Denise Shanté Brown
 
 

Offering a strategic
and holistic approach to actualize health equity + justice.

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3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ME AND MY DESIGN PRACTICE

 

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I’m genuinely interested in engaging the whole person and designing effective strategies and frameworks that develop the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing of communities.
I recognize that we are multidimensional people with a unique set of needs, concerns, motivations, and aspirations and that our relationships and environments make an impact on our lived experiences.

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I ground my practice in compassion, truth-telling and acceptance and enjoy uncovering ways these core values continue to inform design’s role as a transformative tool for healing. I believe that design is an experience that can awaken creativity, disrupt intersecting systems of oppression, and reimagine a future that brings
joy to the present moment.

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I activate both systematic and intuitive abilities and have found the combination to be both a personal and professional asset. Valued as one of my unique gifts and superpowers, it allows me to focus on the possibilities, not just the problems, and tap into sensibilities that build connection with others and meet the unique needs of the people who are directly impacted by the design process.

 

In my practice, I also strive to work in alignment with the principles of Design Justice Network.

 
 
 

As a holistic design strategist, I SPECIALIZE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:


Experience Design for workshops, retreats, orientations and gatherings

Listening Session Models & Community Action Guides

Creative Dialogue & Facilitation

Design Research, Data Analysis & Storytelling

Values-Based Manifestos & Principles

 

I ENGAGE COMMUNITIES THROUGH INTERACTIVE SESSIONS ON THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:


Compassionate and anti-oppressive practices in mental health

Recognizing and responding to depression among
Black women and Black families

Mindfulness in social and cultural practice

Design as a transformative tool for healing and justice

Personal strategies for radical self-compassion and self-care

 

*All co-design and collaborative work is community-centered and will be personalized to meet the unique needs of those who are directly impacted by the design process and problem.

*Rates will be negotiated based on the type of organization as well as the scale of work needed.

 
 
 

PRACTICE + COMMUNITY BASED WORK

Project topic issues include:

Reducing Underage Drinking, Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore + Oliver Youth
Creating Smoke-free Homes Healthiair Intervention, Baltimore City Health Department
Building Graduate Connections, MICA Grad Orientation 2017
Discovering Goals + Visions, MA Social Design Program
Amplifying Our Creative Power for Community Transformation, USDAC Decatur Imagining
Mindful Social Practice, MA Social Design Program
 

 

TESTIMONIALS + PRAISE

It has been my distinct pleasure to work with Denise over the past year in the development and implementation of the HealthiAir program. Her insights and creativity in approaching social challenges were exciting to witness, but it was her focus and dedication to the humanity of her work that was truly inspiring. At every stage she ensured that our top priority was always respect and tangible support for the people that we endeavored to serve, and she never accepted less from any collaborators or students. That level of integrity is a rarity, even in public health, but Denise never wavered in these ideals.
— CASEY, BALTIMORE CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Baltimore Collegetown partnered with Denise to review and update the reflection journal used during our immersive, engagement program, Collegetown Underground. Reflection is a critical component of the experience for 30 college students who spend four days learning about and exploring Baltimore’s neighborhoods. Denise carefully reviewed previous versions of the journal, added thoughtful questions meant to inspire students, and suggested additional opportunities for group reflection beyond a personal journal. It was clear Denise put herself in the mind of a student and from a place of empathy offered useful feedback.
— KIRSTEN, BALTIMORE COLLEGETOWN
Denise exhibits not only talent and creativity, but also extraordinary self-motivation, enthusiasm and determination for her work. Her capability and dedication are outstanding, her interest and sincerity inspiring. Carefully navigating the attenuated line between public and private, intimate and environment, her work re-frames our experience with the everyday in essential yet unexpected ways, restructuring places, objects and relationships that are marginalized or taken for granted, leaving us with the gift of the unconcealed. Denise’s quiet energy, conscientious practice, dedication and constant inquiry are critical and supportive, and contribute to the development of new methods for study and work without condescension.
— thomas, mica center for social design

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