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"

As design educators, we
need to reflect on the
examples and standards
we're teaching."
-Sarah Elsie Baker

thought I was the secretary," she says. "They asked to speak
to the manager of the graphic design department, and I
would say, 'I'm her.'"
The vendors weren't the only ones. One young African
American woman said she'd never met a Black designer
and stopped by to see one for herself. The woman became
Walker's mentee-one of over 75 designers of color she
has mentored.

Changing Up the Curriculum
Diversifying design education isn't just about who gets
taught but also what gets taught. "Here in the United
States, when you study design, you study European design,"
Walker says. "There is a great need for design education in
the U.S. to include more cultural awareness."
As a student at the University of Massachusetts
Amherst and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor,
Michigan, Locke says he rarely heard designers of color or
women designers mentioned in class, unless it was the rare
starchitect like Jeanne Gang.
That has to change, says Kathryn Anthony, a
distinguished professor in The Illinois School of
Architecture at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. "When students learn about the history of
design, it's very important that they learn about the special
contributions made by a diverse group of designers, not
just white men," she explains. "Their education needs to be
inclusive from day one, showing how people from different
ethnic and racial backgrounds, genders, and cultures have
had an important impact on the profession."

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meaningful projects together. But the projects
must connect to the workforce. "If all you do is
face painting, that's not workforce development,"
says Jacinda Walker, founder and creative director
of designExplorr, a social enterprise that works to
diversify the design profession by increasing access
to education and corporate organizations in Cleveland. "If
it involves design thinking and creative problem-solving,
that's workforce development."
Along with forging relationships with local middle and
high schools, leaders in higher education could stand to
make their campuses more welcoming, too. "Universities
need to be more open to the community, not just for
an elite group," says Sarah Elsie Baker, a senior lecturer
and research coordinator at the Media Design School in
Auckland, New Zealand.
Baker's school conducts outreach through activities like a
hackathon workshop where educators work with middle and
high school girls to create art assets for video games. "People
who wouldn't usually come into the school get access to it,"
she says. That kind of invitation into the world of design is
particularly important for people who are the first in their
family to attend college. "For those students, even coming
into the building can be daunting," she says.
But before these education programs start sending out
their staff and faculty to entice kids into a world of design,
they must remember that optics matter. Using a cavalry of
white men to spread the message could prove futile. "A lot
of the onus is on us as minority designers to expose kids"
to design, Gay says. "As a Black person, I could see myself
in that career because I saw other Black people in it, and
that made a big difference," he adds. "A lot of kids never
see that."
Early in her career, Walker worked as the head graphic
designer for the Cleveland Municipal School District. She
recalls that people were surprised to learn that a young
Black woman was behind the designs. "Vendors came in and

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