Dr. Audra Buck-Coleman is a designer, educator, author, and facilitator. She directs, curates, and collaborates on social design projects with underrepresented communities. She holds an MFA in two-dimensional design from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a Bachelors of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a doctorate in sociology with an emphasis on social psychology and social mobility and inequality from UMD. Buck-Coleman has written, art directed, curated, designed, authored, and directed dozens of design projects, including Sticks + Stones, an international multi-university collaborative graphic design project that investigates how words and images perpetuate oppression, prejudice and discrimination and how design can disrupt these cultural systems. Her research focuses the intersection of social design, assessment, community building and empowering underrepresented populations. These resulting design projects have received national and international recognition from Core77, Design Incubation and AIGA, among others. She is a former associate professor and inaugural design program director at the University of Maryland, College Park.