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Amma Marfo

Speaker and Facilitator
SPEAK Educators
Amma Marfo is a thoughtful yet incurably silly independent higher education professional, writer, and editor based in Boston, MA.
She is a dynamic and sought-after speaker on topics such as leadership, group dynamics, creativity, and incorporating your values into your work and larger goals. She speaks on college and university campuses across the country, at regional and national conferences, and has partnered with organizations like HubSpot, Wayfair, Pfizer, and General Assembly.

Amma Marfo’s Session

8:15 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Pacific Time —

A Design Thinking and Creativity Inspired Framework to Promote Justice & Equity at Your Institution

Most conversations about diversity, social justice, and inclusion work surround adopting best practices and replicating strategies that have worked elsewhere. We discuss little about how these strategies fit our populations and what adaptations we need for our game plans to feel "at home" at our institutions. 

Using the design thinking model and a creativity framework developed by Amma, participants will have a greater understanding of what institutional knowledge, creative thinking, and a commitment to exploration can do to promote justice and equity on campus. They will get to test these strategies with real issues within their organization.

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Develop a greater understanding of the concepts of equity, justice, and cultural humility - and why they serve us better than "Smaller" ideas of diversity and inclusion
  • Cultivate confidence in applying principles of creativity to infusing their areas of influence with equity and justice
  • Find new resources for ensuring their work meets standards of equity and justice
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