A project focused on designing for social impact, specifically the intersection of design and activism. Through research and user testing, I explored solutions of self-care for student leaders of color.
Self-care for student leaders and activists, especially students of color, is an issue that leads to decreased health problems and many times burn out. Many leaders are too stubborn or don’t have the capacity to change their habits because of their passion to make great changes within their communities. My passion for design, social justice, and my community (the Filipinx American community) empowered me to search for a solution that will not necessarily instill self-care behavior overnight, but aid in the process.
Why student leaders of color in particular? This research can be applied to anyone, but people of color deal with heavy issues and discussions regarding oppression and social injustices on a constant basis and have different experiences and needs than those who are not people of color.
WHAT ALREADY EXISTS?
To start off the brainstorming, I looked into what already exists to aid in self-care. I came across several resources, such as apps, physical manuals, and websites.
I continued my research by conducting interviews with a variety of people, from student leaders of color, to advisors and counselors, that would have primary experience regarding the issue of the lack of self-care within student leaders on campus. After my primary research, I dived into secondary research online with articles and podcasts of others speaking on the topic.
The IDEO Method Cards guided me in my user-centered research, specifically the “Narration”, “Try it Yourself”, and “Experience Prototype” cards.
FINAL FILE (FREE FOR USE. PLEASE CREDIT ME WHEN SHARED).