As the Diversify by Design (D×D) coalition continues to grow, we’re thrilled to welcome our newest education partner, Lehman College, the only senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) located in the Bronx – the county with the second highest poverty rate in New York state and the largest number of people who speak languages other than English at home.
Lehman is a Minority Serving Instutition (MSI) and CUNY’s only 4-year college with a Hispanic majority undergraduate student population (52.5%) and a significant Black student population (33.2%).
“This is an exciting and mutually beneficial partnership between education and industry. Lehman is exploring design across disciplines, focusing on a variety of timely issues. The design education and career-awareness opportunities will be game-changing for Lehman students. At the same time, Lehman students and faculty represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives that are vital to the future legitimacy of design,” said Dorothy (Dee) Dunn, a D×D Advisory Council member who was instrumental in forming the relationship between the coalition and Lehman.
The school’s commitment to serving as an engine of upward mobility by providing opportunities for applied learning and career engagement for its students, makes it an ideal D×D partner.
“I am excited that D×D shares our commitment to experiential learning, which our Strategic Plan calls for as a signature component of a Lehman education,” said Peter O. Nwosu, Lehman’s Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success. “This partnership allows us to expand on this strategic priority.”
With a growing Design program, Lehman seeks to increase the design literacy of students, foster design thinking and creative problem solving, and explore a wide range of design subdomains that exist under the umbrella of Design, ranging from print, web, and motion design, to industrial, fashion, and interior design.
James Mahon, Lehman’s Dean of Arts and Humanities said, “We see Lehman’s partnership with D×D as a gateway to increasing collaboration between our students and industry. We know that once industry comes to know our students and appreciate the talents and the diverse perspectives that they bring with them, internship and employment opportunities will follow.”
Is your company and/or design department ready to impact the future of design and experience the talents and diverse lenses of Lehman’s students? Now is the time to get engaged, involved, and support the next generation of Black and Brown designers. Learn how with D×D.