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Be a part of a supportive community of people you can safely grow with & learn from?
Learn how to craft genuinely inclusive & equitable user experiences?
Become more confident talking about hard subjects and answering questions that don’t have easy or obvious answers?
Gain the language and frameworks needed to better influence and advocate for people in profit-centric conversations?
We offer a 5-week live dynamic course that helps UX professionals deepen their awareness and practices in navigating deeper UX topics with humility, openness and courage so that we can understand how to craft equitable, inclusive experiences, know how to navigate UX topics that don’t have easy or obvious answers and transform the status quo of what it means to be human-centered in our professional & personal lives.
Build a life-changing foundation for becoming more human-centered towards yourself and the people your work impacts.
Come for the Course
You'll have access to a growing online community (on a private, ad-free platform) of growth-oriented professionals, monthly discussion themes, curated resources, new & innovative voices, guest speakers, thought-provoking conversations, professional networking and more!
Stay for the Community
I bring 7+ years of psychology and research experience spanning multiple contexts, cultures, and industries and my work and opinions in this space have been written about in Slate, Fortune, ELLE Magazine, Fast Company, and the Huffington Post.
I’ve always struggled with the jargon and cliches of our industry around being human-centered. Coming from a counseling and human services background, where I tackled issues like shame, empathy, vulnerability and compassion, I recognize that while we can’t control what is happening around us, we can control what’s happening within us and how we proactively work and address deeply human problems to improve the world around us for the better.
My hope for this course and community is to bring together UX professionals who want to move beyond the jargon and cliches of our industry so that we can create an equitable, inclusive and more humanity-centered future.
By joining HmntyCntrd, you become a member of a community that is the future of our field, a community that will create new conversations, opportunities, and practices that will deepen and revolutionize the way human-centered experiences are defined.
Here's to choosing courage over comfort.
meet the Founder of hmntycntrd
she/her | Twitter: @vcastillo630
HmntyCntrd is made possible by a small team of amazing people dedicated to challenging the status quo within UX through intentional, practical & thoughtful support to its members.
Vivianne Castillo, Alba Villamil & Sekai Farai leverage their intersectional expertise across anthropology, counseling, and sociology to create unique tools and training that support all the aspects of your personal and professional development.
A LITTLE ABOUT our facilitators
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"Our industry is facing a long-overdue reckoning—one that demands changes to our values, team norms, and design processes. To do that, we need every UX professional to learn new skills—like facing tough conversations, deepening their cultural awareness, and holding themselves and each other accountable. That’s why I think HmntyCntrd is so crucial right now—and a worthy investment for any team."
Author of Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech
Check out "How HmntyCntrd Can Benefit Your Company" and hear why you should join from leaders who are dedicated to changing design and tech for good!
+ 5 In-Depth Core Modules
+ Personalized small group sessions
+ Curated resources, books, podcasts, and articles to spark your growth & creative ambition
+ Monthly webinars with innovative, boundary-pushing UX & UX-adjacent professionals
+ Programming in the community to continue connecting, sharing, and growing together
+ Lifetime and exclusive access to programming within the HmntyCntrd community
What to expect
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Making the Change Real
“HmntyCntrd is without question what we as creators and designers of the future need: a space to come together to connect and develop ourselves and our creative process in a way that moves us forward toward actualization rather than traps us in a never-ending inertia loop of tech-enabled human suffering. It cannot have come at a more crucial and impactful time.”
Director of Equitable Design & Impact @ Culture Amp
“This initiative is long overdue. For a long time we’ve been talking the talk of being human-centred, but not doing the work and that’s about to change. The team at HmntyCntrd has the experience, resilience, and dedication required to help move the UX industry forward to a place of understanding and thoughtfulness towards others. This is a great opportunity for all of us to learn to be better designers, researchers, and people.”
CEO & Co-Founder @ UXR Collective
"I was slightly nervous to enter the cohort with a not-so-traditional UX background as I have 8+ years of integrating DEI into talent management systems. I finally feel like I found 'my people.' These people being folx who care about integrating ethics, DEI into design principles and practices. Ultimately, I found myself in a community of people who challenge the status quo and who seek to build differently - to build for all. The curriculum, the facilitators, and the design of the session simply reflected that."
Manager, Talent Experience @ Salesforce
“Like most researchers working closely with product development teams, I am deeply committed to listening to people and building tools that improve their lives. But it's not enough, and I aspire to do more to address structural inequality wherever I can. I want to build products that redistribute power. I want to build research teams where everyone belongs. I want to connect with research participants around the world in ways that go beyond the transactional. Wanting isn't the same as doing, and reading about inequity isn't the same as fighting it. I'm excited about HmntyCntrd, because it's a chance to talk, reflect, and engage in a dialogue with a supportive community.”
Director of Research @ Figma
"OMG! I learned so many new ways of thinking about UX work. I'm focusing more on equity and inclusion in all aspects of my research and design work, making sure I'm taking the lived experiences of others into account. I’m so grateful for Alba, Sekai, and Vivianne for giving me the opportunity to see the world in a new way."
Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Center Centre-UIE
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