Collaborating on Inclusion and Diversity with Students from the Equitable Design Lab

The Equitable Design Lab program is:

Develop high impact projects

Develop sustainability in existing markets and reach new markets.

A stronger connection

Create a deeper connection with your customers, users, and stakeholders.

Prospecting for talent

Attract and retain top UC Berkeley talent from diverse backgrounds.

A dedicated team of multidisciplinary UC Berkeley students spends a semester working together to design solutions to this challenge. Students gain training in applied innovation methodologies from a diversity, equity, and inclusion perspective.

Over the past 4 years, Schoolab’s San Francisco team has become a global leader in bringing together education, design thinking and societal issues, working with companies such as Atlassian, Samsung, and Whole Foods. Schoolab partners with UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business on the Open Innovation for Inclusion and Diversity program: the Equitable Design Lab.

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Examples and Consequences of Problems in Design Equity

Bias in the algorithms

Technologies directly limit usability and perpetuate underlying racism and discrimination.

Image recognition systems

The limited inclusion of computer vision technology increases racial disparities.

Learning at a distance

Remote learning perpetuates the disparities that people of color experience in access to education.

A Multidimensional Approach

Deux femmes qui travaillent sur le tableau à Schoolab

Today's design is not equitable

Products and services are not as inclusive as they can be. Bias and prejudice result in Design that fails people of color, women, and people with disabilities.

Session de travaille en groupe

There are underlying disparities in what we consume

While the vast majority are not actively racist or exclusionary, the lack of access and/or sense of belonging has massive consequences.

Femme qui sourit devant le tableau

Leading to major consequences

The consequences of inequitable design are widening the gap between communities and individuals, despite many proactive policies in the country.

Deux personnes qui discute de l'Equitable Design

Equitable design is a systemic solution

We believe that one of the key ways to achieve racial equity is to rethink the products, services, and experiences that surround us and rid them of their subconscious biases.

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