Diversity & Inclusion webcast series

The limited, four-part Diversity & Inclusion webcast series is re-launching this summer.

The third episode of this series, “Unpacking implicit bias through design,” will take place Friday, July 21 at 12:00 p.m. EST.


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About this episode

With the third episode of this series, AIGA signals the need to actively conduct conversations around equity, one of AIGA’s core values. During this episode, we will address implicit bias and how we can create a more just society and work environment wherein we can all gain higher consciousness of our own prejudices and stereotypes–whether directed to race or sexual orientation. While design is a discipline that thrives to leverage its human-centered approach and best strategic tools to address these issues and “flip the script,” it is also a place where such biases continue to exist and are being promoted by the profession.

Through their passionate research, engagement, communication, and design process, Jamaal Bell, Dario Fidanza, and Kim Hopson share a common approach towards shifting public perspectives on minority rights and building capacity for social justice organizations dedicated to the inclusion of marginalized populations.

We will answer questions like:

  • How can we encourage mindfulness of implicit bias and stereotypes and proactively address them in educational organizations, communities, and design settings?
  • Can design and art support inclusion of marginalized populations?
  • How can diversity and inclusion respond to membership engagement and retention challenges?
  • Where can designers make strides in making design more accessible?

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Guest speakers

Jamaal Bell
Jamaal is the director of communications at The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. He is a strategic communicator with ten years experience in integrated marketing communication planning and design. Jamaal is also the director of the award-winning documentary film “Free To Ride.” He served four years in the United States Navy and earned his bachelor degree in public relations at Ball State University. Jamaal is in his last semester at the University of Southern California earning his masters in communication management.

The Kirwan Institute is an interdisciplinary, university-wide engaged research institute that works to understand the causes of, and solutions for, racial and ethnic disparities, and to bring about a society that is fair and just for all people. Their expertise is shared through a national network of colleagues and partners, ranging from researchers to grassroots activists to policy-makers to community leaders, who can put Kirwan’s research into action.

Dario Fidanza, AIGA Austin
Dario is a designer with experience in UX, print, packaging, fashion, film, and digital design who loves building community engagement and ventures as part of his time as an organizer for several local design groups, creating conversations on the impact of design, inclusion and ethics into the field.

A connector of people and resources, Dario always brings the foresight of strategy, methodology, and system-thinking into his problem-solving work, including his design for good endeavors. Collaborating with Central Texas nonprofit organization Out Youth, which supports LGBTQ+ youth, his team employed human-centered design strategies to learn about the organization’s structure and understand some of their challenges.Originally from Buenos Aires, he saved up to buy his first computer at age nine, and he has been in love with technology ever since. He has lived in several countries, and in another life he was a fire-dancer at a circus. Dario’s curiosity keeps him constantly in search of knowledge. He has a User Experience Design certification, one in Interaction Design, and a third one in Visual Communication.

Kim Hopson, AIGA Austin
Kim is a studio artist, art educator, and community arts advocate based in Austin, Texas. She is the curator for the Giving Voice poster exhibition through the Texas branch of VSA Arts, the international organization on arts and disability, founded to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all. With 52 international affiliates and a network of nationwide affiliates, VSA is providing arts and education programming for youth and adults with disabilities around the world. Kim collaborated with VSA through AIGA Austin to curate an exhibition which paired local Austin designers and students with persons with disabilities to co-create posters with a message. Currently, Kim is working on personal art projects (including an art car) and managing local community art initiatives in Austin, TX.

Episode schedule

  • 5-minute introduction by moderator Laetitia Wolff, AIGA director of strategic initiatives
  • 10-minute presentation by Jamaal Bell
  • 10 minute presentation by Kim Hopson
  • 10 minute presentation by Dario Fidanza
  • 25 minute conversation with guests followed by a Q&A with webcast attendees

Previous webcast episodes

Webcast one: Inclusion by design: The design census
Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST
This episode addressed the opportunities to make the design profession more inclusive and AIGA membership more diverse, the challenges of communicating around these sensitive issues, and the fundamental hope of inviting new voices, practices, and perspectives into the design field.
Watch the video now.

Webcast two: Building a culture of inclusion
Thursday June 29 at 12:00 p.m. EST
This webcast highlighted the current and collective work achieved by the AIGA Diversity & Inclusion task force, which is split into four operational sub-groups that function as resources for chapters.
Watch the video now.

About the series

Mixing practical information and instruction with inspiration stories, the Diversity & Inclusion webcast series continues to offer opportunities for dialog, leadership development, and training. It will feature select guest speakers—AIGA members, task force representatives and beyond—who are active practitioners in the fields of social justice design. While sharing their approaches to diversity in design they will demonstrate, through stories and advice, how designers can develop solutions for complex societal issues and make us more inclusive.

Series format

All four webcasts, curated by the Diversity & Inclusion task force and moderated by AIGA strategic initiatives director Laetitia Wolff, will begin with one or two narrated slideshows (10–20 minutes) presented by webcast guest speakers, followed by a Q&A.

The Diversity & Inclusion webcast series is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.