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Community-Centered Design 101: Featuring Adriana Valdez Young

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Join our faculty member Adriana Valdez Young – the Head of Community at 3×3 for an interactive online session on the applications of community centered design!

About this event

Join 3×3 for a lively gathering around the challenges, myths, and joys of practicing community-centered design.

We’ve created this recurring gathering space for emerging and established practitioners to connect, learn, and support each other in their practice of inclusive and community-centered design practices. (We welcome all professional backgrounds and experience levels — no prior training or knowledge of community-centered design needed!)


The aim of this gathering is to offer an onboarding or refresher to the core values and applications of community-centered design, and provide space for participants to engage in discussion and network:

Understand the lineage and evolution of community-centered design in practice;
Gain exposure to the core mindsets and values driving community-centered design;
Engage in conversation with fellow practitioners to share challenges, resources, and inspiration;
Learn about other training opportunities and resources to continue to evolve your practice.


This online event will be a combination of an interactive presentation, discussions, and open time for networking. The Zoom link will be shared 1-day prior to the start of the workshop.

– 5 minutes: Interactive warm-up and setting shared intentions

– 10 minutes: Snapshot of the history and evolution of community-centered design, myth-busting, and other engaging activities

– 20 minutes: Spotlighted speaker, Blaze Lightfoot Jones-Yellin

– 10 minutes: Group reflection and review of key takeaways

Drawing from over a decade of experience developing methods that center communities in design, policy, and planning decisions, this event is part of a larger training series for teams to integrate critical reflection, collaboration, and inclusion into their everyday work.