2021 Academic Summit

Robin Lynne Marquis

Robin Lynne Marquis (they/them) has over a decade of experience leading initiatives, programming, and community collaborations with cultural institutions of all sizes and people of all ages. As a disabled artist, Marquis is part of a national network of thought-leaders shaping the conversation about accessibility in the arts while contributing to local efforts that combine creativity, education, and activism to achieve social change. They currently serve as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Access Smithsonian, and as the Accessibility Manager for The Peale.

Robin Lynne Marquis
Smithsonian
Baltimore

Dr. Audra Buck-Coleman

Dr. Audra Buck-Coleman is a designer, educator, author, and social design researcher. She has directed, written, curated, designed, authored, and collaborated on numerous design projects including Sticks + Stones, an iterative, international multi-university project that connects stereotyping, bias and prejudice to current events. Her research and creative practice focus on social justice design, the ways art and design can create positive change in culture and society.

Audra Buck-Coleman
None

Archana Shekara

Archana Shekara is a designer, researcher, creative director, and educator. She is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design, Co-Director of Ethnic Studies Program, and Creative Director of Design Streak Studio, a research based social innovation lab focusing on human-centered service design at Illinois State University.

Archana Shekara
Illinois State University
Bloomington, IL

Muhammad Nafisur Rahman

Muhammad Nafisur Rahman is an Assistant Professor of the Communication Design program at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, where he has been teaching typography core courses and design methodology since 2019. Trained as an architect in Bangladesh, Muhammad holds a M.Des. in Graphic Design from University of Illinois at Chicago, UIC and Post-Graduate Studies in Typography from Institute of Visual Communication (FHNW) Basel, Switzerland and Graduate Certificate in Urban Design from University of Cincinnati.

Muhammad Nafisur Rahman
University of Cincinnati (DAAP)
Cincinnati

Yeohyun Ahn

Yeohyun Ahn is a designer, educator, and researcher, integrating creative coding, digital fabrication, and physical interaction into spatial typography and graphic design. Her interdisciplinary typography project, TYPE + CODE Series, has featured through Washington Post, PRINT, New York Times Magazine, Letter Arts Review, Creator’s Project, Designboom.com, etc. It has published in the books, Graphic Design: the Basics, Type on Screen, and Data-Driven Graphic Design, and invited to research papers by Leonardo, EVA London, and IEEE VIS Arts.

Yeohyun Ahn
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

Willhemina Wahlin

Dr Willhemina Wahlin is a Lecturer in Design and the Acting Associate Head of School for Charles Sturt University’s School of Communication and Creative Industries. She is also the Creative Director for the New York-based non-profit organisation, PROOF: Media for Social Justice, which uses visual storytelling for social justice and human rights advocacy.

Willhemina Wahlin
Charles Sturt University (CSU)
Port Macquarie NSW

Colleen Connolly

Colleen Connolly is a graphic designer and current Fulbright Scholar in Taipei, Taiwan. She received a Fulbright Arts Research Grant after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in 2020.

Colleen Connolly
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington DC

Reneé Seward

Reneé is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Communication Design program at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. She is a graduate of the Graphic Design program at the University of Cincinnati in 2002 and received her Master’s from North Carolina State in 2008.

Reneé Seward
University of Cincinnati (DAAP)
Cincinnati

Abigail Sarver-Verhey

Abigail Sarver-Verhey is an exhibition creator whose multidisciplinary work in the museum field includes design, development, and writing for science and history institutions. Whether the exhibit is about gravity, Giganotosaurus, or gingham, she is always passionate about creating dynamic educational experiences that make ideas more accessible and engaging.

Abigail Sarver-Verhey
University of the Arts
Philadelphia

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