Diversify by Design (D×D) is excited to welcome Intuit as a core partner. In addition to investing in the coalition’s mission, Intuit will be collaborating on one of D×D’s core initiatives, Design=, which introduces design, design processes, and design as a career to historically excluded youth. Intuit’s participation is an extension of the critical work being done in collaboration with Amazon, the founding sponsor of Design=.
Intuit’s partnership focuses on workshops that will be offered to middle and high school youth in the Detroit and Washington, DC metro areas in the first part of 2023, giving students the opportunity to experience the world of design for the first time.
“D×D aligns with our existing efforts focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in education, notably our Prosperity Hub School District Program, such as the one in Washington, DC, as well as our Design for Delight curriculum,” said Ryan McAllister, Partnerships & GTM Leader, Corporate Responsibility at Intuit. “Through our support of Design= workshops, Intuit will raise awareness of design as a career option to middle and high school youth. Without awareness, design will remain an unattainable area of study for Black and Brown people in an industry that desperately requires their perspectives.”
According to Zippia, the design field is 10.2% Hispanic / Latino and 3.5% Black / African American, compared to 76.1% White. Yet, according to the 2020 Census, the US adult population is 63.4% White, 16.1% Hispanic / Latino, and 12.0% Black / African American. In collaboration with our program partners and Advisory Council, D×D addresses these racial disparities with impactful initiatives intent on creating a design profession that truly reflects the rich diversity of our society.
At D×D, we believe exposure to all the possibilities that design offers is the first step in diversifying the industry. Intuit has a long history of creating job readiness programs, preparing people for careers by translating its products into free education resources that give everyone the opportunity to build durable financial skills. Becoming a D×D Core Partner deepens the company’s commitment to education and DEI and we’re excited to report on the success of the workshops in early 2023.
Intuit will join fellow D×D industry partners Amazon, Delta Dental of California, and Workday — along with leaders from the public, education, and nonprofit sectors — to collaboratively solve for the lack of racial equity and inclusion in the design profession.