Initiatives

To truly create a just and racially equitable design profession, people need support throughout the entire ecosystem. No journey is the same.

Ready, Teach, Design=

A program designed to give classroom educators and design professionals all the tools they need to introduce students grade 6–12 to design.

Design=

An experiential learning initiative focused on introducing design to 15,000 Black, Brown, and Indigenous youth by the end of 2023.

D×D Intensives

A program that develops and supports collaborations between industry partners and design programs at institutions of higher learning that serve historically excluded students.

OUR ROADMAP

What we’re working on

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.

Exposure

  • 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

Education

  • 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

Experience

  • Integrated mentoring efforts with D×D partners

  • Professional development programs

  • Direct and sponsored internships

  • Apprenticeship programs

  • Shadowing programs

  • Access by/to designers of color

  • Preparedness training

Employment

  • Hiring commitments from D×D organizational partners

  • Connections between practicing and aspiring designers

  • Workplace accountability metrics and reporting tools

  • Industry fellowships/awards

  • Equitable hiring toolkit

Empowerment

  • Partnership development

  • Partner networking opportunities

  • D×D open-source tools

  • Mentoring programs across the ecosystem

  • Impact measurement across the ecosystem

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