This month–and always–we want to take time to acknowledge and honor Black history, achievements, and culture both in design and beyond. Since launching our Equity in Design Scholarship and developing shared intention and resources for the DSI community, we have not stopped in our mission to build an equitable space for students and partnering communities of all backgrounds. We discuss and reflect upon our role in inequitable systems and seek pathways for growth and change. We are listening, learning, and acting as a department and are encouraging our communities to do the same.
We are also holding tensions that comes with this month: the fact that it is not recognized globally; the fact that our program, the education system, and the world of design all operate within unjust systems that are underserved and underrepresented BIPOC communities; and the fact that a single month is simply not enough to unravel the deep history of racism and inequality in America or celebrate the accomplishments and culture of the Black community. While there is much to be done, we see this as an opportunity to further commit to anti-racism and create space for these conversations within our community.
We invite you to join us.
Throughout the month, we will be re-sharing resources and events around NYC from students, staff, and faculty.
“All of us in the academy and in the culture as a whole are called to renew our minds if we are to transform educational institutions—and society—so that the way we live, teach, and work can reflect our joy in cultural diversity, our passion for justice, and our love of freedom.
– bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress