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Critical ux:
Critique as a signal of hope

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Begin the journey of transforming the status quo of what it means to be human-centered in our work, our industry and our personal lives through this dynamic, one-of-a-kind course.

Self-Paced Humanity-Centered Masterclass

Have the ability to join 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?

We serve professionals who are disillusioned with the status quo in the UX Industry and who want to help it live up to its ideals of empathy and inclusion. Do you want to:

Our Purpose

Gain the language and frameworks needed to better influence and advocate for people in profit-centric conversations?

We offer a dynamic self-paced course made up of 5 modules & 26 sub-lessons to help UX and Tech professionals deepen their awareness and practices in navigating deeper UX topics with humility, openness and courage so that they 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 their professional & personal lives. 

The Humanity-Centered Masterclass


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 the option to join the HmntyCntrd community at the completion of your course materials! This would provide you 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

"To call Vivianne Castillo a mere 'user experience researcher' is to miss the power of her world view."

Ellen McGirt

Senior Editor @ Fortune,
Co-Chair of The CEO Initiative

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. 

And should you decided to join the HmntyCntrd community, you'll become a member of a movement 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.

I'm Vivianne Castillo!

meet the Founder of hmntycntrd™

she/her | Twitter: @vcastillo630

The Humanity-Centered Masterclass 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 counseling, sociology, and anthropology to create unique tools and training that support all the aspects of your personal and professional development.

our approach to
uX is holistic

A LITTLE ABOUT our facilitators

Alba Villamil (she/her)

Alba N. Villamil is an independent User Experience Researcher who specializes in designing for the social sector. Her projects focus on underserved populations such as refugees, low-income parents, and formerly incarcerated youth. In addition to working with community organizations, she has also worked on projects with the Harvard Kennedy School and Rochester City School District.

sekai farai (SHE/HER)

Twitter: @sekaifarai

Sekai Farai is a User and Design Researcher, Resilience Worker, and Anthropologist with 10+ years of experience leading research for product and design. Her research insights have straightened out wayward roadmaps for companies like Microsoft, Google, Uber and Airbnb. Sekai's growing research venture is on a mission to include everyone in designing a world that meets their needs. And she means everyone.

Our core principles lie in creating a better future for ourselves and our industry.

Before we begin the work of transforming the status quo of what it means for UX professionals to be human-centered in our work, our industry, and our personal lives, we must first cover skills and practices that will help engage in deeper conversations, new opportunities, and new growth.

Facilitator: Vivianne

Community Core Principles

Module 1

Cultural humility is rooted in a deep awareness and respect toward individuals of other cultures. But to do this, we face the challenges of our own cultural biases and prejudices, as well as the fact that we cannot possibly know everything about other cultures.

What we can do, though, is approach learning about the experiences as a lifelong goal and process that helps us grow personally and professionally. We’ll cover topics like emotional resistance (e.g. anxiety, defensiveness, anger, guilt, remorse, etc) how to handle emotional responses to self-revelations and accountability, the impact shame and guilt on our growth journeys, and more.

Facilitator: Vivianne


Module 2

Most researchers rely on their empathic abilities in their day-to-day work but the presumption that we’re all equally capable of developing and applying empathy in a meaningful way is a challenge worthy of an overdue conversation. Together we'll learn how to make our empathic abilities observable and readable within our organizations and for our users. If you're ready to discover the methodological approach that can undergird your research when empathy is unavailable, let's dive in and move in a new direction: forward.

Facilitator: Sekai

The (Mis)Application of Empathy

Module 3

As the design industry has evolved, so have our ethical challenges. How do we ensure that our tools and processes don’t expose users to more harm than good? How do we balance stakeholder needs with our desire to produce more inclusive, equitable designs? How do we hold ourselves accountable for past and current work? We’ll explore resources you can use to develop your own professional ethical stance and navigate these challenges.

We’ll cover the tools and resources you need to develop your own professional ethical stance with context and systems in mind.

Facilitator: Alba

The New Challenges of Ethical Research & Design

Module 4

Take in all the misconceptions people have of what you do, add the stressful process of conducting quality research within a given timeframe and budget, combine that with the struggle for power and influence within our teams and between stakeholders, sprinkle in your personal problems and professional insecurities, and add the difficulties of burnout, self-care, and compassion fatigue.

Bring all this together, and you’ll realize how many struggles and roadblocks UX professionals face on the path to creating effective, human-centered solutions. Let’s learn how to overcome them.

Facilitator: Vivianne

The Unspoken Hardships of the UX Professional

Module 5

YAS! let's do it!


What's Inside The Course

We've worked with professionals from
these companies (and more!)

Sara Wachter-Boettcher

"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

Need Help Convincing Your Employer?

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 Course Modules
26 Sub-Lessons
Access to Frameworks, Video Recordings, & Guides

The option to join the HmntyCntrd Community

And More!

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What to expect

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Not Sure If it's right for you?

Responsibility to Personal Growth

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

alec levin

“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

Cristen Torrey

“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

Jared spool

"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 HmntyCntrd for giving me the opportunity to see the world in a new way."

Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Center Centre-UIE

A: Sure! If extending empathy is a part of your job or you're curious about how to help others in more intentional, thoughtful ways, then feel free to join! This course and community is specifically tailored towards UX (and CX) professionals, so think of it as a human-centered bootcamp.

Q: I'm not a UX professional or student; is this still for me?


A: Nope! Think of the online course as part of the onboarding into the community. Before we begin the work of transforming the status quo of what it means for UX professionals to be human-centered in our work, our industry, and our personal lives, we must first cover skills and practices that will help engage in deeper conversations, new opportunities, and new growth.

Q: Can I just join the community without doing the course? 


A: Those who want to get the most out of the course should expect to spend ~ 1.5 hours a week over the course of 5 weeks. 

~1 hour: watching a module and their sub-lessons each week

~1 hour: Engaging in the coursework and challenges provided to you at the end of each module

Q: My time is limited. When are the modules presented and how much time will I need to set aside each week for the content? 


A: Don't worry, we have your back! We offer a 7-day refund policy after you purchase your course.

We want to make sure that you're able to fully invest in yourself, so if after 7 days from your purchase you feel like this isn't a fit for you at this time, we will give you a full refund!

If you still have questions, please feel free to email us at and we'll get back to you within 1-2 business days!

Q: I think I’m in! But what if I join and then realize this isn't for me? 


We got answers!

Still Have Questions?


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let's Ch00se courage over comfort — together.

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