Women in Design is committed to advancing gender equity in and through design. Led by women, but open to all, Women in Design works to make the design field more equitable and open in light of the historic under-representation of women in recognized leadership roles as well as design’s critical need for diversity, collaboration, care, and re-centering marginalized voices.
Women in Design organizes around three core objectives: (1) nurturing a supportive community of care on campus, (2) creating opportunities for students’ personal and professional development, and (3) public advocacy for systemic change towards gender equity.
Primary Contact: Adria Boynton
Secondary Contact: Ashley Thompson
Tertiary Contact: Alexandra Mei
Event Liaison: Maia Peck
International Women’s Day
In recognition of International Women’s Day, Women in Design organized a day of events celebrating gender equity. The program included a reception in the Loeb Library, a WiD photobooth, and a panel conversation on “Radical Practice,” included as part of the GSD’s public lecture series. Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer Atyia Martin, architect Julia King, public curator Susan Surface, and sculptor Diana Al-Hadid presented their work and discussed how they challenge, innovate, and develop radical alternatives to the dominant modes and methods of their fields.
The WiD Lineage Project is an ongoing effort to document the contributions that female GSD alumnae have made to design. The lineage work allows current GSD students to interview alumnae about their experiences both in school and in the workplace. These meetings help build a depository of lessons learned and best practices, while also fostering informal networking and mentorship opportunities.
Workshops and Visits
WiD hosts a series of small get-togethers throughout the semester, ranging from tea with visionary practitioners like Denise Scott Brown to intimate brunches with GSD professors. The group also organizes visits to nearby projects like the Lawn on D in South Boston, local design offices, and active construction sites. Other WiD events include workshops covering everything from small business practices to self-care, including a recent “Design for Healing Spaces” session with herbalist Adamu Utah.