Design Lead for Diversity and Inclusion

As the director of the UChicago D+I Studio, Maris Garcia facilitates collaborations with partners across campus to create a more inclusive climate, using human-centered design methods.

She is an experienced design researcher and strategist with a history of leading innovation efforts in education and the social sector. Prior to joining the University in February of 2018, Garcia worked at Greater Good Studio and gravitytank, where she guided organizations and foundations through the design process to better understand the people they serve and develop meaningful services, strategies and tools in response.

Garcia previously taught design research methods at the School of the Art Institute Chicago (SAIC) and received a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied architecture and psychology.