AIGA recently implemented the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative at the national level. At the local level, our Nebraska chapter has begun a mission focused on education and community called Embrace & Engage & Empower. Led by friend and fellow designer Cathy Solarana, the plan is to collaborate with individuals from a variety of professions and cultural, ethnic, and racial perspectives to identify our biggest challenges.
I’ve often thought the design community as a whole is fairly oblivious to big issues like social responsibility, advocacy, and working to make social change happen. I’m very excited about what’s to come with these initiatives. It’s a start and I think they could lead to some substantive change when it comes to how the design profession exists in the larger context of community challenges and community solutions.