Teaching cultural awareness with typography

Session 4

Friday, 1 October 2021

6:30 PM CST – 7:00 PM CST



  • English
It is a sad truth of our society that certain forms of language speak louder than others, such that certain voices remain inaudible no matter how important their words may be. The book Dreaming America: Voices of Undocumented Youth in Maximum-Security Detention seeks to remedy this injustice by sharing, in Spanish and English, the words of unaccompanied children held in maximum-security detention by the US Office of Refugee Resettlement. The goal of this project was to show students that their designs can remind people of the unjust reality of our current immigration laws and raise awareness. There is an extraordinary number of high-profile issues in the news that directly relate to immigration, racism and social justice. Graphic design can leave a mark, reminding us to listen to the voices that deserve our attention, even when barriers both social and physical make them difficult to hear. Students created typographic visual interpretation of the poems and the pieces were included in a small edition collaborative artist book. During this session, I would like to present the outcome of this project, how it impacted students, the potential outreach created in our community.
  • Melanie Uribe

    United States

    Melanie Uribe is a freelance Creative Director with an active client list and currently working in brand merchandise and game development for the MLB, NBA and Barcelona FC. She is also Assistant Professor at Southern Connecticut State University, where her research focuses on exploring the notion of exhibition space as a medium that facilitates effective communication, information flow, and the sharing of narratives that are both personal and universal about the complicated experiences of immigrants; voluntary or involuntary.

    In her personal practice, Melanie works at the intersection of graphic design, printmaking and book arts. She is excited to share her expertise with the creative community and help prepare students to be design leaders and active citizens in an increasingly diverse society.

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