Last week, we welcomed Workday to the DxD coalition. It’s truly a privilege to work with a partner that really understands what it takes to build true belonging, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace —investing in programs that make a real difference in people’s lives.
To increase equity in the design industry, Workday expanded its commitment to the coalition by supporting DxD Intensives, a signature program that provides historically underrepresented design students access to design practice and mentorship. Starting this semester, Workday mentors will collaborate with students and educators at San Francisco State University to create UX solutions that address a real-world challenge.
"At Workday, we understand how critical it is to have a representative and equitable UX design community, and DxD Intensives supports the necessary action to help achieve that goal," said Carin Taylor, chief diversity officer of Workday.
DxD Intensives final projects will offer innovative UX approaches derived from the diverse perspectives and lived experiences of these student/mentor teams. In turn, this hands-on experience will:
- Provide students with tangible, real-world experience with a final project to add to their portfolios.
- Give students the opportunity to develop skills required in professional work settings including teamwork, collaboration, presentation skills and meeting deadlines.
- Open up crucial networking, internship, and employment opportunities for design students who have been historically underrepresented.
- Give Workday the opportunity to learn from the diverse lived experiences and lenses that these students bring to the table.
Workday’s commitment to DxD Intensives will not only positively impact SFSU UX design students and the Workday employees who mentor them, but the design industry as a whole. With every DxD Intensive, industry and education directly address the vast diversity gap that has afflicted the profession for far too long.