An Intersectional Lens | Using Participatory Design to Redefine Inclusivity and Foster Belonging in Community-Driven Civic Environments with Black Indigenous Women of Color (BIWOC)
Through a series of interviews, surveys, and co-design sessions, American Black women shared and reflected upon their personal and professional experiences and collaborated to imagine what an inclusive space could be when they led the conversation. In conclusion, they created a variety of spatial offerings and service considerations that increased cultural representation, enhanced comprehensions of safety, fostered an environment of learning, and valued who they are holistically. It became evident that a lack of humanity could never be replaced by design aesthetics. Beyond these realizations, this research illuminated Black women as critical thinkers who are creative, sensually driven, self-aware, spiritual, and systems focused.