Student-Centered Approach to Learning, Design Thinking, and Relational Pedagogy

Community Building at California State University Northridge  |  Graphic Design Department, Radius 2.0   |  Summer 2017 – Summer 2018
Working with design student-entrepreneurs learning design strategy, 
I used new technologies to create innovative small group discussion opportunities in large summer workshops, technologies that were later adopted by my colleagues in the department. I developed student-centered workshops and projects in order for students to develop their own solutions to challenges centered around organizational structure, team building, creative confidence, and student-led client solutions. I activated design thinking methodology and relational pedagogy within a multidisciplinary-student body.
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Inside the Minds of Brilliant Designers
General Assembly Santa Monica Panel  |  May 11,  2018
This inspiring panel event series invites key players in Los Angeles' design community to offer a rare insider’s look at how they work and create. For my contribution, I set up a framework to discuss the running theme through my client-driven design work, my artwork/research, and my teaching pedagogy.
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AIGA Leadership and Community Building
Committee Lead, AIGA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative  |  Education and Community Committee 
Work to support a more diverse audience of design students, practitioners, managers, thinkers, enthusiasts, clients, consumers, and policy makers as part of AIGA's Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. Augment ongoing AIGA programs with new ideas and resources that take a comprehensive approach, considering race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and other factors that shape creative perspective and professional experience.
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AIGA Cross Chapter Engagements 
Because of my involvement with the AIGA organization, I am connected to a national design community. When possible, I support national initiatives and fellow chapters with their initiatives. 
Co-Curator for Google Arts & Culture  |  2017
The Across Borders: A Look at the Work of Latinx Designers exhibition opens the door to further document and honor the impact that Latinx individuals have had on design history and culture.​​​
​​​​ The Google Arts & Culture: Latino Cultures in the US project showcases how deeply embedded Latino cultures have been and will be to the fabric of American life. By partnering with 50 institutions, this collection includes more than 4,000 items and 90 exhibits, bringing together a rich set of archives, artworks, and stories for anyone to access.The project highlights Latino experiences that permeate the nation’s history.
Judge & Presenter  |  AIGA Nebraska  |  2017
I was invited by AIGA Nebraska to judge and speak at the annual juried completion SHOW, an evening celebrating the best design the state has to offer. I discussed the importance of storytelling and sharing you own personal story to rewrite personal and cultural experiences to a sold out crowd of 300.
A review of the event in here.
Lush: Poetry+Design Exhibition  |  AIGA Las Vegas  |  2018
I was invited by AIGA Las Vegas to create a typographic poster with a poem by a local Las Vegas poet in celebration of National Poetry Month I was. Designers were asked to interpret poems with no art direction or communication from the poet as an exercise in interpretation and creativity.
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Multiracial Women's Creative Circle
Building a Community for Multiracial Women in Los Angeles  |  Socially Engaged Art Intervention 
How One Dinner can Change US/Them/The World: A Group of Multiracial/Multiethnic & mixed heritage women who were strangers to each other were invited together at my home to share a meal and a conversation in order to build a space for self authorship. 
The intention was to develop: 
   •  A space for dialog, communion, and community.
   •  Serve as a strategy to understand and communicate these women's experiences.
   •  Refuse “the fragmentation that comes from the boundaries of identities” (Cruz, 2001).
   •  Together, create counter narratives that are often silenced in society.   
   •  Employ the Chicana feminist strategy of autohistoria  
Stay tuned for the culminating co-created art piece.
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Master Gardener for the Community
Community Focused and Sustainable Gardening Teacher  |  University of California  |  2017–Present
Certified and trained by the University of California Cooperative Extension I am certified as a specialized instructor, who uses research-based information to promote environmentally responsible and sustainable horticultural practices in the home, community, and school landscapes with a focus on low-income communities. 
I am currently developing methods to merge design practices, social justice, community building, and sustainable gardening. If you are interested in partnering on this please do get in touch with me.
All master gardener efforts are on a volunteer basis. MG's must meet the volunteering and continuing education minimum hours to maintain certification. Learn more about the UC Master Gardener initiative here
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