The coalition is fueled by the experiences of bold leaders from the public, private, academic, and nonprofit sectors who work together to shape best practices and advise the coalition’s priorities.
Central to the success of D×D is a team focused on achieving the goals of each initiative and measuring the impact over time.
D×D’s activities and initiatives are intent on accelerating the diversification of the design industry, resulting in products, services, systems, environments, and experiences that are relevant, accessible, and available to everyone.
We’ve seen the fallout of well-meaning programming that unintentionally (and in many cases, unknowingly) erases the efforts of those at eye-level with the problems, needs, and solutions. Our commitment to elevating the work of our program partners, who are already in the business of effecting change for people of color, is the cornerstone of the coalition.
Together, the coalition builds and manages collaborative, coordinated, effective efforts that move us towards a more diverse and inclusive design profession.
D×D’s dedicated advisors define, prioritize, and help develop what the coalition works on from the lenses of their lived experiences.
It takes a village. D×D is a coalition of partners comprised of grassroots and community organizations building social justice solutions; corporations, agencies, and associations committed to the hard work of creating diverse, equitable, inclusive workplaces; and educational institutions and nonprofits focused on engaging the next generation of designers. Each partner supports, informs, and/or activates D×D priorities.
Behind the scenes of the coalition is Impact Collaborative, a women-owned social innovation firm that develops and orchestrates the advisor and partner network, as well as the D×D initiatives that emerge from the coalition’s work. The firm provides strategic guidance; research and planning; program facilitation, implementation, and measurement; as well as holistic communications planning and execution. This frees up partners and advisors to focus on what they do best—apply their expertise, influence, and resources towards achieving D×D’s shared goals.