Introduction to Social Design

Introduction to Social Design

Social design supports and empowers culture by looking at design through the lens of the community as a whole. The overarching goal of social design is to create outcomes that inspire cultural engagement and improve creativity, equity, social justice, and public health. This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of social design, where students will collaborate on projects across the semester to learn how to bring the course materials together to real-life applications.

Intro to Social Design's instructor, Brandon Middleton, also offers Community College on Thursdays this spring. All are welcome to attend these free virtual sessions that include conversations and Q&A with UIUC alumni and others working and practicing in social design and social innovation spaces.

SCD Presents: Community College

Community College, part of SCD's "Introduction to Social Design" class and hosted by instructor Brandon Middleton, is a weekly open conversation where we invite academics, social impact organizations, and community members to talk with students and each other. Attendees will hear from a diverse set of social impact, design, and community rock stars about their paths, their lessons learned, and their thoughts on the future of social design. 

Week 1 | DeVaris Brown & Lynn Canfield | video

Week 2 | Tunde Oshinowo | Sujude Dalieh | video

Week 3 |  Jason Mayden | video

Week 4 |  Ingrid Brown | Cayse Llorens | video

Week 5 |  Becca Guyette | Nina Montgomery

Week 6 | Jessica Devries | Eric Hotchkiss | video

Week 7 |  Chezare Warren | Terrence Pruitt | video

Week 8 |  Ayodele Gomih | JJ Harris | video


Week 10 |  Helen Min | Jamal Robinson

Week 11 |  Hustle Simmons | Charles Dowdy | video

Week 12 | Kelly Jo MacArthur | Gregg Zehr

Week 13 |  Ama Addai | Jerrod Henderson | video

Week 14 | April 21: Lesley Ann Noel | Chris Rudd | video

Week 15 | April 28: Charles Burton | Michael Middleton | video

Week 16 | May 5: Jewell Hillery | Vance Roush| video