Pair of Racial Justice honoraria awarded for involvement in design course

November 2, 2022

Pair of Racial Justice honoraria awarded for involvement in design course

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Photos of Dounia Tamri-Loeper (right) and Tanya Vora (left) overlaid with text, “2022 Racial Justice Honoraria.”
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In October, 2022, Dounia Tamri-Loeper and Tanya Vora presented their work and their design career journeys to 3rd-year industrial design students, offering wisdom and perspective to fuel students’ efforts in a studio course taught by Assistant Professor William Nickley. Tamri-Loeper and Vora also served on a panel of guest reviewers for student research presentations in September, 2022, and will be invited back for student design concept presentations in November, 2022. For their repeated involvement, Tamari-Loeper and Vora were each provided an honorarium.

While it is common for instructors to invite design professionals in their design studio courses, pro involvement is often voluntary. Nickley has made use of voluntary effort in his previous design studio courses, but saw a Racial Justice Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX) grant as an opportunity to compensate folks for their valuable creativity and perspective – two assets that are often given away for free – and thereby start to address racial equity in a common pedagogical practice.

Work from the 3rd-year industrial design studio will be featured in the 5th Annual Design Winter Market on-campus December 7, 2022.

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