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Erica Dorn: Designing Migration Equity Summer Course at Carnegie Mellon University



In April of 2021, Landecker Fellow Erica Dorn programmed a Designing Migration Equity summer course at Carnegie Mellon University. Students taking the course were considered as design co-researchers in Erica’s Humanity in Action action project – Civic Mobility.

As part of the program, students were to generate design interventions for migration equity that support Erica’s mission in co-designing pathways towards democracy.

Below are some of the tasks students have taken during the course:

  • Review and discuss existing research and knowledge related to open borders and migration equity
  • Apply research and design methods to conduct investigations of formal and informal migration equity interventions
  • Participate in a collective futuring exercise
  • Design a culture or policy intervention towards migration equity

You can learn more about Erica’s course for CMU on her webpage at iamerica.

Erica is one of thirty Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.