We encourage diversity in design education, discourse, and practice to strengthen and expand the relevance of design in all areas of society.
Despite progress made over the course of AIGA’s 100-year history, especially since its landmark 1991 symposium (“Why is graphic design 93% white?”), there are vast opportunities to support a more diverse audience of design students, practitioners, managers, thinkers, enthusiasts, clients, consumers, and policymakers.
Recent passionate conversations among AIGA members have catalyzed a Diversity & Inclusion initiative to augment ongoing AIGA programs with new ideas and resources that take a comprehensive approach, considering race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and other factors that shape creative perspective and professional experience.
Join us to:
- Cultivate greater opportunity, awareness of diversity issues, and inclusive design cultures.
- Celebrate a diverse array of influential designers, including historical figures and contemporary role models.
- Connect with students, emerging designers, and like-minded groups to support a broader range of future practitioners and leaders.
How you can get involved:
- Join AIGA Boston’s Diversity & Inclusion committee. Members help create spaces for community, capacity building, and education for underrepresented designers and their allies within Boston’s design industry. Email Melissa Hines, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, at melissa [at] boston.aiga.org to get started.
- Volunteer to mentor an emerging or underrepresented designer. Mentoring is a great way to invest in the future of design. Mentors can leverage their past experiences and provide peer support, guidance, and creative feedback to designers who are in the beginnings of their careers.
- Attend an event! Grow your network and discover how to create a more inclusive design community.