Season 4: Episode 2
Design anthropologist and design dean Dori Tunstall shares her experience decolonizing the design curriculum.
This season I am talking to academics, artists and changemakers about empathy, storytelling and bridging divides.
Inclusion and equity don’t just happen because it is part of your mission statement. Creating a space where all members feel a sense of belonging is a process.
Today I am in conversation with Dori Tunstall who has been working in the area of diversity, equity, inclusion and decolonization.
Dori Tunstall is Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, Canada.She is the first black and black female dean of the faculty of design in the world.
Our conversation stretches from the language of inclusion to the insights that mushrooms and design thinking bring to our understanding of our fundamental interconnectedness.
Right now, the people that we can learn the most from are the indigenous people who’ve maintained those ways of being, those ways of seeing, those ways of experiencing the world where it’s your obligations that define who you are, not your privileges.
Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. As Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, she is the first black and black female dean of a faculty of design. She is a recognized leader in the decolonization of art and design education.
With a global career, Dori served as Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean at Swinburne University in Australia. She wrote the biweekly column Un-Design for The Conversation Australia. In the U.S., she taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She organized the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and served as a director of Design for Democracy. Industry positions included UX strategists for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. Dori holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.
Follow Dori Tunstall on Instagram, @Dori_OCAD