Reducing Inequity & COVID-19

Reducing Inequity in a World Shaped by COVID-19


COVID has disproportionately affected different communities and has increased inequality. This includes inequality in employment, time, health care, risks, ability to communicate, education, loneliness, and connectivity. How can we reduce the rising inequality brought about by COVID?

Project Goal

Design a product or service to reduce inequities in how COVID-19 has affected communities of color.

Problem Definition & Specifications

Think broadly, and then articulate a specific challenge.  Examples might include: a product or service, education, regulation, publicity, outreach…. Identify specific communities and learn from them what they need;  ideate and prototype solutions and evaluate with the community members  you are trying to help; iterate, refine, and then present a prototype and vision for how your idea will help reduce the unequal impact of COVID-19 on different communities . [We highly recommend that your team includes at least one person with previous experience in human-centered design or that you join to learn about the process]


  • Clear description of person you are trying to help
  • Thorough understanding and new insights into the person’s needs
  • Idea based on needs and new insights
  • Convincing prototype of the experience
  • User feedback incorporated into design
  • Compelling idea that would help someone