My name is Jacquelyn Iyamah. I am a designer, author and educator. I have a B.A. in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley, where my focus was on ensuring inclusion and equity for Black, Indigenous and communities of color. I also have an M.S. in Interaction Design and Information Architecture from the University of Baltimore. Both my degrees place me at the intersection to create strategies to better design for equity and inclusion.
For my thesis, I designed an online therapy platform that connects Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) to therapists of color. My research shows that there are several barriers that prevent BIPOC from getting therapy. allay is designed to reduce these barriers.
Implement a Racial Equity Design Culture (Hiring, Values, Language)
Establish an Equity Design Thinking Framework
Create Educational Design Resources for Unlearning Racial Bias
Conduct Racial Equity Evaluations for New and Existing Designs
Develop a Company Toolkit for Designing for Racial Equity
Lead Equitable Product Marketing and Branding Strategies
Through my degrees, I have training in Critical Race Theory and design thinking. When we combine these two schools of thought, we can design innovative solutions to dismantle racial inequality.