Stephen Rayfield (he/him, él), Learning and Education Director, joined the Creative Reaction Lab team having previous professional experience as a teacher, a professional learning designer, a trainer and consultant, and a school leader. His education includes a doctorate in Education Policy and Organizational Leadership and a Masters in Education Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with postgraduate study and undergraduate studies from Harvard University and the University of NC at Greensboro. Rayfield currently serves on several boards and charities and has received awards and honors for his work, including the Guy B. Phillips Award for Educational Leadership (UNC), Advanced Education Leadership (Harvard), Teacher of the Year 2015–2016, N.C. Teaching Fellow, Chapel Hill Hometown Hero, Village Pride Award Chapelboro, and Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award (UNCG). His most rewarding professional accomplishment, however, has been to build deep and lasting relationships with partners, communities, and changemakers that last beyond their time together professionally. He believes deeply in the power of connection and relationships.
Creative Reaction Lab (CRXLAB) is changing the way people address systemic oppression, using its innovative, award-winning problem-solving process: Equity-Centered Community Design. Their process centers the people with lived experience as the Living Experts with whom we should co-create to design interventions that are equitable, sustainable, and meet people’s needs. Within this context, practitioners understand that if we are to build equitable interventions, there is significant value in seeking and understanding historical context and the need for healing practices, along with acknowledging and dismantling power constructs throughout a design process.