XQ’s mission is to Rethink high school by preparing students for a real future—one based in critical thinking and equity. As a senior designer, I worked with the design team to create collateral for events, badges for digital courses, and various other works across different platforms and touchpoints. From educators to activists, the content sought to bring the disparate players of the education system together to fight for better schools.
Amidst the pandemic, XQ began an endeavor to provide the graduating high school class of 2020 with a semblance of normalcy.This one-hour primetime special aired everywhere on Saturday, May 16—on more than 40 broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms—paying tribute to high school seniors, their extraordinary teachers, and their families. A huge undertaking, Graduate Together was aired nationally with guest performances and speeches from President Barack Obama, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, and Lebron James, and graduating high school seniors.
You can see more coverage from XQ here and visit the Instagram account, @graduatetogether.
A Calling: The Civil Right of Education
In October 2019, XQ Institute, in collaboration with Emerson Collective, United Negro College Fund, and The Gathering for Justice, convened 500 changemakers spanning five generations for A Calling: The Civil Right of Education. We created a short booklet detailing the themes of the event as well as a data walk to help inspire the activists and provoke conversation.
See more coverage from XQ here and from The Gathering for Justice here.
The second conference of its kind held for public educators, Exchange 2019 gathered over 250 people in Washington D.C. for workshops, talks, and the exchange of experiences in the education sector. Originally designed to take place in New Orleans, the entire team had to pivot in two weeks after a deadly hurricane devasted the area. As part of the design team, I created signage, workbooks, slides, and general swag for the conference. You can view more information here.
Original collages by Charles Scott Wilkin.
educational opportunity audit
XQ’s Educational Opportunity Audit (EOA) provides an in-depth portrait of the academic progress of a school’s entire graduating class over all four years of high school—uncovering eye-opening findings about equity gaps and informing areas for improvement. We designed the workshop materials, including worksheets, slides, and group boards and posters. More here.
XQ originally only used student-submitted content on its Instagram feed. Eventually, we began to transition to original content for educators and students alike. I created original illustrations and photo compositions to broaden our audience.
An IG Live hosted by Nytesia Ross as a way to engage with the XQ community, the IG Live was a collaborative remote production. I worked directly with Nytesia and the design team to coordinate music cues, slides, and video production of the live events. You can view the IG Reel here.