Room 42 is where practitioners and academics meet to share knowledge about breaking research. In this episode, a panel from Michigan State explains how communicators can engage in trauma-informed design.

Season 1, Episode 13 | 52 min
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Ben Lauren is a songwriter, scholar, and Associate Professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. Most recently his work has focused on institutional and social change. His first book Communicating Project Management was published by Routledge’s ATTW series. 

Stuart Blythe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. He teaches a range of courses in the undergraduate program in professional and public writing as well as the graduate program in rhetoric and writing.

Shannon Kelly is a doctoral student at Michigan State University in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. Most recently, her work is focused on institutional change with trauma-informed methods and relationality. As a former assistant writing-program-director, she is also excited about curriculum design and the role of mentorship in how learners learn to teach.

Kaitlyn Nguyen is an undergraduate studying Experience Architecture at Michigan State University. Kaitlyn works as a Design Researcher for the MSU Essential Needs portal and a User Interface/User Experience Intern for the MSU Content Studio. She is currently researching how design impacts user interaction and response to products.

When professional and technical writing scholars join together with scholars from user experience design, they develop projects like the SEEN (Supporting Equity in Essential Needs) project at Michigan State University. SEEN is an institutional and organizational change project designed to improve the university's responsiveness to students’ essential needs. 

Join this interdisciplinary group of academics from MSU -- Ben Lauren, Stuart Blythe, Shannon Kelly, and Kaitlyn Nguyen --  who have developed trauma-informed approaches to research and design practice. Learn how practitioners in the field can benefit from working within trauma-informed frameworks.

Hosts & Guests

Ben Lauren

Stuart Blythe

Shannon Kelly

Kaitlyn Nguyen

Janice Summers

Liz Fraley

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Key concepts: collaboration, research, usability and user experience