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Webinar: The Future Must Be Different From The Past.

July 1, 2020
6:00-7:30pm CST
Join our conversation as the first step towards the future of embracing an anti-racist agenda with guest panelists and our ID faculty.

In ID's The Future Has to Be Different series, we share emerging design practices and frameworks that contribute to building intelligent, responsible, and cooperative futures that focus on solutions that are inclusive, just, and sustainable.

As ID continues our strong commitment to championing equitable and fair infrastructures, we understand there is a lot of work to be done. Embracing an anti-racist agenda is the first step towards this future. Join us in conversation with Christina Harrington, Cheryl D. Miller, Norman Teague, and Chris Rudd.

Opening statement by Denis Weil, Dean of IIT ID.


Chris Rudd is an Instructor and Lead of Community-led Design for the Chicago Design Lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology-Institute of Design (ID) where his work focuses on co-designing with community stakeholders. Chris is a former Stanford Institute of Design ( Civic Innovation fellow where he focused on the intersection of youth development, design, and technology.

In addition to his role at ID, Chris is a community organizer, and founder of ChiByDesign, a black-owned and people of color led design firm in Chicago. Chris has a deep background in social equity work, systems change, and youth development. He’s worked with youth on the south and west sides of Chicago, challenging them to engage with their communities through activism and technology.

Christina Harrington, PhD explores concepts of health through community-based participatory design and co-creation, considering health management as a sociotechnical experience. She believes that constructs of identity and social positioning impact our interactions with technology, including individual access to online information, the relevance of certain systems in our everyday lives, and the ways we accept certain interventions. Her work uses participatory research methods to explore constructs of empowerment and access among vulnerable communities that have been marginalized along multiple dimensions of identity (age, race, ethnicity, income, class).

Norman Teague is a Chicago based designer and educator focused on projects and pedagogy that address the complexity of urbanism and the culture of communities. Specializing in small architecture, custom furniture, design consulting, sculpture and designed objects that deliver a personal narratives and or function. Teague's past projects have included consumer products, public arts, performances and designed spaces. Teague prides himself for working within communities that offer ethical returns and human centered exchanges.

Cheryl D. Miller holds the Master of Science-Communications Design degree from the Pratt Institute, N.Y. and the Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Foundation Studies, The Rhode Island School of Design. She is a former business owner; Cheryl D. Miller Design, Inc., New York serviced corporate communications to a Fortune 500 clientele. She is a design industry winner, of countless awards i.e.—Awards of Special Merit, Association of Graphic Arts; Best of Category, PIA Awards; Award of Excellence, PIA Awards; Graphic Excellence, Neenah Paper Awards; Certificate of Excellence, The Art Director’s Club of New Jersey; Various Awards of Excellence: Art Director’s Club Awards, Desi Awards, Peabody Awards, Crystal Awards- Business Women of the Year, Ceba Award, Broadcast Design Awards.