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  • September 29, 2022.

    Beats, Bites, and Backgrounds

    Join us on Thursday, September 29 from 4-7 pm EST for an evening of community-building, learning together, and sharing authentic experiences at “Beats, Bites, and Backgrounds” hosted by the Diversity in Design (DID) Collaborative. Hear from influential speakers and connect with fellow Black creatives based in Detroit and beyond, all while enjoying refreshments and great music. Please register ahead of time using this registration link. Pre-event registration is required due to space capacity limits.


  • July 26, 2022.

    DID Network Program - Psychological Safety in the Workplace

    DID hosted its second installment of programming for its Network – a community fostered by DID to promote learning and growth in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this safe space, Network participants heard from Cortnie Squirewell of Ford Motor Company and Akil Alvin of Digital Detroit Media learning about how these leaders aim to create psychological safety within their organizations, as well as the importance of psychological safety for Black creatives. Watch the recording here.

    Interested in joining DID’s Network for access to more live programs like this? Fill out this form and a team member will be in touch.

  • April 26, 2022.

    DID Network Program - Creating a Culture of Belonging

    DID’s first Network program was a panel discussion featuring three dynamic DID Collaborative members – Sheri Crosby Wheeler of Fossil Group, Inc., Christopher Loper of Johnson & Johnson Design, and Candace Charpentier of The Freeman Company – shared their professional insights and personal experiences with the Network about how to create cultures of belonging in design organizations. The group covered themes such as vulnerability, happiness and belonging, and intentional inclusion. Watch the recording here.

    Interested in joining DID’s Network for access to more live programs like this? Fill out this form and a team member will be in touch.

  • March 18, 2022. 2PM-6PM ET


    The inaugural “Designed By” youth design fest took place on March 18th, 2022 in the City of Detroit, MI. The interactive event raised awareness among high school students and activated pathways into a wide range of design professions. At the core of the fest were hands-on youth-inspired participatory learning activities (from workshops to round tables) with DID design professionals and educators straddling a range of sectors (including architecture and interior design, fashion and apparel, graphics, digital design, industrial design, and more).

  • February 24, 2022. 5PM-6PM ET


    Celebrating Black History Month, Herman Miller's Design Insights Series team brought in the Diversity in Design Collaborative to share experiences and insights on obstacles Black designers face, and progress being made toward creating more positive, inclusive conditions in the industry. Panelists included Halima McWilliams, Associate Principal at Corgan - Dallas, Alice Coleman, Experience Design leader for Rightpoint - Detroit, and Wes O'Haire, Founder of Blacks Who Design, and Designer at Dropbox, and moderated by Todd Palmer, Direct of the Diversity in Design Collaborative.

    Click here to watch the recording.

  • September 23, 2021. 11PM-1AM ET


    As part of Detroit Design Month September 2021, the DID Collaborative hosted a panel discussion titled "Diversity in Design Collaborative: Creating an Inclusive Design Ecosystem." The panel featured Forest Young, Head of Design – Wolff Olins, D'Wayne Edwards, Founder of PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy, and Keisha Golding, Head of Belonging – Gap Inc., moderated by Todd Palmer, Director of Diversity In Design. Together this panel explored ways the Collaborative and its combined efforts can profoundly transform the status quo across design industries.

    Watch the recording here.

  • September 13, 2021.

    The Challenge of Change - Business of Home Panel

    From the Future of Home Article: For a discussion on the state of diversity in the design industry, BOH executive editor Fred Nicolaus sat down with three industry players working toward measurable change: Caroline Baumann, co-leader of the Diversity in Design (DID) collective and former director of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; DID co-leader and Work & Co partner Rupal Parekh; and Eddie Opara, partner at DID member organization Pentagram and senior critic at the Yale School of Art.

    Read more about the Business of Home Panel here.