Davis and Design Associates Anushka Jajodia and Cameron Morgan designed and co-facilitated an interactive session with 15 members from three generations of the Bunting family on November 9th focused on articulating values for the philanthropic giving strategy of the Bunting Family Foundation.
  • CSD hosted Ray Demers, Director of Design Leadership at Enterprise Community Partners on November 21st for an information session with MASD 2020 about the Enterprise Rose Fellowship, placing community-engaged artists and designers, architects and landscape architects with local community development organizations to facilitate an inclusive approach to development that results in sustainable, equitable and affordable communities.
Nothing About Us
MASD News & Updates
  • Kadija Hart (MASD'20) is a 2020 MICA Graduate Curatorial Fellow. 
  • Gwen Richards (MASD'20) was selected as the MICA Graduate Wellness Coordinator.
  • M Strickland (MASD'19) co-facilitated a human-centered design workshop for the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity in Uganda.
  • Aditi Wagh (MASD'19) is facilitating the workshop "Cultivating Cultural Humility: Approaches to understanding MICA's diverse student populations" on January 15 for the MICA Staff Empowerment Council.
  • Cecilia Yang (MASD'19) is a Design & Research Fellow at Makeapoint in Beijing.
  • Ashley Eberhart (MASD'18) was accepted into Blue Ridge Labs' Catalyst program to develop Landlord Watch, a tool to fight discriminatory renting practices. 
  • Valeria Fuentes (MASD'18) served as a 2018-2019 Resident Food Equity Advisor with the Food Policy Initiative of the Baltimore Office of Sustainability.
  • Kate McGrain (MASD'18) is working as Project Coordinator for the MICA Center for Creative Citizenship and the Natural Dye Initiative.
  • Naeeme Mohammadi (MASD'17) is a Consulting Analyst with Gensler in San Jose, California.
  • Esther Kang (MASD'16) joined as faculty for the SVA MFA Design for Social Innovation in New York. Esther was also selected for the 2019 cohort of The Strange Foundation's Decelerator
  • Justin Wuetcher (MASD'16) and Cary Euwer (MASD'15) both joined Fearless in Baltimore.
  • Merrell Hambleton (MASD'15) joined the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) as Program Manager for Signal Station North
  • Emily Ianacone (MASD'15) led an 8-week intensive prototyping course for MICA-Johns Hopkins  MA/MBA students.
  • Lauren Weinsten (MASD'13) co-hosted co-design sessions for The Residency, a global learning collective. 
  • Elise Roy (MASD'12) started as an Ads UX Accessibility & Inclusion Manager with Google. See Elise's interview about Inclusive Design at Google I/O.
  • Becky Slogeris (MASD'12) collaborated with The National Coalition on School Diversity to host "Nothing About Us," a touring play on educational segregation written and performed by students in the NYC-based EPIC Theatre Ensemble.
  • Co-Director Lee Davis served as a judge for the Johns Hopkins Ecological Design Initiative student design competition focused on Food Systems.  
  • MASD Faculty Thomas Gardner served as reviewer at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), December 9-11.
Diamond James (MASD'16) 
MASD Alumni Profile 

Diamond James (MASD'16) is the Civic and Social Impact Designer on the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garceti's Innovation Team (i-team). Part of an interdisciplinary team, Diamond designs outreach to City residents, industry and academic communities, enabling her team to gain insights about pressing Mayoral priorities. In addition to helping her team shape and conduct research, she leads the design work, re-envisioning the City's processes, products and services from a user's perspective.

The i-team's current priority explores how the future of work will impact unemployed, underemployed and undereducated residents, and how to increase their access to growing jobs with living wages. Within this priority, Diamond leads the initiative to increase the number of apprenticeships offered for reach roles, as well as the number of Angelenos becoming tech apprentices. She also contributes to additional projects in the i-team's "Future of Work" portfolio. She is currently designing a way to make City job bulletins more user-friendly, and supports her team's behavioral science initiative.

Diamond is the first to hold her position within the City of Los Angelos. She is thrilled to expand City departments' capacity for human-centered design, and enjoys collaborating with the i-team's directors, data scientists, project managers, analysts and fellows.

Immediately following MASD graduation, Diamond was a design educator, leading the Oliver Youth Counter-Ad Workshops with Center for Social Design Associate Director Becky Slogeris. In 2018, she was also a Teaching Artist for the Center for Urban Pedagogy's "Urban Investigations" youth program. In that role, Diamond helped a group of Brooklyn teens to find answers, reflect and create Seeking Sanctuary about New York City's immigration policy. Diamond also served as Equity Editor on Baltimore's 2018 Sustainability Plan for the Baltimore Office of Sustainability.

Prior to MASD, Diamond was a visual journalist and art director for seven years at The Washington Post. She has authored several pieces about humanizing human-centered design, including a book chapter in Routledge's 2017 Handbook of Sustainable Design. She holds a bachelor's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

A selection of recent articles by Diamond:

Create & Shine

Upcoming Events

Branding for Social impact
Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 6:00-7:00pm

MICA Center for Social Design
Baltimore, MD


Join us for the public launch and celebration of a unique, two-year, trans-Atlantic collaboration between the MICA Center for Social Design and the EcoLab at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art & Design (MOME), involving MICA and MOME social design and graphic design faculty and students collaborating on the development of a new brand strategy and visual identity for the Trust for Mutual Understanding. 

Future & Creativity
International Campus Opening & Strategic Discussion
March 25-27, 2020 

Moholy-Nagy University of Art & Design (MOME)
Budapest, Hungary


Directors Lee Davis and Mike Weikert will participate in the International Campus Opening and Symposium at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art & Design (MOME) in Budapest, Hungary. Together with MOME partner Bori Feher, Lee and Mike will co-facilitate a session on "Social Design: Innovations in social design education and practice."

Equity by Design - SAVE THE DATE!
Friday, April 24 - Sunday, April 26, 2020
Baltimore, MD

We're super excited that our friends at Creative Reaction Lab will be bringing the Equity by Design Immersive Series to Baltimore! Participants learn how to apply the Equity-Centered Community Design framework to examine how they might design with inclusive and equitable outcomes in mind. 

Social Design Exchange 2020 - SAVE THE DATE!
Monday, April 27, 2020, 6:00-8:30pm
1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD

Join us for our annual Social Design Exchange, a fun and interactive evening with the MA in Social Design (MASD) Class of 2020 as they share insights from their capstone projects and processes. 

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