Kaylla Cantilina

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Kaylla is a Ph.D. student in Design Science at the University of Michigan where her work is motivated by design as a means for social justice. Her research explores the ways that students and practitioners seek to achieve equity in their design practices and outcomes, as well as the barriers or challenges they face that result in inequities. Through her research, she aims to develop tools and pedagogy to support design students, educators, and practitioners in conceptualizing and addressing equity. She earned B.A.s in industrial design and political science, and an M.S. in design science from the University of Michigan. She is also an experience design consultant for a diverse set of industries and is currently the the prototyping lab manager at the Center for Socially Engaged Design.