Mason School of Art | Space Talk: Diversity in Design with Kelly Walters and Ramon Tejada
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Space Talk: Diversity in Design with Kelly Walters and Ramon Tejada

Space Talk: Diversity in Design with Kelly Walters and Ramon Tejada

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We are happy to announce our second Space Talk event for the fall 22 semester. Please join the George Mason School of Art and Design on Tuesday, October 11 at 7:30pm EST for Space Talk: Diversity in Design with Kelly Walters and Ramon Tejada.

This is the second of three virtual events during the fall semester where students will lead discussions with design professionals in an open forum on inclusion, equity, and diversity in the classroom, the workplace, and our communities.

If you have any questions please email Alan Caballero LaZare at:

Student panelists: Natalie Amoateng, Aby Kumi, Zainab Samsudeen, Kierra Khan
Facilitated by Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Alan Caballero LaZare

Poster designed by: Aby Kumi
Miro Board designed by: Kierra Khan


Kelly Walters is a designer, educator and founder of the multidisciplinary design studio Bright Polka Dot. She has previously worked for SFMOMA, the RISD Museum, Alexander Isley, Inc. Designers and Blue State. In her ongoing design research, she interrogates the complexities of identity formation, systems of value in and around Black visual culture. Kelly is the author of Black, Brown + Latinx Design Educators: Conversations on Design and Race (2021) and the co-editor and Creative Director of The Black Experience in Design (2022). She is currently an Assistant Professor of Communication Design in Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York.



Ramon Tejada (EDR) is a designer and educator based in Providence, RI, Los Angeles and Palm Springs, CA.* He works in a hybrid design/teaching practice focusing on collaboration, inclusion, unearthing, and the responsible expansion of design, a practice he has named “puncturing.” Ramon is an Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design Department at RISD.

Ramon has taught in the graduate MFA Communication Design program at Pratt Institute and at the undergraduate level at Parsons/The New School, CUNY–Queens College and in the MA program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). He has been a guest artist and/or visiting faculty in the MFA in Graphic Design at Otis College of Art & Design, Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) and Emily Carr University. He received an MFA in Performance Arts from Bennington College and an MFA in Graphic Design from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

He has spoken and/or led workshops at theDesign Campus/ Kunstgewerbemuseum in Dresden, Germany, Pratt Institute, The New School/ Parsons, Mass/Art, RCA, CCA, CalArts, Otis, Cranbrook, Emily Carr U., London College of Communication, KASK, Ghent, Belgium, OCAD U., SF Design Week, among others. He has collaborated with Silas Munro on a series of workshops titled “Throwing the Bauhaus Under the Bus,” and with Polymode as curator and lead on the BIPOC Design History: Incomplete Latinx Stories of Diseño Gráfico.

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