Design Museum Everywhere Transforms Knowledge into Solutions with Diversity in Action Program
Training Sessions Set to Educate on Racial and Gender Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Design
Design Museum Everywhere is bringing actionable solutions to the table with its Diversity in Action sessions (spring program starts April 2, 2021). A resource for design firms, creative organizations, and individuals, Diversity in Action is a 3-month training program consisting of two half-day virtual sessions supplemented by online community work on how to become better informed on equity in the design field – and more importantly, how to translate that knowledge into action. Ranging from conversations on how to create inclusive teams, to breaking down the business outcomes of a diverse organization, Diversity in Action aims to highlight the power education has in creating a more equitable industry now, and in the future.
Led by Diana Navarrete-Rackauckas, Design Museum’s Director of Learning and Interpretation, Diversity in Action was created for any designer or design professional in the industry – at any level or subset of design. Its purpose is to give individuals and organizations the tools to examine their work and designs through an equity lens, and also supplement or jumpstart their own personal, collective efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion. Over the course of 3 months, participants join in two half-day training sessions where they will learn why diversity and equity creates better design and business results, how to foster a diverse work environment and culture, ways to improve as a business by prioritizing inclusion efforts, and how to give back to local and global communities.
“At Design Museum, we fully believe that good design is not possible without equity, diversity, and liberation. With this in mind, we asked ourselves: how do we simultaneously promote this and also lead initiatives?” explains Navarrete-Rackauckas. “Diversity in Action was created to present a solution for individuals and organizations who were looking for the next step in taking decisive action on inequality and the lack of representation in the industry. These sessions aid in providing the time, processes, and resources needed for companies to be successful and support vital industry initiatives and equitable practices.”
The half-day, action-packed trainings consist of breakout sessions, personal and group reflection, dynamic conversations, and a set of self-led deeper learning exercises accompanied by resource sheets and conversation prompts. Participants will be provided with the tools necessary to take action, including digital artifacts created throughout the sessions.
Key takeaways from Diversity in Action sessions include:
- Equitable design is profitable design: Why diversity, equity, and inclusion creates better design
- Diverse teams are strong teams: How to build and foster a diverse team
- Giving back is investing in the future: How to give back to communities
Virtual training sessions are paired with a physical set of We Design Conversation Cards. Created in tandem with Design Museum’s virtual We Design exhibit, the conversation cards can be used individually, in small groups, or with larger discussion forums. Within the deck, participants will find stories from creatives in a variety of industries, along with statistics and topics of discussion around diversity and equity in design professions.
Registration for Diversity in Action spring sessions is now live. For more information on Diversity in Action, details on individual and company pricing, or to register for the training, please visit designmuseumfoundation.org/event/diversity-in-action.
About Design Museum Everywhere
Design Museum Everywhere is a nonprofit, nomadic museum of design. Our mission: bring the transformative power of design everywhere. We inspire people by showing what’s possible through public exhibitions, events, and content. We educate people to become creative problem solvers using the design process. We transform, using design to take action and make change, demonstrating its impact. designmuseumeverywhere.org
Additional Information: • Diversity in Action Website• Press Kit