Racism Untaught

Racism Untaught is focused on cultivating learning environments for people to further explore issues of race and racism, from the obvious to the invisible.

Racism Untaught is a toolkit that uses the design research process to assists participants in identifying racialized design and critically assess anti-racist design approaches. Developed by Lisa Mercer and Terresa Moses, this toolkit is meant for educators, students, and organizations interested in uncovering design that perpetuates elements of racism and creating artifacts, systems, and/or experiences that help solve elements of racism.


Racism Untaught was originally developed due to an identified gap and opportunity for educators to foster conversations and learning environments focused on diversity, inclusion, and equity to ensure new ideas, critical thinking, and diverse forms of making.

We have iteratively improved upon the toolkit through working with our industry partners including Target, Spotify, PayPal, and Apple, and our academic partners including the University of Minnesota, University of Illinois, Parsons School of Design, Louisiana State University, and Auburn University.