Diversity and Inclusion events

With the help of chapters across the country, the AIGA community is activating our Diversity and Inclusion goals—to encourage diversity in design education, discourse, and practice to strengthen and expand the relevance of design in all areas of society—locally as well as nationally.

Upcoming events

April 6 and April 8
AIGA Nashville
Carlos Estrada: Loteria de diseno ‘Design Lottery’
AIGA Nashville is proud to partner with the LGBT+ College Conference hosted by Middle Tennessee State University for the 2017 LGBT+ College Conference, All Identities—Removing Obstacles to Inclusion, will explore how various aspects of our identity, such as race, gender identity or expression, occupation, religion, sexuality, social class, ethnicity, culture, etc., impact our experience of the world. These identifiers present unique challenges for creating a cohesive society in which everyone is heard, respected, nurtured, and included.

Past events

February 23
AIGA Nebraska
Carlos Estrada: Loteria de diseno ‘Design Lottery’
Design, diversity, and a peek at inner workings of the innovative furniture company, Herman Miller, delivered with great insight and dash of humor? Yes, please! Creative professionals, students and my fellow aficionados of culture, social justice, aesthetic & functionality came away from this talk with a fresh perspective.

February 23
AIGA Arizona
An Evening with Letterpress Printer, Amos Kennedy
At the age of 40, Amos Kennedy traded his comfortable, middle-class life for a pair of overalls and his one true love—a printing press. His story is featured in the documentary Proceed and Be Bold, and now you can meet Amos during his weeklong residency at the University of Arizona School of Art for an informal evening of food, conversation, and printing demonstrations. Co-sponsored by The University of Arizona School of Art, The University of Arizona Poetry Center, and The Africana Studies Department at The University of Arizona.

February 23
AIGA Chicago
Design for Good: Exploring Diversity
In partnership with the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League, AIGA Chicago celebrated Black History Month with a panel discussion featuring local Black creatives. We heard about the panelists’ creative processes, work, challenges, and successes, with a focus on how their creative projects connect with their Black heritage.

February 18 and 19
Color Coded: Design Your Power
AIGA DC, in partnership with Vox Media, led workshops that combined design and CSS, a language that describes how elements should be rendered on screen, on paper, in speech, or on other media.

February 16
AIGA Arkansas
Grounds for Discussion: Diversity and Inclusion
Aricka Lewis joined us to talk about about Diversity & Inclusion issues affecting Northwest Arkansas and how design can be used to facilitate more diversity here. This is the beginning of AIGA’s ongoing effort to address the issue of diversity and inclusion in design in Northwest Arkansas, through discourse with regional design practitioners, educators, and the public.

November 7, 2016
AIGA Chicago
Design for Good: Exploring Diversity
Gather to discover how the Chicago design community experiences diversity. We’ll hear personal stories from local designers that illuminate their challenges and triumphs before engaging in dynamic discussion around what more can be done to promote and celebrate diversity in the workplace. We hope this conversation will foster greater understanding and compassion within the city’s design community.

November 2, 2016
AIGA Raleigh
Community meeting: Diversity and Inclusion
This month we will discuss AIGA's Diversity & Inclusion Initiative with special guest, Jacinda Walker, Chairwoman of the Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce with the National AIGA Organization. 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 policymakers.

September 30, 2016
AIGA, D&I Task Force
College to Professional Walk
Feeling isolated? Need to know how to expand your network? Concerned about your next steps? College Juniors, Seniors and young professionals come to this workshop to hear how to ‘manage your professional walk.’ Listen to stories from our panel of professionals about their professional walk and gather skills to empower yourself during this journey.

September 28, 2016
AIGA Philadelphia
Design of Equality
A lecture by the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, Emory Douglas, with an opening presentation by LGBT activist and designer, Prof. Kelly Holohan.

September 27, 2016
AIGA Washington D.C.
Designing Racial Equity
On the heels of AIGA’s first national Town Hall “Racial Justice by Design,” we invite you to continue the discussion on how we can work together to facilitate, create, inspire, and promote social justice within our local community. AIGA believes that creative professionals have a role to play in shaping and refining strategies for reducing racial and ethnic biases in society. Can we design better decision-making processes? Can we account for unconscious bias? People talk about equality, but what about equity? These are the questions we have to ask, and it's those conversations that can serve as an impetus for change.

July 26, 2016
AIGA, collaborative
Racial Justice by Design
AIGA is starting a cross-chapter dialogue on race, justice, and design. Designers have the capacity to enhance understanding and empathy, help communicate and troubleshoot problems in a human-centered way, and can be adaptive in prototyping solutions to today's challenges. These are powerful ideas that we’d love to unpack more as a community.

July 23, 2016
AIGA St. Louis
Design + Diversity Conference
AIGA St. Louis Design + Diversity Conference is the only conference the focuses on design and diversity issues. Be there as the design and diversity community comes together for problem solving, networking, and innovative development sessions.

May 4, 2016
AIGA Washington, D.C.
Inspire and Discuss
Discuss & Inspire is an informal session that aims to inspire creativity and foster open discussion on a broad range of topics, starting with the elephant in the room - diversity and its lack in the creative community.

April 28, 2016
AIGA Philadelphia
Through a Prism: Why Diversity Matters in Design and Tech
Join AIGA Philadelphia for an evening to discuss why diversity and inclusion matter so vitally in the fields of design and technology. Our distinguished panel includes innovators, creatives, business owners, cultural activists, and academics.

April 19, 2016
AIGA Atlanta
Represent! Diversity and Inclusion Discussion
This is an open discussion for everyone within the design and creative community, but will be focused on diversity concerns. including women, people of color, and LGBTQIA. If you have programming ideas, speakers you'd like us to bring in, input on how our events don't make you feel included in our community, or anything on your mind, bring it. Let's talk about how we can make sure we're in AIGA Together.

April 6, 2016
AIGA Wisconsin
Designing Change: Maurice Woods
Nationally acclaimed Creative Director at Yahoo has a passion greater than design itself—using design to change people's lives. Hear Wood's story and his on-going commitment through his Inneract Project, which facilitates design mentoring for kids from disadvantaged neighborhoods.

March 26, 2016
AIGA Baltimore
Converse: Diversity Matters
Join us for a thoughtful roundtable conversation about why diversity matters and how we as designers can work to create a culture of inclusion within our workplace, other organizations we are involved with, and in our community as a whole.

March 25, 2016
AIGA Baltimore
Get Noticed: Advice From Transitioning From Design School To Your First Job
At this event you will hear from hiring managers and creative directors who will share what they look for in top candidates’ resume, cover letter, portfolio, and social media. Learn how to prepare for interviews, what questions to ask, and how to present your work. The event will round off with advice on what kind of positions to apply to, typical entry-level roles and responsibilities, and salary expectations for your first design job.

March 4, 2016
AIGA West Michigan
SHIFT Workshop via Antionette Carroll
Join AIGA WM Leadership and Antionette Carroll, the founder and executive director of Creative Reaction Lab, for a 4-hour workshop exploring the design thinking process and developing prototypes challenging a Grand Rapids social justice issue.

February 18, 2016
Design Briefs: Diversity in Technology
AIGA West Michigan
Join AIGA West Michigan, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Local First and Ladies That UX , for a panelist discussion which explores topics that relate to supporting and cultivating diversity in technology. What happens when people of many backgrounds work together to create and share great work? How can radical collaboration and entrepreneurialism come together to build new business models out of locally focused creativity?

These questions are driving forces that compel the vibrant innovation community in Grand Rapids. But, how do they relate to the Grand Rapids Art Museum's upcoming exhibition of design objects that were made in New Orleans between 1894 to 1940?

February 16, 2016
AIGA Baltimore
Blend: The Art of Oppression
Join us for our inaugural Blend: The Art of Oppression where Dr. Lori Johnson, Assistant Professor of Art History at Morgan State University, will discuss how design has been used to adversely impact the perceptions and the lives of African Americans. From Jim Crow laws, to redlining, to negative imagery and media portrayals, Dr. Johnson will provide a glimpse into her comprehensive knowledge of the art of oppression.

January 24, 2016
AIGA Washington D.C.
Diversity and Inclusion Part 2
Back in October 2015 we discussed the ways diversity (or lack there of) influences design students, practitioners, managers, thinkers, enthusiasts, clients, consumers, and policy makers. Join us for a follow-up conversation and workshop with AIGA 50 judge, Antoinette Carroll, as she continues the dialogue. Hear about her personal and professional experiences, and gain insight along with resources to further enhance the role you play to make DC more inclusive and diverse.


December 16, 2015
AIGA Austin
Under the Radar
Under the Radar is a new lecture series featuring our local design badasses who are helping put Austin on the map. Come out to discover and celebrate killer design that is taking place in our own backyard. Admission includes one taco ticket and free beer comes with your purchase of a Under the Radar pint glass.

September 18, 2015
AIGA Boston Design and Innovation Annual Conference
AIGA Boston is proud to invite you to our third annual design and innovation conference, Design Exchange Boston 2015. Under the theme of #peoplefirst we’ll explore the human element behind brand loyalty, media censorship, artificial intelligence and workplace diversity. This year we’ve taken extra care to give you more time to connect with speakers and fellow attendees. Along with mainstage discussions, join us for more workshops, breakfast roundtables, speaker one-on-ones and networking activities than ever before.

May 27, 2015
AIGA West Michigan
Meet and Greet with Antoinette Carol
Antionette Carroll will be in from St. Louis for the AIGA Leadership Retreat and would like to meet you for lunch. She was recently named the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA and will be the host of the retreat's Diversity Mini Summit. Read her bio below and come hungry with questions.

May 26, 2015
AIGA Atlanta
Diversity Roundtable: A seat at the table
How can people of color and members of the LGBT community be better represented in their creative careers? Getting a seat at the table to offer your knowledge, gifts, and unique perspective is pivotal and open dialogue with other creative professionals who are facing the same challenges is a great way to learn. Join us for a roundtable discussion to share your personal experiences and resources. Diversifying our community matters!

May 20, 2015
AIGA San Diego
Y Design Annual Conference
This year the AIGA San Diego Y Design Conference celebrated its twentieth anniversary. The regional conference is a favorite event for speakers because it’s big on heart, and this year was no exception. Among the many varied speakers and presentations, one individual story—an amazing tale of bravery, friendship, and hope—left a lasting impression that few attendees will soon forget.

March 5, 2015
AIGA Chicago
Cross-Cultural User-Experience Design: Past, Present, and Future
What are the principles of cross-cultural UX design? How can we use them to solve for different aspects of cross-cultural user experience analysis and design? Aaron Marcus, president of Aaron Marcus and Associates (AM+A), will share how he and his company are finding solutions to global design and communications problems as well as the company’s ongoing research comparing Chinese and Western UX design principles. His talk will showcase projects in which understanding cultural differences plays a critical role in usability and will include the presentation of concept designs that address localization.


November 21, 2014
AIGA Michigan
Ram Castillo: Why Cultural Diversity Provides the Best Solutions
Not car, not sheep, not shy—Ram is here from Australia with the goods on getting ahead and the value of diversity. Catch him while he's in West Michigan. Your job will thank you.

November 4, 2014
AIGA New York
Culturally Responsive Design: Senongo Akpem
It’s a given today that design responds to our devices, locations, and preferences. But do we expect it to be responsive to cultural differences? Senongo Akpem will talk about factors that can affect how design is perceived in places with different cultural norms and how visual and cultural diversity can be built into every stage of a project. Senongo will also talk about how design can advance diversity in publishing, through projects such as Pixel Fable and Lost Nigeria. The talk will be followed by a Q&A. .

August 23 & 24, 2014
AIGA St. Louis
Creative Reaction Lab
Creative Reaction Lab is a 24-hour design incubator in which designers and communicators of all types come together to brainstorm and develop tangible solutions for some of today's bigger social justice and human rights issues. Want to create a poster campaign to respond to global warming? Do you believe that greeting cards promoting the Millennium Development Goals and United Nations Day will create a more personal dedication to larger scale change? Will a design/social media hybrid movement bring awareness to racial injustice?