Aligning User Psychology and UX Design (Winter '18)
Applying Signal Detection Theory to Instagram UX - Case Study
Visual Communication (Winter '18)
Comparing & Contrasting Brand Stories on InstagraM - Case study
Leadership Through Story and Communities (Fall '17)
Harnessing Critical Empathy for Neurodiversity Awareness
Content & Social Media Strategy (Fall '17)
The North Face Content Strategy - Case Study
Crisis Communication Strategy (Summer '17)
LoJack Crisis Communication Strategy - Case Study
Disability & Accessibility Advocacy
Embracing difference as strength — I identify as neurodivergent
Growing up I struggled with the “normal” learning methods. From holding a pencil, to buttoning my shirt, to writing out long division, I developed my own problem solving strategies. Peers and teachers misunderstood -- and I found it difficult to convey my experiences to others. I resolved to try my hardest and find my own way. I learned to explore artistic expression, mainly through ceramics and music, and I learned that all humans interpret and communicate information in a wide variety of ways.
In college I co-founded and lead the student Accessibility Advocates (SAA). As SAAs, we evaluated campus accessibility-- from the potential of utilizing (assistive) technology, to embracing alternative learning styles. Through mentoring, workshops, and meetings with the administration, we aimed to engage the community in a dialogue about neurodiversity and accessibility. We encouraged others to share personal narratives and to problem solve collectively.
Today I continue this work at the University of Washington’s Deafness and Disability Cultural Center. We are one of just a handful of student-run university centers in North America dedicated to individuals identifying as deaf, disabled, chronically ill, and neurodivergent. We have a cozy space in Mary Gates Hall (Room 024) where students can rest, study, organize, or just hang out with classmates and community members. Throughout the year, we host events and workshops focusing on social justice, activism, and amplifying voices of marginalized members of our community. Please come visit! and Follow the D Center on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with us!
About Lily Z
Through creative exploration, I synthesize my passions for communication, inclusive design, and advocacy. I'm currently earning an MA in Communication Leadership at the University of Washington. I am a writer, researcher, and multimedia artist & designer drawn to developing innovative solutions for communications challenges. I approach problem-solving from an interdisciplinary perspective informed largely by my undergraduate concentration on the intersections of art and psychology. Three areas of my professional focus are accessibility advocacy, digital media design, and strategic communication.
I'd love to connect! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or ideas!