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

August 7, 2018
AIGA Nebraska
Bias Busting Lunch & Learn Series: Recognizing bias in design and what to do about it
Join us for a 4-part professional development lunch series focused on recognizing unconscious bias and providing tools to make conscious changes. Embrace. Engage. Empower. We are going to explore how biases are created and reinforced by our environments and experiences, and can affect our perceptions, decisions, and interactions. We want to get to the heart of the issue, learn to understand why we make the choices we do and start to implement changes in our behavior, both personally and professionally. Through these lunches, we are raising awareness, sparking conversations, and initiating action. The goal is to create more inviting workplaces that allow anyone, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, physical abilities, religion, body size or sexual orientation, to contribute and innovate without hesitation or fear.

July 11, 2018
AIGA Nebraska
Bias Busting Lunch & Learn Series: Understanding bias in networking relationships
Join us for a 4-part professional development lunch series focused on recognizing unconscious bias and providing tools to make conscious changes. Embrace. Engage. Empower. We are going to explore how biases are created and reinforced by our environments and experiences, and can affect our perceptions, decisions, and interactions. We want to get to the heart of the issue, learn to understand why we make the choices we do and start to implement changes in our behavior, both personally and professionally. Through these lunches, we are raising awareness, sparking conversations, and initiating action. The goal is to create more inviting workplaces that allow anyone, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, physical abilities, religion, body size or sexual orientation, to contribute and innovate without hesitation or fear.

June 12, 2018
AIGA Seattle
Practicing Inclusion in the Creative Workplace
AIGA Seattle’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative presents Practicing Inclusion in the Creative Workplace, a workshop led by CEO of Diverse City, Cheryl Ingram, where we will examine workplace culture, company hiring and retention practices specifically within the design community. Whether you are responsible for hiring talent, managing teams, or seeking a job, this workshop serves as a model for building awareness, identifying stakeholders, setting expectations and developing action items to improve your efforts and company culture. Expect to have honest and respectful discussions about your own awareness, perceptions, and practices for fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce.

June 12, 2018
AIGA Nebraska
Bias Busting Lunch & Learn Series: What are the best hiring practices to increase diversity in my teams, firm, or company? 
Join us for a 4-part professional development lunch series focused on recognizing unconscious bias and providing tools to make conscious changes. Embrace. Engage. Empower. We are going to explore how biases are created and reinforced by our environments and experiences, and can affect our perceptions, decisions, and interactions. We want to get to the heart of the issue, learn to understand why we make the choices we do and start to implement changes in our behavior, both personally and professionally. Through these lunches, we are raising awareness, sparking conversations, and initiating action. The goal is to create more inviting workplaces that allow anyone, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, physical abilities, religion, body size or sexual orientation, to contribute and innovate without hesitation or fear.

May 23, 2018
AIGA New York
Workshop: Unconscious Bias Training
As designers, art directors, and creative directors we have a responsibility to create inclusive environments and perceptions not only in our workplace but also in culture. We all remember the recent Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad or the H&M t-shirt “coolest monkey in the jungle” product shot. These are two example of how the decisions we make and our biases as creatives impact culture and societal stereotypes. In this workshop we will acknowledge that all humans are biased. We will understand our unconscious biases and their impact on our day-to-day decision-making processes. And learn how to practice interrupting our unconscious biases in our daily personal and professional lives. Our backgrounds, personal experiences, societal stereotypes and cultural context play a considerable role in how we perceive and relate to others. This workshop will guide you in understanding and provide strategies to disrupt your unconscious biases. This workshop is open to all but we encourage participation of creatives in leadership positions.

May 17, 2018
AIGA Louisville
Dialogue: Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace with Jacinda Walker 
AIGA Louisville is excited to host Jacinda Walker for an evening workshop and discussion on diversity in our community. Please come and listen, discuss and learn how we can be more aware as designers and communicators with an ever-expanding diverse audience. 

May 8, 2018
AIGA Nebraska
Bias Busting Lunch & Learn Series:How do I recognize unconscious bias in myself? What can I do about it once I’ve recognized it?
Join us for a 4-part professional development lunch series focused on recognizing unconscious bias and providing tools to make conscious changes. Embrace. Engage. Empower. We are going to explore how biases are created and reinforced by our environments and experiences, and can affect our perceptions, decisions, and interactions. We want to get to the heart of the issue, learn to understand why we make the choices we do and start to implement changes in our behavior, both personally and professionally. Through these lunches, we are raising awareness, sparking conversations, and initiating action. The goal is to create more inviting workplaces that allow anyone, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, physical abilities, religion, body size or sexual orientation, to contribute and innovate without hesitation or fear.

April 26, 2018
AIGA Richmond
AIGA Presents Ashleigh Axios
Ashleigh Axios is an international speaker, strategic creative, and an advocate for design's ability to break barriers and create positive social change. She leads The Studio, where she functions as an executive creative director for Automattic, a company with the mission to democratize publishing and commerce. She is guiding the formation of the inclusion portion of Automattic’s first design language, Muriel — establishing how inclusion can be a key ingredient for the success of digital products and communications. She is an executive board member for AIGA, the professional association of design, and an editorial board member for Design Observer. Ashleigh served as the creative director and a digital strategist for the Obama White House, bridging two presidential terms, in the first-ever Office of Digital Strategy. She is also the president emeritus of AIGA Washington D.C., where she formed DotGovDesign, an initiative and conference connecting and empowering government designers. She is a graduate from, and a current alumni advisor to, Rhode Island School of Design.

April 14, 2018
AIGA New York
Designing for and Teaching Accessibility
At a minimum, criteria for success of a designed product, service or experience should be its usability by everyone, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. Since digital access is a Civil Right covered by the American Disabilities Act, the question of usability and access are now as important to digital and interactive designers as to those who produce products and physical artifacts. “Inclusive design” theory and practice are becoming the norm with companies increasingly expecting employees to know the common standards and specifications for accessible interfaces which are used by people with disabilities (and meet legally mandated ADA compliance standards). Unfortunately, even as progress has been made in industry, teaching digital accessibility is rarely part of design curriculum or undergraduate course work. To raise awareness and provide specific examples of ways to incorporate principles of accessibility into professional practice and design education, Design Incubation and AIGA/New York is inviting a group of scholars, practitioners and industry leaders to discuss accessible digital design and its relevance to the New York design community. A morning panel discussion will provide a venue for experts to share their knowledge and an optional afternoon workshop will promote understanding of basic accessibility issues, concepts and best practices.

April 12, 2018
AIGA Memphis
Community meeting with a focus on design for change
One often overlooked aspect of any successful community change campaign includes the impact of conscious designers like Will Loren who provided the graphic design support for Memphis's recent TakeEmDown901 efforts to remove confederate monuments from public spaces. Come learn more about Will's design for change that helped build momentum resulting in pivotal reframing of Memphis history. We will also hear from two of our AIGA board members who attended a regional workshop from the National AIGA Diversity & Inclusion task force last month to help make design more inclusive here in Memphis.

April 7, 2018
AIGA San Diego
Breakfast Club Series: Using Design and Illustration to promote diversity
AIGA SD invites you to join in on a breakfast conversation with internationally recognized illustrator and artist Rafael López and his partner Candice López, super-talented artist and former V.P., Education and Community Outreach chair. You’re be in for a stimulating talk about using design and illustration to promote diversity. This power couple has much to show and tell in the matter of art and design for the greater good. Come, learn, have some fun, and be a part of a community that supports diversity — creatively!

April 4, 2018
AIGA Rhode Island
KnowHER: Jacinda Walker
AIGA Rhode Island presents the third annual KnowHER Design Talks. This series celebrates and highlights the strong female powerhouses who make up our design industry today. Every Thursday in March, one female designer will give a presentation on her work and her experiences. Don't miss this series of presentations by influential and inspiring female designers.

March 29, 2018
AIGA Washington DC
Inclusive, Accessible Design with Pivotal
Everyone should be able to use our website, app or software. But how do we know if it’s accessible and inclusive? Join us as the Pivotal Software design team gives us some of the whens, whys, and hows of universal design. Together, we will all grow our design chops and user base.

March 29, 2018
AIGA Boston
Designing Diversity: Black Designers & Value in Diversity
Join AIGA Boston and WeWork for the first in a series of panel discussions exploring the need for diversity in design. African American Culture is a powerful force driving innovation in the arts, music, fashion, etc. Diversity is widely recognized as a source of creative energy and success in business and problem solving; the very things that Design is meant to deliver, yet the Design industry continues to struggle to reflect the broader society. We’ve invited a panel of accomplished and insightful African American designers to share their thoughts on design creativity, cultural perspective and what we have to gain from broader representation in the Design Industry.

March 22, 2018
AIGA Charlotte
AIGA Charlotte presents Ashleigh Axios
Join us for this incredible lecture event, as we hear from Ashleigh Axios, former creative director and digital strategist for the Obama White House, discuss her passions and experiences, and how they are shaping her future desires to see design break barriers and create positive social change. Ashleigh is an international speaker, strategic creative,. After breaking ground in national government, Ashleigh now leads the creative studio at Automattic, a company with the mission to democratize publishing and commerce.

March 19, 2018
AIGA West Michigan
Disability and Design: New Principles and Applications
DisArt, KCAD Prof. Lee Davis, and KCAD interior design students will discuss the philosophies of disability and design and their application in planning the DisArt Process and Presence International Conference scheduled for October 2018. Presenters will share insight about the limitations of the Americans with Disabilities Act as it relates to participation levels of Disabled people in our community, universal design standards, furniture design and selection, and theories of access and inclusion.

March 8, 2018
AIGA Washington DC
Business of Design-Diversity and Inclusion: What it means for you and your workplace
Workplace diversity has benefits far beyond legal compliance. Research has found that organizations with a diverse staff have larger talent pools to innovate business practices and offerings. A diverse and inclusive workplace culture improves employee performance and increases the reputation of a business, which directly impacts revenue. Aiming for better diversity and inclusion is simply the right thing to do. Human Resources Management professional DeAnna Thomas will provide tips and best practices for both small and large businesses, and will answer questions on how to foster and sustain diversity in the workplace.

March 2, 2018
AIGA Dallas Ft. Worth
Building a Culture of Inclusion: Perspectives & Possibilities
The importance of diversity in the design industry cannot be stressed enough. A diverse creative team allows for different perspectives that generate a broader variety of ideas. Along with diversifying our creative teams, the work we create needs to be more inclusive of the diversity seen in our target audiences. While we have seen improvement over the years, there is still a lot of work to be done to fully embrace diversity of all kinds. We must continue to bring awareness and encourage conversations about diversity and inclusiveness, both in our schools and our workplaces.

February 22, 2018
AIGA Northwest Arkansas
Design Drinking: Precious Baugh
This month’s Design Drinking will feature guest speaker, Precious Baugh! Come and hear Precious speak about “Breaking Borders: Designing for the Global Community” Culture matters. Designing global experiences forces us to look beyond the boundaries of where we live and the culture we experience. Embracing differences in language, location and culture is key to how well your experiences translate to every user. Global UX starts with you.

February 22, 2018
AIGA Austin
AIGA Small Talks: Designing for Diversity @ R/GA
In this hour-long program, R/GA design members will address the shifting focus on how inclusion and diversity can affect the outcome of design work. Designing with diversity in mind can be a challenge, but putting humans as the focus can lead to meaningful, and inclusive work. Join R/GA Austin as they discuss the benefits of inclusive and diversified design, and thought-starters the audience can use to empower their teams and their career as a design practitioner.

February 21, 2018
AIGA Charlotte
Perspective: A Conversation about Diversity & Inclusion
The world changes when we change our perspective. Join us for a casual evening of conversation at Free Range Brewing as we host a diverse panel of designers, thinkers, and creators from the Charlotte community. With open minds and hearts we’ll be sharing stories of diversity in design and discussing the value of inclusion in the workplace, what it’s like working with members of different backgrounds, and how everyone can contribute to a broader community perspective. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Design Continuum Fund, a scholarship fund for local, underserved creative students who wish to pursue a design education. We consider diversity comprehensively, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and other factors that shape creative perspective and professional experience.

February 17, 2018
AIGA Detroit
Ashley C Ford | Love & Risk
As we celebrate 2018 as the Year of Love, we kick off our first main event Saturday, February 17th with the topic: Love & Risk. Local leaders will participate in a Lighting round before our keynote Ashley C. Ford shares personal stories about Risking it all for Love. If you’re in the business of design, advertising, nonprofit or a startup our hopes is this evening will reinvigorate the risk taker in you, to make those power moves for that which you Love.

February 6, 2018
AIGA Philadelphia
Shani Sandy: The B.O.L.D. Principle
Diversity in design is an issue we all face, whether it’s in who we hire, where we work, or what brand guidelines dictate. How do creatives move beyond selecting the right photo to create a more diverse environment? AIGA Philadelphia is proud to present Shani Sandy, a creative and thought leader, on the challenges of bringing diversity to life in the design world. Join us as she shares her ideas formed though research and hands on experience. Following the lecture we'll have Q + A and networking. 

January 25, 2018
AIGA Washington DC
Business of Design: Government Contracts & Minority-Owned Small Business
Are you interested in government contracting? Want to learn what it takes to become a government contractor? During this session with Aleks Bogunovic, we’ll go through the whole process from finding the work to establishing the contract, and all the steps in between.

January 18, 2018
AIGA Dallas Ft. Worth
Inclusive UX Panel
A UX practice normally relies on understanding the problem, and empathy with the user. But, as we mature as a field, we’ve begun to ask, “Is empathy enough?” Can designers and researchers ever actually understand the user well enough to act as a proxy? How do we avoid designing bias into our systems? Does the user need representation on the design team? Would that even fix the problem, or just introduce new ones?Join AIGA DFW as we discuss exactly those issues with a panel of designers and researchers from some of the metroplex’ most notable design teams.

December 6, 2017
AIGA San Francisco
Designing for Inclusivity
As designers and strategists, we strive to create products, services and experiences with the best form and function. However, ability is often an afterthought, if it’s considered at all. When you have different abilities in an environment that often overlooks your needs, what does it mean to feel included? We’ll bring together a panel of individuals to talk about their work designing and building communities for the 1 billion people with disabilities around the world. Join us for a lively and candid discussion as we challenge each other to understand our biases and think more critically about universal design.

December 6, 2017
AIGA Detroit
F’ The Stereotype: Revitalizing Indigenous Perspective in Design
Describing Native American graphic design is very challenging—especially to an audience who does not understand the harm of cultural appropriation. Native American sensitivity to appropriation is not taken into consideration when designing for representational material or identifying a traditional presence in the common world. The rising movement of visual sovereignty in Native American graphic design is revolutionizing a new fight against stereotypes and continues to revitalize an honorable image away from the subordinate portrayal of indigenous peoples. 

Sadie Red Wing works as the Assistant Director of the Native Student Programs at the University of Redlands where she supports and provides resources to indigenous students during their journey through higher education. Her work has been featured on AIGA’s Eye on Design: “Why Can’t the U.S. Decolonize Its Design Education?” (2017) and Communication Arts: “Decolonizing Native American Design” (2017).

December 6, 2017
AIGA Charlotte
Libations & Donations
Join us for our annual Libations & Donations holiday party at Tyber Creek on Tuesday, December 6th, as we celebrate a very merry 2017 in the Queen City! This year we’ll be raising funds for the AIGA Design Continuum Fund, which supports local creatives who wish to pursue higher education in design.

November 14, 2017
AIGA Raleigh
Homegrown: Web Accessibility for Everyone
We all have different roles in building the web. Marketing pros aim to get a succinct message to their target audience. Graphic designers create designs that are beautiful, distinctive, and usable. Web developers build code that is functional and robust. To do our jobs to the best of our abilities, we must all understand what “accessibility” means on the web. Lots of people think website accessibility is a “nice to have” feature when in reality it’s a “must have” feature. In this discussion, we’ll demystify the WCAG 2.0 guidelines and show how when you make websites accessible it benefits everyone. No matter what role you play, you’ll leave with new tools to add to your toolkit and be well on your way to being an accessibility ally.

November 13, 2017
AIGA Washington DC
Annual AIGA DC Design Continuum Scholarship Benefit
Please join us for our annual AIGA DC Design Continuum fundraiser on Monday, Nov. 13, and help us fund the next generation of creative talent. Meet the 2017 scholarship recipients, Mai-Phuong Bui and Mikea Hughley, along with Mark Randall, the founder of Worldstudio and a 2017 AIGA Medalist — all while supporting a great cause. Net proceeds from this event support the annual scholarship program. Donating directly to the AIGA DC Design Continuum Fund.

November 9, 2017
AIGA Philadelphia
LGBTQ mixer
We're pleased to announce our first LGBTQ Mixer, presented by AIGA Philadelphia as part of the national Diversity & Inclusion initiative. Join your local LGBTQ creative colleagues and allies for cocktails and conversation upstairs at Tavern on Camac. Connect with members of our community and those who support us at Philadelphia's oldest gay and lesbian bar.

October 25, 2017
AIGA Chicago
Design Week 2017:Designing Access—The Challenge
Design a productivity app for a Deaf mom who works from home. Create a resource-based website for a man who is homeless and only has internet access for two hours at the library. How would you tackle these challenges? How would you tackle them with a small team that you’ve never met before, with limited resources, and with additional challenges thrown in as you go through the process?

October 20, 2017
AIGA Baltimore and DC
Design Week 2017: Design + Activism
Join AIGA Baltimore and Bowie State University as they host ex-Minister of Culture for the Black Panthers, Emory Douglas who will discuss the intersection of Design and Activism. Emory Douglas became politically involved at the age of 24 as Revolutionary Artist and then Minister of Culture for the Black Panther party. Mr. Douglas™' powerful images portrayed through the party™'s newspapers, posters and pamphlets spoke to social injustices experienced by black and other oppressed people in the U.S. and around the world. While his works often address issues of race, they also exude empowerment in the face of poverty, discrimination, and imperialism. Emory Douglas was born May 24, 1943, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been a resident of the San Francisco, California Bay Area since 1951. Douglas attended City College of San Francisco where he majored in commercial art. He was politically involved as Revolutionary Artist and then Minister of Culture for the Black Panther party from February 1967 until the early 1980™s. Douglas™' art and design concepts were always seen on the front and back pages of the Black Panther Newspaper, reflecting the politics of the Black Panther Party and the concerns of the community.

September 26, 2017
AIGA Washington DC
Selecting Photography with Diversity in Mind
Are you struggling to find photography that depicts an underrepresented community? Have you ever felt out of your depth trying to source imagery that portrays a culture or social position outside of your own? It can be a challenge to source impactful photography in an inclusive, thoughtful manner. To hone our skills, we’re inviting AARP’s director of photography Michael Wichita and photographer Yodith Dammlash to host a members-only evening salon where they’ll present examples of their work around diversity. They will also share resources for diversity-conscious photographers, as well as best practices for empathy and inclusivity.

September 9, 2017
AIGA Colorado
“Diversity of Thought” A Diversity & Inclusion Retreat
This event will foster and encourage diversity of thought and inclusion for all– in the design industry and beyond. AIGA Colorado will be facilitating this Diversity & Inclusion Retreat where attendees/members can share stories, brainstorm solutions, and discuss the future of design as it relates to D&I. This one day retreat will include presentations, lectures, exercises/activities, lunch, and a panel discussion.

September 7, 2017
AIGA Seattle
Viewpoints: Maurice Woods on Race + Design
How do we improve diversity in the tech and design-related industries? What actions will create a more inclusive industry culture? In an effort to start a dialog here in our community, AIGA Seattle proudly presents Viewpoints: Maurice Woods on Race + Design, the first event in our new diversity and inclusion programming initiative. Maurice Woods has spent over 13 years bringing design to underrepresented minority communities. He founded Inneract Project, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that provides free design classes and training to under-served youth. For Maurice, his only passion greater than design is using it to give license to young people’s belief in themselves. His organization doesn’t simply teach young people skills for getting a job at a Google—instead it empowers them to find the courage and confidence to start the next Google. Join us to hear Maurice discuss strategies for creating a more diverse workforce in design-related fields, including success stories from Inneract Project and challenges he faces in getting communities of color to consider design as a career.

September 2, 2017
AIGA Cincinnati
Dialogue: Diversity & Inclusion
AIGA Cincinnati wants to hear from you, to find out how we can better support the diverse needs of our community. We readily admit we don't know everything, and we want you to tell us how we can better represent your needs for inspiration and education. This is an open discussion for everyone within the design and creative community, focused on the topic of diversity in design. All races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, ability, and ages are welcome to join us. If you would like to attend this event, you are welcome. If you have programming ideas, speakers you'd like us to bring in, partners you would like us to work with, bring them! If you would like to share your ideas for how our events could feel more inclusive or anything on your mind, bring those too. If you would like to talk to a design leader on the forefront of diversity and inclusion efforts, you'll be happy to hear that Jacinda Walker will be joining our discussion. Let's get together and talk about how we can ensure we're in #AIGAtogether. 

August 25-26, 2017
AIGA St. Louis
Design Diversity Conference
The Design + Diversity conference explores proactive ways to make the design industry more diverse. This is the only conference this focuses on diversity issues in the design field. This event provides a platform for constructive conversation among those who design, innovate, and lead. We welcome the perspective of diversity and inclusion professionals, designers, and any active enthusiast.

Past events

August 10, 2017
AIGA Louisville
Design and Civil Rights
Design has played a crucial role in groundbreaking struggles for civil rights in the US, from the struggle for women's right to vote to fights for racial equality, marriage equality, and access for people with disabilities. Designers have illuminated these struggles. They have engaged the public and helped overturn oppressive policies and create new ones. No historic fight for justice in the US is perfect or guaranteed. Now more than ever, designers raise awareness, unify communities, and make noise around seeking justice for all.

July 21, 2017
AIGA national office
D&I Webcast Series: Unpacking Implicit Bias Through Design
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.

July 20, 2017
AIGA Triad NC
Speaker Event-Call To Action
What is Diversity & Inclusion? Where are we now? What are we doing about it? What can you do about it? Jacinda Walker’s take on these and many more important questions within the design field. She believes that participation is the key to success and it starts with you.

July 19, 2017
AIGA national office
YouTube Series:Design Journeys-Aldrena Corder on Little Brown Girl
Aldrena Corder’s thesis work, “Little Brown Girl” is a response—a series of essays and stories based on her personal experiences as a Black woman in America, and centered on subject matters of hair, skin, respectability, and self-love. It’s a collection of personal thoughts on what it means to be a Black woman today, and responses through design and other means of visual communication. This presentation is an overview of the creative process, and how that led to a deeper exploration of the history of colorism and bias in graphic design.

July 15, 2017
AIGA Philadelphia
No Strangers Here: Zine Making & the Culture of Inclusion
Join AIGA Philadelphia and The Soapbox for a zine making workshop during International Zine Month! In a world obsessed with bans and walls, everyone is welcome in the DIY space. Focusing on the idea of inclusion, participants will be encouraged to think about experiences of feeling included or excluded, welcome or unwelcome, in the spaces they inhabit. Pull up a seat and discover the origins of this low-tech, flexible medium while creating your own piece to share with the group. Open to zine newbies and practiced zineophiles alike!

June 29, 2017
AIGA national office
D&I Webcast Series: Building a Culture Of Inclusion.
This webcast highlighted the current and collective work achieved by the AIGA Diversity & Inclusion task force, which is split into four operational sub-groups, and that functions as a resource for AIGA chapters. As the basis of successful collaboration—across communities and interest groups—diversity is better for design, for business, and for the community as a whole. Panel: Jessica Arana, AIGA Los Angeles, lead on education and community committee, Maurice Cherry, AIGA Atlanta, content and awareness committee lead, Gus Granger, AIGA Dallas Fort Worth, guidance and support committee, Jacinda Walker, current chair of the AIGA Diversity & Inclusion task force, and designer/design researcher

June 26, 2017
AIGA NY & D&I Initiative
Social Mixer: Supporting Pride Month
Please join us as we celebrate Pride Month (and the 2nd anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage) with our LGBTQIA community members by hosting a mixer at the historical landmark The Stonewall Inn. The first 60 guests to arrive will receive a commemorative Pride button designed by D&I task force and AIGA/NY member George Garrastegui, Jr. Speakers: Author, illustrator, and educator Timothy Bellavia and Tree Sequoia historian and veteran of Stonewall will offer a special toast in honor of Stonewall’s history.

June 20, 2017
AIGA national office
YouTube Live Series:Design Journeys-Jacinda Walker on diversity in design education
Jacinda Walker will discuss research findings from her thesis, Design Journeys: Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Design Disciplines, including the complex problems that contribute to the lack of diversity in design. She’ll share her 15 strategic ideas for exposing African-American and Latino youth to design-related careers, and explain the four principles of a strategic solution to closing the diversity gap in design.
Jacinda is a designer, entrepreneur and instructor, and the AIGA Diversity & Inclusion task force chair.

June 28, 2017
AIGA Los Angeles
DIVERSITY MATTERS Webinar: Discussing Diversity
Join Jod Kaftan (Design Director, Fjord Group), Mia Schaikewitz, and Christopher Artalejo-Price to explore steps one can take to develop inclusive products and workspaces, how to address factors involved in entrenched industry norms, and how to prevent ideas that are potentially offensive (due to our own personal blindspots) from gaining traction.

June 27, 2017
AIGA Chicago
Design Pride: Insights and Experiences
Join us at Morningstar for an intimate roundtable conversation at the intersection of life, work and LGBTQ+ identity. Our panel of designers will discuss their personal activism, internal advocacy initiatives, designing for organizations, collaborations with allies and more.

June 15, 2017
AIGA San Francisco
How Diversity & Inclusion Will Impact the Future of Design
Designing for the outliers ensures everyone is included. Ryan will share how the process of inclusive design informs the future, and why PLAE designs intentionally gender-neutral, customizable products that encourage creativity and expression.

June 14, 2017
AIGA Atlanta
Have Pride Roundtable
Join your fellow creatives for an open roundtable discussion with the LGBTQIA design community. Topics may include design social activism, business practices, and discussing LGBTQIA designers that have made an impact on the community.

May 19 and May 20, 2017
AIGA Seattle
HIVE 2017: Proceed with Intent
As we move forward into 2017, we are seeing the landscape of design evolve into a more human-centered, experience-based profession. Design has shifted from its traditional practices of ink and paper and progressed into creating world-wide transformative connections. Continuing the theme of future forward thinking, HIVE 2017 will focus directly on improving technological and social advances using design. Seminar topics will range from virtual reality and artificial intelligence to social justice and communication design. Speakers will include local and national experts whose established best practices and innovative skill sets are influencing the evolution of design to shape positive change. Tackling a wide range of design and communication challenges, these top professionals, creatives and thinkers are creating a future full of possibilities. 

May 17, 2017
AIGA Los Angeles
Diversity Matters
Digitally, the world continues to get smaller. Physically, our city is getting denser and more diverse. How are these changes affecting our perspectives on business, on staffing, and on the process of design? As backgrounds and experiences overlap, how are we succeeding in diversifying our practices and our teams? And who benefits?As the business of design continues to evolve, does it have the mindset needed to address societal needs? What are we doing to give a voice to more perspectives in our fields of design, and encourage increased awareness of experiences outside our own?Join us  as we discuss where designers and businesses are succeeding and failing in building inclusive teams, processes, and products. We want your voice, thoughts, and questions to guide this discussion, so we can learn from each other.

May 4, 2017
AIGA San Francisco
Better Together Design Exhibition : Opening Night
Join us in celebrating the diversity and excellence in design within the Bay Area at the first AIGA & IDSA sponsored Design Exhibition, Better Together. Meet the 2017 showcase designers, and preview over twenty featured projects spanning graphic, industrial, and environmental design. 

April 27, 2017
AIGA Washington DC
Hiring in Tech: Equitable Practices
AIGA DC and Color Coded present Hiring in Tech: Equitable Practices, a panel event about finding and retaining talent. The hiring process presents its challenges, whether you are the applicant or in charge of discovering the next person to join your team.As a hiring manager, how do you balance the need to fill a role quickly with the desire to find the right person? More importantly, how do you ensure new hires aren't affected by isolation, discrimination or toxic work environments? As an applicant, what signals alert you to whether you'd really be fulfilled and respected at a potential workplace?Join David Dao, Alisha Ramos, and Ced Funches as we dive into this lively yet practical discussion moderated by Jessica Bell. Hiring in Tech: Equitable Practices is part of the Color Coded series. Those of you who have participated in the Color Coded initiative will know this event is not to be missed!

April 20, 2017
AIGA West Michigan
The Architecture of Transformative Experience
Steven Chaparro, a multi-disciplinary storyteller and writer who focuses on leadership, strategy and design. Building upon lessons learned in spatial storytelling and Walt Disney Imagineering, Steven will share his exploration of going beyond experience design, finding the common place in design frameworks and how we can create spaces that facilitate transformation and inclusiveness.

April 14, 2017
AIGA Nebraska
Designing Inclusion & Equity
Antionette Carroll will take aim at the status quo and offer actionable solutions with, “Designing Inclusion and Equity.” This speaking event is open to all career levels, and all social justice/nonprofit advocates are encouraged to attend. Get tickets here.On the evening of Friday, April 14, Antionette Carroll will speak at the Omaha Community Playhouse about how designers and community members alike can challenge systemic issues, improve global difficulties, and champion human rights while fighting social injustice. This event is open to all career levels, and all social justice/nonprofit advocates are encouraged to attend.

April 8, 2017
AIGA Rhode Island
SeeUS Show Closing Party
Last year’s SeeHER Show was a huge success, and highlighted the talented women in our industry. This year we place emphasis on inclusivity—knowing the vital role our profession and practice have in positively effecting our cultural. We aim to curate the show based on quality and impact of work.

April 6 and April 8, 2017
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.

March 23, 2017
AIGA Raleigh
White Like Me: Screening & Discussion
Do discussions about racism and inequity make you uncomfortable? Are you at a loss to understand your own privilege? Are you curious about how individual attitudes, politics, and policy are shaped by assumptions of race? Join our local design community for a screening of White Like Me: Race, Racism, and White Privilege in America by Tim Wise, an anti-racism activist. Designers from around the triangle are invited to join us to screen the film, participate in respectful discussion and share personal reflections about racism in our local creative community.

February 23, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
AIGA DC
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, 2017
AIGA Northwest 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.

2015

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.

2014

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?