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Studio Session: What’s wrong with Individualism?

Power, Privilege, and Ethical Responses: Anti-Racism

Speaker: Rise San Diego, Salina J. Villegas

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

Join the Design Lab for a studio session with Salina J. Villegas as she sheds lights on how our living in an era of hyper-individualism needs to rekindle the bonds of community. Racial attitudes and individualism are interrelated, as being viewed as an individual is a privilege only available to the dominant group. We must acknowledge the harm of this power dynamic and support environments that take advantage of mutual support, collective knowledge, and shared responsibility.

This talk is part of the Power, Privilege, and Ethical Responses: Anti-Racism series comprised of 14 studio sessions where we address the question “How Might We Design From Whiteness to Oneness”.


Salina J. Villegas is a hood scholar raised in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego. For the last ten years, she has advocated for BIPOC communities, serving non-profit, corporate, and educational sectors in their efforts to provide professional development, educational equity, and culture change initiatives. She committed to the genuine inclusion of diverse groups involved in change efforts through deep dialogue, skilled facilitation, and systems thinking. She is the Leadership Program Manager at RISE San Diego where they work to foster urban leadership and engagement with everyday people at a grassroots level. Her role involves heading their Urban Leadership Fellowship and “On The RISE” youth development program, while also co-facilitating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshops for San Diego at-large. She was inducted into the San Diego Unified School District Hall of Fame (2013) and recognized by Senate Leader Toni Atkins as an Emerging Female Leader (2016). She is a RISE Urban Leadership Fellow (2017) and Lideramos Fellow (2019). She earned two Bachelor of Arts, in Rhetoric Studies and American Studies, from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.

Virtual Conference Details

There are limited online spaces for the public.

Please register in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Note: You will enter the Waiting Room between 6:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. and not be allowed into the Zoom meeting until 6:30 P.M. All talks may be recorded and posted online.

Power, Privilege, and Ethical Responses: Anti-Racism
Question: How Might We Design From Whiteness to Oneness

Phase 1: Hiring, Leadership, Culture, Inclusion and Diversity issues

Upcoming Studio Sessions:

  • Studio Session: Designing From Whiteness to Oneness™ – Ymasumac M. Davis, Tues, 8/11/20
  • Studio Session: White Fragility – Dr. Keisha Clark, Thu, 8/13/20
  • Studio Session: What’s Wrong With Individualism? – Rise San Diego, Tue, 8/18/20
  • Studio Session: Designing For Diversity™ – Project Inkblot, Tue, 9/22/20

WHAT IS A STUDIO SESSION? Studio Sessions provide introductions to design skill sets that address the needs of industry, civics, community engagement, and group collaborations. Through a series of workshops and interactive experiences, participants gain hands-on know-how in a variety of design competencies that enhance their skills and provide them with deeper insight into relevant practices. Each session starts with a lead facilitator, who sets an agenda and a topic area. It is then followed by hands-on breakout sessions to deepen discussions and cultivate skills in this area.

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