My name is Ellie Bazurto and I am a design researcher and social innovation strategist.
Originally from Northern California, I received a degree in Industrial and Interaction Design from Syracuse University. During my time on the East Coast, I was selected as an Access&_Design Fellow for emerging designers of color to learn equitable design and as an Impact Wrkshp Fellow using participatory design for its annual social impact project.
Most recently, I graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a Masters in Social Design having explored the value of design in advancing equity and social change.
In my free time, you can find me volunteering at a local urban farm, experimenting with speculative ways to care for my plants ︎︎︎, hosting dinner parties , soaking up any sunshine I can get, and attempting to tackle the ever-growing pile of books on my bedside table.
Influenced by the Human-Centered Design framework, I work through an iterative process combining Co-Design, Systems Thinking, and DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) to generate opportunities for social innovation.
Research x Strategy x Multidisciplinary Creative Experimentation