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.
Sapna Budev is the Executive Director at the Sign Research Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Sapna Budev works with the Board of Trustees to establish vision and direction for the Foundation.
She establishes and oversees program, financial, and operational goals; guides the creation and implementation of the strategic plan, and represents the Foundation before key constituencies. She works closely with academics at Tier 1 universities to manage the research pipeline and enable academic research.
Leah Scolere is an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Leah Scolere holds a Bachelor of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis and Interior Design, an MA in Interior Design, an MS in Communication, New Media and Society, and a PhD in Communication and Media Studies with a minor in history of architecture and urban development, all from Cornell University.
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Colleen Connolly, recent graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University’s graphic design program, believes that museums can educate and serve more diverse audiences by providing multilingual exhibits, signage, and resources. She was awarded a Fulbright Arts Research Grant to explore bilingual (Chinese/English) signage and exhibitions in Taiwanese museums and tourist sites. Taiwan has declared that it will achieve its goal of being a completely bilingual country by 2030, necessitating nationwide conversations on how providing bilingual design can create more accessible spaces for people of different cultural and language backgrounds.