We teach the methods of Equity-Centered Design to transform the way teams communicate, innovate, serve, and lead.

Our Approach

Our methods are grounded in Human-Centered Design, a problem solving process that has roots in the design field. It’s a tool that has long helped people understand and solve complex problems, keeping people at the center. When embedded with equity principles, we believe it’s capable of community transformation.

We teach the methods of Equity-Centered Design to transform the way teams communicate, innovate, serve, and lead.

Our Approach

Our methods are grounded in Human-Centered Design, a problem solving process that has roots in the design field. It’s a tool that has long helped people understand and solve complex problems, keeping people at the center. When embedded with equity principles, we believe it’s capable of community transformation.

Our Team

Trudy

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Trudy Ngo-Brown joined WMCAT in 2015 as director of arts + tech before becoming director of Public Agency in 2021. Trudy’s career has centered on creating access to quality learning experiences with roles as a classroom teacher, teacher educator, consultant, and nonprofit leader. She is a coach with Stanford University’s d.school, where she facilitates design thinking projects with corporate and public sector partners. Trudy is a 2017 alumnus of the National Equity Project’s REAL (Racial Equity in Action Leadership) cohort and in the same year was recognized in the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. Prior to WMCAT, she worked at Kent Intermediate School District in the areas of career and workforce readiness and English language learner education. She has also taught at Kentwood Public Schools, at Chicago Public Schools, and in Japan. Trudy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas and her Master of Education in Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois in Chicago. 

Kiara

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Kiara Conway joined WMCAT in 2022 as Design Associate for Public Agency at WMCAT. Kiara is an educator and servant leader who has over 8 years experience in mentoring, coaching, and advising in higher education. Prior to WMCAT, Kiara has worked as an academic advisor at Cornerstone University and Grand Valley State University as well as a success coach at Grand Rapids Community College. Kiara earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Master of Education in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University.

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