Equitable Design Lab

An Open Innovation Program in partnership with UC Berkeley

The realities of racial inequities are embedded in the cultures, systems, and dynamics of both education and corporate environments. For this reason, it is imperative designers adopt inclusive frameworks as a means of shifting the paradigm and providing better access to innovation and consequently more chances of successes for excluded communities. By centering on the importance of equity in the design process, our framework will promote a racially-inclusive innovation model to develop new solutions.

5 actions to Equitable Design Lab

  • Reimagining Modern Design – Products and services today are not as inclusive as they should be. Bias and prejudice translate into design that fails people of color.

  • Underlying Disparities – While the vast majority are not intentionally racist or exclusive, the lack of access or sense of belonging in products and services lead to massive consequences.

  • Systemic Consequences – Consequences of inequitable design are deepening the gap between communities and individuals.

  • A Comprehensive Solution – We believe a key way to reach racial equity is by redesign the products, services and experiences surrounding us

  • Empowering Opportunity and Access – By redefining the frameworks in which products are designed, we hope to bridge opportunities and access to underserved populations.

Ibrahim Balde
Equitable Design Associate
“ At its core, Equitable Design is not only about increasing equity in systems; but also providing a framework so that people of color are actively considered in the design process. ”

The benefits of open innovation with Schoolab

Our program allows students and partners to learn concepts of racial fluency and apply them through the lens of Design Thinking. By encouraging the diverse perspectives of students, companies will be able to assess and integrate the current standards of inclusivity for products and services.
Our methodology is the result of 14 years of experimentation and refinement based on the theories of Design Thinking, Lean Startup and Open Innovation.
Our approach is user-centric, with an emphasis on emotional observation. It allows one to deeply understand the role of an individual in addressing systemic racism, as both a person of color and ally.
Through this collective mindset, teams will be able to assess customer’s needs and build a product which answers those needs, the perfect usage.

Mathieu Aguesse
CEO Schoolab San Francisco
“ Our program addresses racial equity, not through numbers and statistics but through the change of the inherent racial biases built-in products ”

Innovate with students to empower racial equity.

There are no simple solutions, creativity and an openness to address racial disparities are essential in order to implement change in an equitable manner. This open Innovation program in partnership with UC Berkeley takes students from different educational backgrounds and challenges corporate problems.


We’ve understood that you want to become a solution enabler at the intersection of these key societal challenges; sustainability and equity. In the short term, you want to find ways to improve your practices and in the long term create an ecosystem of change-makers.

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We've collected some publishings and materials to help illustrate the importance of the intersection between racial equity and design.


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