Design Educators Conference Webinar: Sustainable Design Thinking & Strong Like Two People

The RGD is pleased to announce the Design Educators Conference Webinar: Sustainable Design Thinking – Changing the Design Process & Strong Like Two People.


In 2021, the 5th Design Educators Conference will consist of: 2 Keynote Presentations and 12 Themed Concurrent Sessions. The Conference's 5 themes are: Empower (the learners), Embrace (the classroom), Expand (the experience), Engage (with external participation) and Equity (within all spaces).



  • Sustainable Design Thinking – Changing the Design Process by Robin Landa, Kean U

  • Strong Like Two People by Adolfo Ruiz, MacEwan U 

Date: Friday, February 12th at 1:00 PM ET


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Theme: Equity – within all spaces


Strong Like Two People: Curriculum Development for Northern Creative Program on Tłı̨chǫ Lands


Presented by Adolfo Ruiz, Assistant Professor at MacEwan University in Alberta, Canada


The project developed through this research is based on the rich history of Dene storytelling and is intended to engage regional elders and youth in ongoing activities that combine traditional (oral) ways of sharing stories with visual communication design practice. This research also draws from the United Nations Creative Economy Report, 2013—which emphasizes how culture, creativity and innovation are vital in meeting challenges of sustainable development, while encouraging economic growth, and promoting social inclusion. In his work, Adolfo aimed to empower learners from a northern community through the development of culturally appropriate curriculum, embrace the land as classroom, expand the idea of design to include Indigenous knowledge, and finally, to explore ways of engaging participants from the Dene region, as well as educators from a southern university. Most importantly Adolfo worked to facilitate equity through the creation of an educational experience outside the urban environment. 



  • How does design education engage with society, with our student’s lives, with the industry at large?
  • What strategies can educators share on creating a culturally appropriate curriculum?
  • How can educators increasingly encourage and promote students to be culturally aware, engaged and active in their visual communication design practice?