Stepping Aside From AIGA

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photo courtesy of Nic Jackson via Little Visuals

Today

Yesterday

Tomorrow

  1. Expand Board Leadership
    With concerted effort we’ve changed the composition of our board to include more leaders of color and continue to create an environment more conducive to inclusion and belonging, but it’s still not reflective of Chicago’s racial makeup. There’s an opportunity to partner with an external Chicago DEIB consultancy to help us improve our volunteer recruiting and retention.
  2. Focus Programming & Events
    Dissatisfied with the Design Census, we partnered with Culture Amp in 2018 to survey our membership as well as our broader (non-member) design community. The findings exposed our failings as a chapter and helped determine all our programming for 2019. In addition to fielding both surveys again this year, there’s an opportunity to center our content on education and mentorship — two areas we can serve Black and Brown creatives better.
  3. Build Sustained Community Partnerships
    To date our partnerships have primarily been through event sponsorship and local white-owned studios and agencies — limiting our outreach and providing a myopic view of the Chicago creative scene. There’s an opportunity to identify and partner with BIPOC individual practitioners and studios — as well arts & culture organizations — to collaborate on longer-term initiatives.

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design leader, public speaker, educator, illustrator, yearly marathoner, occasional beat selector, Head of Design @TableXI, founder & host of @DadwellCo

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Antonio García

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design leader, public speaker, educator, illustrator, yearly marathoner, occasional beat selector, Head of Design @TableXI, founder & host of @DadwellCo

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