Leading with Design Justice Certificate Program

Oftentimes, our desire to be thoughtful and inclusive leaders in projects is compromised by project scopes, budgets, lack of support or decision-making power and our own hidden biases.

This program helps designers, teams, and leaders embody the values, tools, and practices of design justice in their everyday projects.


This one day course covers the why, what, and how of design justice principles. Through examples and case studies, participants become conscious and reflect on Design Justice Principles and how they apply them to their work.

A project may encounter obstacles due to unintentional biases or a lack of understanding of a topic. Reflective practices before a project can help you better understand the context in which you're working and improve collaboration with others by becoming more conscious of yourself and your surroundings.

This practice also contributes to a better understanding of how design choices impact people's experiences and lives. It allows teams to understand what voices are currently absent from a project and how to lead with a focus on equity.

Certificate Program Outcomes

  • Deepen your understanding of when and how to apply lead projects integrating design justice into complex challenges.
  • Reflective abilities on how to consciously lead projects with an inclusion and justice mindset
  • Ability to lead and structure a project that values multiple types of knowledge (local, lived, embodied).
  • Apply techniques to help you and your team overcome common barriers to creativity and inclusion.

Who is it for?

If any of these sound like you, then this program is for you:

  • I am working to center inclusion in my projects, but often get caught up in old ways of doing things (ie: people, processes, systems and rituals) at my organization which hinder inclusion.
  • I find it difficult to center JEDI properly under tight deadlines, time and budget restrictions.
  • I want to create a framework for me and my team to use for accountability and guidance.
  • I want my organization to create mutual benefit in our research and activities. I want to integrate the relationships and knowledge within the community into our research.
  • I want to learn how to facilitate a common understanding without the need for a common perspective among people from diverse backgrounds and turn ideas into action.
  • I want to integrate multiple types of knowledge and data into my work. Specifically, I want to move beyond dominant views of whose perspectives count and what data is valid.
  • I want to integrate facilitation practices that emphasize inclusion and justice.

What is the program format?

In this remote and live learning program we use multiple exercises and methods so that you can experience the concepts rather than be lectured. At times that means we’ll work in pairs or small groups, on our own or a combination depending on the moment. We'll use MURAL boards to facilitate certain exercises and illustrate ideas. No prior use of MURAL is required. After the course you'll be able to continue you're work on the MURAL board with a free trial.

Certificate Details

After completing the courses, you’ll receive your Leading with Design Justice certificate of completion via email as a downloadable PDF within 1-2 weeks of completing the final required course. Certificates are configured for uploading and sharing on LinkedIn.

Commonly Asked Questions

Academic Credit:
Graduate and undergraduate students can partake in lectures connected to this topic through design institutions like Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art in London.

Completion Time:
The immersion program takes 1 day to complete, although the course may also be broken up into two separate days.

Certificate Requirements:
If you've completed any modules in the Manual of Me, Creating Inclusive Projects or Design Justice 101 program, all count toward your certificate of completion.

  • Nagela Dales is a business model designer and equity strategist that formed her way of working, while bringing digital transformation to emerging markets. Which led her to being part of teams bringing technology and social services to the Bahamian government through service design, enterprise software and participatory research. She is also a research fellow and a part of the Harriet Tubman Effect Institute, a human resource center and institute for justice advocacy research dedicated to dismantling systemic oppression and ushering in a new era of empathy by producing participatory-action research.

  • Started Ideas with Moxie to further ideas that matter to communities and non-profits using service design and action research methods. Catherine works with teams to understand what matters to their participants through research, co-design and facilitation. Prior, Catherine co-led and scaled an award-winning design thinking & entrepreneurship program for Middlebury College and worked on the startup and investment side of entrepreneurship.