Diversity & Inclusion

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

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 a new 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.

How you can get involved:

  • Join the discussion locally on Twitter with the hashtag #AIGAtogether.
  • Explore the growing list of Diversity and Inclusion resources
  • Volunteer with our chapters mentoring programs to support a diverse new generation of designers
  • Encourage design students from minority or economically disadvantaged backgrounds to apply for the AIGA DC Design Continuum Scholarship
  • Suggest a diversity and inclusion focused activity or subject for our chapter: contact Dian Holton
  • Nominate a designer for a Design Journeys profile or a diversity expert for an AIGA national event: contact AIGA national strategic initiatives director Laetitia Wolff

D&I Slack and the #nonbook_bookclub

The AIGA DC D&I Slack workspace is an online safe space to share and support conversations about diversity. Our community provides updates on events, jobs, internships and scholarships. If you’re not already subscribed, join here

Every month on the #nonbook_bookclub channel, we share articles and bring a new guest to discuss a new topic related to inclusive design.

Please note: we want this channel to be a safe space to try out ideas, be wrong, ask questions, and speak honestly. What’s said in the nonbook-bookclub stays in the nonbook-bookclub. Please do not quote fellow posters to others or on social media, even if it’s out of encouragement.

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