Your journey towards being more human-centered starts here.
The live cohort Humanity-Centered Masterclass® is a dynamic, one-of-a-kind course designed to help you build the life-changing foundation necessary to be more human-centered — for you and the people your work impacts.
Ps. It's one of the main reasons FastCompany named us one of the top 10 most innovative design companies of 2021💙
If you want to:
Challenge your relationship with work so that it can be healthier
Become more confident talking about difficult subjects and answering questions that don’t have easy answers
Learn how to craft genuinely inclusive and equitable user experiences
Be part of a supportive community of people you can safely grow with and learn from
The Humanity-Centered Masterclass®
Early bird sign ups get immediate access to the HmntyCntrd Community and all its events!
When: Sundays from 1pm-3pm ET
Cohort Kickoff Date: Friday Sept 8th
Live Cohort Dates: Sept 10th, Sept 17th, Sept 24th, Oct 1st, Oct 8th
Come For The Course
We offer a 5-week live dynamic course that helps professionals in UX & Tech deepen their awareness and practices in navigating deeper human-centered topics with humility, openness and courage so that we can understand how to craft equitable, inclusive experiences, know how to navigate 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.
Stay For The Community
Be a part of 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!
Early bird sign ups get immediate access to the HmntyCntrd Community and all its events!
I'm Vivianne Castillo!
I bring 10+ 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.
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.
My hope for this experience is to bring together UX and Tech 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.
Our Approach To UX Is Holistic
Vivianne Castillo, Alba Villamil, Behzod Sirjani, & Lauren Celenza leverage their multidisciplinary expertise across counseling, sociology, UX, and innovation consulting to create unique tools and training that support all aspects of your personal and professional development.
Vivianne Castillo is the Founder of HmntyCntrd and brings 8+ years of psychology and research experience spanning multiple contexts, cultures, and industries and her work and opinions have been written about in Slate, Fortune, Huffington Post, Fast Company, ELLE Magazine. She has a strong track record influencing executives, educating others on trauma-informed care, & empowering others to challenge the status quo at Fortune 500 companies. She credits her previous experience as a human services professional, her multi-cultural upbringing, and her love for cognitive behavioral psychology as major influences on her approach to entrepreneurship, organizational design, and innovation.
Alba is one of our Facilitators and spearheads research initiatives that help us better serve the community. She 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.
Lauren is one of our Guest Facilitators and is a designer, writer, and educator. Her essays and commentaries on design, tech, and the workplace have appeared in Forbes, Fortune, and In These Times, among others. She’s the author of Tech Without Losing Your Soul, a newsletter examining the societal dilemmas facing tech workers today. She’s an adjunct design professor at Harbour.Space University in Barcelona, a new school for emerging tech makers. Formerly, Lauren served as a Design Lead at Google Maps and the World Resources Institute, leading global projects on inclusive mapping and land restoration. Her work generally involves researching and designing new technology and industry practices that demonstrate an ethic of care for our environments, our communities, and ourselves.
Behzod is one of our Facilitators and is an independent researcher and consultant who helps people bring rigor to their curiosity. He currently runs Yet Another Studio, where he works with organizations to develop intentional, responsible, and sustainable practices of learning.
What's Inside The Course
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 us engage in deeper conversations, new opportunities, and new growth.
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 has on our growth journeys, and more.
UX professionals commonly engage with the topic of "enough,” whether it’s self-oriented as in “Am I having good enough?” or project-oriented as in “Will this have enough impact?” These questions can be worth engaging in because we should be reflective and critical of ourselves and our practice. However they can be problematic when they are driven by fear and a scarcity mindset. In this module, we acknowledge the impact that fear and a scarcity mindset can have on us and our practices and identify ways that we can overcome these feelings to adopt an abundance mindset. We will discuss ways that an abundance mindset enables you, your team, and your organization to be more human-centered, and share strategies for cultivating this mindset in your own practice.
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 with context and systems in mind.
Advancements in technology and AI can generate new information, access, and efficiency in our lives, but what happens when they create fear, anxiety, and harm? Fear can emerge when technology pressures us, overwhelms us, misleads us, and more. How does identity and privilege play a role in the way fear emerges when engaging with technology? What does it take to redesign products and services in compassionate ways? In this module, we’ll unpack eight scenarios of fear that challenge a healthy relationship to technology and AI. We'll cover the strategies and tools you need to enable you, your team, and your organization to create more trauma-informed, transparent, and compassionate digital experiences.
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