Equity & Justice Initiatives

The Center for Design and Material Culture is proud to participate in Human Ecology’s Equity & Justice Network. The E&J Network supports the continued evolution of our school into a community wherein people with diverse backgrounds find success, share knowledge, and work together to advance equity and justice.

Community Leader-in-Residence Program

How can we work to stop accepting cultural appropriation and rather encourage cultural appreciation? What are ways in which artists and designers can learn with and through Indigenous objects, like those in the 13,000-object Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection (HLATC), while honoring the peoples, histories, and knowledge systems that created those things and continue to give them meaning? In 2022 the CDMC was supported through a grant from the Equity & Justice Network Community Leader-in-Residence Program to think through these questions, with the goal of developing a scalable and adaptable toolkit and curriculum around cultural appropriation.