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Reflection+ Precedents

Baldwin Rivera Boggs SJ Hub

After creating a system for the Baldwin Rivera Boggs Social Justice Hub I’ve learned what aspects of design needs to be prototyped, influenced by outsiders, researched and crafted with detail. For this system, I intend to implement every new design method gained. While designing this system I have been paying attention to my research and personal bias. Instead of projecting my ideals on an issue or system I’m designing around it while making sure to design with and not for. By researching other systems I am able to stay focus on the problem at hand and create new concepts. Also, this time around my research is more specific which as a result narrowed down my target audience. Having a narrow target audience allows me to address my topic (gender as a form of white supremacy) and combat the issue(s) more effectively. Designing for a smaller audience will be different than designing for the SJH. When prototyping/designing for the SJH it was harder because of the size of the group the SJH intends to support. The system I created could have potentially been more effective if designed for a smaller audience, although the system was fairly successful. To ensure the efficiency of my system I plan to do a more hands-on and specific prototype. I am still unsure what this prototype will be. Designing for the Baldwin Rivera Boggs Social Justice Hub has allowed me to identify the needs of the community, how to inject my own ideas, and implement my system.

Precedents

I wrote annotations for precedents but lost the document and will upload once found.*

  1. Sylvia Rivera Law Project- Mission:”The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence. Read more about SRLP’s principles and approach…”
  2. The Isis Papers by Frances Cress Wesling
  3. Baldwin’s Sissy Heroics by James Baldwin/Marlon Ross
  4. National BlacK Justice Coalition- Mission: “The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. NBJC’s mission is to end racism and homophobia. As America’s leading national Black LGBT civil rights organization focused on federal public policy, NBJC has accepted the charge to lead Black families in strengthening the bonds and bridging the gaps between the movements for racial justice and LGBT equality.”
  5. The Brown Boi Project- Mission: “The Brown Boi Project is a community of people working across race and gender to eradicate sexism, homophobia and transphobia and create healthy frameworks of masculinity and change. We invite you to join us!
    We work for Gender Justice, which means we are not satisfied with the traditional expectations of masculinity and femininity; they tend to box us in and make embodying femininity negative in our culture. Instead, we are fighting with others to build healthy and affirming ideas around gender. We are talking about our responsibilities and privilege as masculine people, and we are working hard to change the power dynamics in our relationships, families, and communities. We believe that by investing in the lives of feminine-identified people – especially womyn, girls, and trans folks – we will shift the balance of power. We are striving for the day when all brown bois can embody non-oppressive masculinities rooted in honor, community, and empowerment of others. “

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