Our history & mission

several people looking towards a speaker

Our beginnings

UX@UA was founded in August, 2017, when Gianna Biocca from Research, Discovery, and Innovation and Rebecca Blakiston from the University Libraries had a coffee chat about their interest in UX. They appreciated finding a fellow UX-minded colleague, and realized there wasn't an easy way to make these connections.

There is no single UX program, degree, or central office at the UA, and people are doing UX work and studying UX methods across many departments and disciplines. Gianna and Rebecca wanted to create a mechanism for finding these other UXers on campus, building relationships and collaborations, and learning about UX together.

The first couple of UX@UA meetups included watching webinars together and having post-webinar discussions over food and drinks. Since then, we have hosted presentations, workshops, speed networking events, and more.

Our mission

We are a learning community that aims to grow UX expertise at the University of Arizona. We provide a variety of resources including:

  • In-person and online professional development and networking
  • Low-barrier UX tools and techniques

Our aims are for UX enthusiasts of all levels to:

  • Feel empowered and inspired 
  • Develop their skills and toolset
  • Connect with UXers in Tucson and beyond