Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

Encouraging diversity in design education, discourse, and practice to strengthen and expand the relevance of design in all areas of society.

Despite progress made over the course of AIGA’s 100-year history, especially since its landmark 1991 symposium (“Why is graphic design 93% white?”), there are vast opportunities to support a more diverse audience of design students, practitioners, managers, thinkers, enthusiasts, clients, consumers, and policy makers.

Recent passionate conversations among AIGA members have catalyzed the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative to augment ongoing AIGA programs with new ideas and resources that take a comprehensive approach, considering race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and other factors that shape creative perspective and professional experience. Join us to:

  • Celebrate a diverse array of influential designers, including historical figures and contemporary role models.
  • Cultivate greater opportunity, awareness of diversity issues, and inclusive design cultures.
  • Connect with students, emerging designers, and like-minded groups to support a broader range of future practitioners and leaders.

 

We spoke with AIGA members about how personal background and professional experiences shape their outlook on design—and we've found that differing perspectives improve both the design process and its outcomes. The “Perspectives across AIGA” video series was made possible with support from Herman Miller.

There are more ways to get involved:

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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