As are all systems within our society, systems of oppression, inequality, and inequity are by design; therefore, they can and must be redesigned. Working toward equitable outcomes is a complex and messy process. By integrating humility and vulnerability into our efforts of continuous improvement – embracing and learning from both successes and failures – we dismantle the barriers that have kept us from collectively moving toward a more just society.
Antionette D. Carroll is the Founder, President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit that educates, trains, and challenges Black and Latino youth to design healthy and racially equitable communities. Throughout her career, Antionette has worked for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion nonprofits. Currently, Antionette is the Chair Emeritus of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and National Board Director of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design. She is also the co-founder of the Design + Diversity Conference and Fellowship. She is a TED Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, and GDUSA Person to Watch.