Anti-Racism Human-Centered Design Lab

Following the ACGC Annual Conference 2020, Unlearning and Relearning, International Development Beyond 2020, participants expressed interest in an opportunity to take concrete action to resolve racism in the international development sector.  Responding to this need, ACGC is launching Anti-Racism in International Development: A Human Centered Design Approach, a 6-session design lab for members of the international development sector in Alberta.

Aimed at members of the international development sector in Alberta, this series of participatory training sessions will focus on using human-centered design to build capacity in developing anti-racist skill sets within the international development sector.

Apply by Friday, March 12, 2021 for one of the 25 spots available!

Click here to access the registration form.

Have questions?  See below for program information, or Contact Nomazwe Siziba:  nomazwe.siziba@acgc.ca


Program Dates and Format

Participants will be expected to commit three hours (9am-12pm), fortnightly for this highly interactive online program from Thursday 1 April to Thursday 10 June 2021.

Program Dates: Every second Thursday: 1 April, 15 April, 29 April, 13 May, 27 May, 10 June
Time:  9am-12noon
Format:  Online, Zoom

Program Description

The Anti-Racism in International Development: A Human Centered Design Approach, is a 6-session learning and sharing capacity building program where members of the international development sector in Alberta will come together in a design lab to think through, identify problems, and brainstorm the solutions to racism in the international development sector.  Participants will learn about, and apply, anti-racism and human-centered design concepts as they work collectively to address racism in the international development sector.

Specifically, the purpose of this program is to:

  • Build capacity amongst participants, in gender equality with an intersectional lens through guided learning, unlearning and exploring anti-racism and anti-oppression concepts, in relation to gender equality, and how they connect to international development work at home and abroad.
  • Create a space for participants to network, collaborate, share their experiences and exchange
  • Ensure opportunities for participants to learn, share and apply new concepts, theories and tools as relevant to their international development work, and consider future applications of these concepts in their respective

The design lab will be a highly interactive and participatory online program that takes a holistic approach where facilitators will use various online engagement tools and facilitation techniques to ensure a meaningful learning experience and interactive design approach. These learning sessions will include experiential learning activities, self-reflection questions, pre-assigned work and opportunities to share lived experiences and knowledge.

Who is eligible to apply?

An community member working or volunteering with an Alberta-based international development organization who is:

  • Interested in new ways of thinking and working;
  • Interested in working on ways to address how the international development sector deals with racism and gender inequality.
  • Wanting to take what they learn back to their workplace or community;
  • Able to commit three hours fortnightly for the 6 sessions of the program.

ACGC encourages you apply to the program with a colleague, in order to increase the opportunity for meaningful follow-up and action within your organization after the program.


Meet the Facilitators

The amazing thinkers and designers behind the Edmonton-based You Need This Box  initiative will facilitate and guide program.

Annand Olivierre

Annand is a father of two daughters, a husband, an engaged citizen, an optimist, and a Strategic Foresight Analyst with the City of Edmonton. As a first generation Canadian who was born, raised, and continues to live in Edmonton, he has become comfortable with both fitting in and not quite being a part of the mainstream all at the same time. His experiences have shaped his capacity to be a bridge builder and through his work, he uses a holistic perspective that encourages collaboration and empowers organizations to apply new frameworks, methods, and tools for greater impact. He cares about social innovation because the field places a focus on bringing together many perspectives and doing the messy work of digging in and discovering what is holding complex challenges in place. He believes that through this work what is discovered newly is our collective human capacity and know-how to build solutions that shift and transform systems for the better.

Paz (Pachy) Orellana-Fitzgerald

Pachy is fascinated with people’s relationship to the designed objects and spaces that comprise their lives. Her belief that insight into the human-object relationship is the key to meaningful and sustainable design, has led her to work on projects that inform and inspire the development of meaningful and sustainable products and work environments, both in the public and private sector. She holds a Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design and a MA in Material Culture, both from the University of Alberta. Currently, Pachy works as a freelance design researcher.

Tamreen Arif

Tamreen is passionate about creating a genuine sense of belonging for every member of our community and supporting meaningful inclusion. She has been involved in anti-racist and intersectional feminist work for several years. By day, she works in the public sector, and her previous policy experiences range from economic development in rural Alberta to mining in south America. She currently holds a Master in Public Administration and a Bachelor degree in Political Science and Economics.

Raised in Montreal, Tamreen moved to Alberta in September 2013. In 2017, she co-founded a local non-profit organization called the InspireHer Society, which focuses on redefining leadership for all genders. At her core, she enjoys painting, acing trivia contests, and searching for best poutine in town!