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Chair of Ryerson’s SID elected as Regional Chair of IDEC

Published by Julia Salerno, December 17, 2010.

Annick Mitchell, Chair of Ryerson's School of Interior Design (SID), was recently elected as East Chair of IDEC (Interior Design Educators Council). Following a request made by a Boston colleague, Mitchell ran on the official slate and from there she was elected by fellow IDEC Regional members. Her official term begins in March, taking over for Rachel Pike, at the Annual Business Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

Mitchell is interested in the Educators Council at a regional level because while she feels geographically there is a bond, East Region educators have common experiences in large urban centers, teaching students from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds.

"When one works and lives in this urban context, ethnicity and social factors become invisible. However, when one attends the large international conferences, one realizes how pervasive that urban context really is and how it informs the way we teach and think about design."

Mitchell's responsibilities include facilitating conferences and the peer review process of conference papers among the various IDEC regions. She will represent the interests of the member schools in the region, working closely with the IDEC Board of Directors and the Regional Director. Her role also entails engaging the member schools and faculty to share common concerns and interests in the education of future interior designers.

In her role, Mitchell will ask the important questions, like who is not at the table, and why? She will focus on networking and developing the links across the border to explore opportunities for students among all of the East Region schools.

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