To truly create a just and racially equitable design profession, people need support throughout the entire ecosystem. No journey is the same.
A program designed to give classroom educators and design professionals all the tools they need to introduce students grade 6–12 to design.
An experiential learning initiative focused on introducing design to Black, Brown, and Indigenous youth and increasing awareness of design as a career path.
A program that develops and supports collaborations between industry partners and design programs at institutions of higher learning that serve historically excluded students.
Since our launch in January 2021, D×D’s Advisory Council, working groups, partners, and community have been taking action. Informed by lived experiences, the following is a current list of activations (support for existing work) and new programs (to fill gaps) that are either in progress or in development.
Program partner support and partnership facilitation
K-12 mentoring programs with program partners and professionals
Curricula sharing & development
Leadership profiles of Black and Brown designers
Pre-college portfolio support
College accessibility toolkit
Industry-sponsored scholarship support
Industry-sponsored partnerships with HBCUs, HSIs, and NASNTIs
Non-traditional education pathways and resources
Accessible certification programs & bootcamps
Portfolio/interview skill development programs
Integrated mentoring efforts with D×D partners
Professional development programs
Direct and sponsored internships
Access by/to designers of color
Hiring commitments from D×D organizational partners
Connections between practicing and aspiring designers
Workplace accountability metrics and reporting tools
Equitable hiring toolkit
Partner networking opportunities
D×D open-source tools
Mentoring programs across the ecosystem
Impact measurement across the ecosystem