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From the Classroom to the Community: Translating Academics to Impact In/With/For St. Louis

Wednesday, April 5, 2023 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Weil Hall, Kuehner Court, 2nd Floor

The Health Communication Design Studio (HCDS) invites you to attend “From the Classroom to the Community: Translating Academics to Impact In/With/For St. Louis,” a discussion panel focusing on socially-engaged research. The discussion aims to help attendees think about how they can bridge academic interests with local social impact efforts.

The featured panelists are:
- Penina Acayo Laker, Assistant Professor of Communication Design & HCDS Director (Panel Moderator)
- John Early, Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Academic Advising Coordinator of Sam Fox
- Theresa Gildner, Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology
- Matthew Kreuter, Kahn Family Professor of Public Health
- Seanna Leath, Assistant Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences
- Alvitta Ottley, Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
- Jake Rosenfeld, Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology

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Event Type

Seminar/Colloquia, Research


Brown School, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts


Arts & Culture, Humanities & Society, Medicine & Health, Campus & Community





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Speaker Information

The Health Communication Design Studio (HCDS) at Washington University in St. Louis aims to address the disproportionate effects of health disparities in underserved minority populations in St. Louis through the creation of effective, audience-led strategic design solutions. To achieve this, the studio works closely with community members and University partners such as the Health Communication Research Lab (HCRL) to investigate health challenges, develop appropriate communication design responses and evaluate their effectiveness. 

In 2022, two HCDS projects were recipients of the annual GDUSA Health+Wellness Design Awards recognizing excellence in graphic design work that contributes to overall health, wellbeing, and safety during the time of Covid-19. The award-winning studio brings together a skilled team of faculty, staff, and students with experience in co-creation approaches, research methodologies, community-engaged practice, graphic design, illustration and UX/UI design. 

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