Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

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

About AIGA Diversity & Inclusion

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.

Meet the task force

Diversity & Inclusion task force members support to the initiative by raising awareness, offering guidance to the organization and its members, and by participating in purposeful dialogues and activities.

2017 task forceThe Diversity & Inclusion task force at the 2017 AIGA Design Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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.

Learn more

Everyone has to begin somewhere. Begin learning about the Diversity & Inclusion field here.

“Annual “D&I “Academic
Annual impact reports Introductory learning list Design research

Looking to delve deeper? Explore the full suite of AIGA Diversity & Inclusion resources, including articles, books, and lists of outside organizations with similar goals.

Get started

Ready to get involved but wondering where you can jump in? Here are a few programs you can get started with today.

AIGA chapter mentorship program Diversity and Inclusion events
Worldstudio AIGA scholarship
AIGA chapter mentorship program Diversity and Inclusion events Worldstudio AIGA scholarship

 

Get inspired

Design Journeys profile series

Celebrate the stories and work of selected practitioners through the Design Journeys profile series, while also inspiring the next generation of young people from all backgrounds to consider design as a viable and rewarding career.

Videos

Diversity & inclusion webcast series The impact of inclusion: business The impact of inclusion: AIGA chapters
Webcast series
Discover design approaches that develop solutions for complex societal issues.
The impact of inclusion: business
Hear from designer John Maeda and more.
The impact of inclusion: AIGA chapters
Learn from D & I founding chair Antionette Carroll and more.

The “Perspectives across AIGA” video series was made possible with support from Herman Miller.

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

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