Making Policy Public
October 27
A program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)

2016 Collaborators

Independent Living Options for People with Disabilities
Designer: Second Marriage
Advocate: AHRC

Legal Protections for Survivors of Sexual Violence
Designers: Flora Chan + Abby Chen
Advocate: Black Women’s Blueprint (BWB)

Enrolling in High School for New Immigrants
Designer: Njoki Gitahi
Advocate: Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project

Explaining the Fair Chance Act for Formerly Incarcerated Job Seekers
Designer: Lizania Cruz
Advocate: VOCAL-NY


Click here to see the policy briefs

Independent Living Options for People with Disabilities
Legal Protections for Survivors of Sexual Violence
Enrolling in High School for New Immigrants
Explaining the Fair Chance Act for Formerly Incarcerated Job Seekers

Second Marriage

Second Marriage is Erin Rommel’s Brooklyn-based design studio. Second Marriage creates design and illustration for clients in cultural and social sectors around the world and prides itself on offering made-to-measure perspectives and original work that outlasts trends. Erin is originally from Maryland and studied at Loyola University and the Winchester School of Art before starting her design career in London, England. She moved to New York in 2011 and now has nearly ten years of experience as a designer, art director, typographer, and illustrator.


AHRC New York City (AHRC-NYC), founded in 1949, is a family-governed organization committed to helping people with intellectual/developmental disabilities build full, enriching lives. AHRC-NYC partners with the government to eliminate barriers to achieving meaningful life options by developing flexible models and individualized supports. One of the largest consumer-based nonprofit organizations in the city, AHRC-NYC empowers over 15,000 people through a range of services including supportive assisted housing, recreation, customized employment, individualized community-based day recreation programs, inclusive higher-education, healthcare, and advocacy.

Abby Chen

Abby Chen is a graphic designer living and working in New York City. She graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Communication Design. She’s always exploring the possibilities that may emerge when design and journalism come together, ultimately in the pursuit of questioning potential influences design has on society.

Flora Chan

Flora Chan loves words, images, and highfalutin ideas. Her work beyond her day job deals with the matters she cares very much about: feminism, race, linguistics, and of course, the cosmos. She aspires to use design as a tool to understand, appreciate, and illustrate vast and complex issues. 

Black Women’s Blueprint (BWB)

Black Women's Blueprint is a national black feminist organization committed to ending the systemic forms of oppression that keep equity just out of reach. Black Women's Blueprint dedicates itself to creating and facilitating spaces of learning, empathy, and support amongst college students as a vehicle for arresting, reversing, and ending rape culture ideologies on campuses and in the larger community.

Njoki Gitahi

Njoki Gitahi is a graphic designer currently working at IDEO NY. In addition to focusing on impactful visual design through print, web, video, and environments, Njoki works to understand and communicate the latent needs and behaviors that drive individuals, communities, and organizations, and to co-create holistic experiences that enable them to make positive change in the world. 

Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project

Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project (Flanbwayan) has been working for over 10 years to support newcomer immigrant Haitian youth entering high school and integrating into the NYC education system. Flanbwayan advocates for better educational opportunities and organizes literacy circles, radio programs, leadership trainings and cultural activities to guide families as they navigate a new school system. Flanbwayan has built a strong, grassroots community that recognizes the importance of bridging the learning gap at the high school level and protects students’ right to an educational experience that fits their needs. 

Lizania Cruz

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Lizania Cruz is a New York-based designer working in fashion, advocacy, and the arts. She brings a decade of design experience to her current work at the branding studio Language Department. Her clients have included established brands, like Anthropologie, startups, and nonprofits, such as the American Cancer Society. Her work has been recognized by AIGA, the Type Directors Club, and Communication Arts. Lizania recently launched her own jewelry line called Bagavundas.


Voices Of Community Advocates & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) is a statewide grassroots membership organization building power among low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS, the drug war, and mass incarceration to create healthy and just communities. VOCAL-NY accomplishes this through community organizing, leadership development, public education, participatory research, direct services, and direct action.