DESIS, which stands for “Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability,” is a collection of design programs from schools and colleges across the globe whose faculty and students are interested in creating meaningful social changes in collaboration with other stakeholders.
The Stamps DESIS Lab, situated within the Master of Design in Integrative Design program at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan, engages graduate students in using design thinking and critical making to address rampant inequities in society towards social and environmental justice.
The Stamps DESIS Lab is led by Audrey Bennett, MDes Program Director and University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor.
Stamps DESIS Lab Statement
Equity is a state in which all people, regardless of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and various other markers of social disadvantage, have fair and just access to the resources and opportunities necessary to thrive. Equity disparities often reflect reciprocal influences between biased or unfair policies, programs, practices, or situations that contribute to a lack of equality in expectations, circumstances, and quality of life. Improving equity begins with improving access.
Major questions the Stamps DESIS Lab aims to address include:
- How might we use integrative design methods to intervene in our education systems, food systems, and housing networks to address inequities?
- How might we use integrative design methods to compensate for pre-existing biases and prejudice in American society and locally in Michigan?
- How might we use integrative design methods to disrupt cycles of low expectations that are reinforced and perpetuated by social and cultural stereotypes?