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BIO

Jen White-Johnson is a Designer, Photographer, Art Activist, and Art Educator. Currently, she teaches as an Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design and Visual Culture at Bowie State University. Her work focuses on the intersection of content and caregiving with an emphasis on redesigning ableist visual culture. When her son was diagnosed as Autistic at age 2 she began to examine the absence of black disabled children in digital and literary media, this motivated the release of an advocacy photo zine entitled "KnoxRoxs" dedicated to her autistic son, as a way to give visibility to children of color in the black autistic community. Since its release, the zine has received national and international recognition, including features in AfroPunk, The 2019 Women’s March on Washington, and is permanently archived in Libraries at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Jen has also found strength in her own disabilities having been diagnosed with Graves’ disease at age 20. She believes true design allyship can only come from designing with the Disability community and her recent work has been instrumental in reigniting much needed dialogue about Disability Justice within the Black Disabled Community helping to shift stigmas while aiming to eradicate racist and ableist media. Jen was Born in Washington DC and currently resides in Baltimore, MD, She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art

Jen is currently available for speaking engagements and leading workshops that incorporate the following topics: 

Art & Design Activism
Neurodiversity, Disability, & Self Advocacy
Joy as an Act of Resistance
Mothering & Caregiving Communities