Reshaping the Face of Design

  • NOVEMBER 13, 2020, 1:30PM - 2:30PM
  • Design has a diversity problem. The 2019 Design Census by AIGA reported that 71% of designers are White and only 3% are Black. Reshaping the face of design, starts with design education. In this discussion, Nashville Design Week and Austin Design Week join together for the first time to explore efforts to increase diversity and access in design education across two cities and multiple design disciplines.

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Reshaping the Face of Design

Design has a diversity problem. The 2019 Design Census by AIGA reported that 71% of designers are White and only 3% are Black. Reshaping the face of design, starts with design education. In this discussion, Nashville Design Week and Austin Design Week join together for the first time to explore efforts to increase diversity and access in design education across two cities and multiple design disciplines.

Join us for Part 2 of this discussion, as we speak with educators, community organizers, and nonprofits to explore why design has lacked diversity for so long and what efforts are being done to change the makeup of the industry.

Delve into the importance of creative outlets and training for our underserved youth, how college recruitment is changing for Black and Brown students, and where additional opportunities lie to broaden access and inclusion in the design industry. Catch Part 1 of this discussion at Nashville Design Week, Friday October 30th, and the rest of their fantastic lineup here: nashvilledesignweek.org

  • SPEAKER
  • Aerial Ellis: Author and Instructor at Lipscomb University’s Department of Communication and Journalism
  • Aerial Ellis is a gifted speaker and strategist who launched her first public relations firm at the age of 22. Since, she has become sought-after for her ability to help organizations transform culture, improve diversity, enhance communication, navigate change, build community and drive innovation.. She teaches courses in public relations, strategic planning, cross-cultural communication and leadership in Lipscomb University’s Department of Communication and Journalism, and guest lectures in the College of Leadership and Public Service.
  • Ellis is co-founder of the Nashville Women of Color in Communications Network and serves on the executive committee of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Nashville. She is also author of The Original Millennial, a book highlighting lessons in leadership for the millennial generation.
  • A native of Memphis, she holds a bachelor's degree from Tennessee State University and master's degree from Middle Tennessee State University - both in communication/journalism, and a doctorate from the University of Southern California Global Executive program.
  • SPEAKER
  • Carl Settles: Visionary Founder and Executive Director of E4 Youth
  • Carl Settles is the visionary Founder and Executive Director of E4 Youth, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Austin, TX. E4 Youth partners with local schools to provide innovative curriculum and support, career exposure, job shadowing and internship opportunities to youth ages 16 – 22. Mr. Settles is the architect of Employability Curriculum, which helps classroom educators build stronger relationships with students of color.

More recently, Mr. Settles has developed VR Remix Party immersive storytelling curriculum - open source VR/AR tools and workflows that help students tell compelling stories about their lives in minutes. As part of the Intel Foundation's She Will Connect Program, VR Remix party curriculum is being used by Latinitas and other local non-profits to teach 1000's of area youth to code immersive stories about their neighborhoods. His latest venture, Austin Digital Heritage Project, trains and employs college age youth that collect and curate oral histories into a digital archive that can be accessed via virtual and augmented reality tools.

  • SPEAKER
  • Alisha Moore: Alisha Moore is a Service Design Strategist creating the future of Support at IBM.
  • Alisha Moore is a Service Design Strategist creating the future of Support at IBM. She is passionate about the intersection of design and social good, and she works to build community and a more equitable world.
  • SPEAKER
  • Marleen Davis: Distinguished Professor, University of Tennessee, School of Architecture
  • As dean at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design from 1994 – 2003, Marleen Kay Davis made many significant contributions impacting the educational experience of thousands of students. Marleen Davis has a deep passion for introducing beginning students to the range and complexity of “architecture.” In her signature course (Arc 101) and in design studios at all levels, she works within a pedagogical tradition that develops design thinking that is simultaneously analytical and creative.
  • SPEAKER
  • Jill Ramano: Distinguished Professor, University of Tennessee, School of Architecture
  • Jill joined ESa as a Project Manager in 2014. She has over 10 years of experience managing design and construction projects for healthcare clients across the country. Jill has been involved in the ACE Mentor Program of Middle Tennessee for nine years, including three years as a team leader and now as Board Chair.
  • The ACE Mentor Program of Nashville, Tennessee introduces high school students to exciting careers in the architectural, construction management and engineering professions, and supports their higher education goals through merit-based scholarships. The program was started in 2002 with 40 students from three schools. The students were organized into three teams and mentored by professionals from 15 firms. They now reach more than 100 students each year with 80 dedicated professionals mentoring ten teams. Over $400,000 in scholarship funds have been awarded to Middle Tennessee students since the affiliate was founded.
  • LOCATION
  • Virtual Event
  • DAY
  • Friday, November 13th
  • TIME
  • 1:30PM - 2:30PM
  • ORGANIZED BY
  • Nashville Design Week
  • INTENDED AUDIENCE
  • Design Enthusiasts, Educators, Anyone Interested in Design
  • PRICE
  • Free