Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Your Cart   |   Sign In   |   Join DMI
Site Search
Organizations Preparing Underserved Communities for Creative Careers
Share |
dmi:Diversity in Design Manifesto


Getting a seat at the table enables us to increase our level of influence, visibility, and impact within the organization. If we want our table to reflect the influence of the many cultures, ethnicities, generations, and various backgrounds and experience levels of the changing workforce, then we need to open up and change the seats available at the table.

- Shirley Davis,



Organizations Preparing Underserved Communities for Creative Careers

You can’t envision a career in a field if you don’t know that it exists. These organizations are part of a growing list of groups that make design a tangible career aspiration for young talent through  education, mentorship, training, scholarships, and internships.

Pensole Footwear Design Academy

D’Wayne Edwards, a celebrated member of the global footwear community for 25 years, funded PENSOLE with his personal income to give talented design students — regardless of socioeconomic background—an opportunity to learn from the industry’s best, without financial barriers, and to provide the industry with a farm system for the next generation of footwear designers. Read more about the Pensole Footwear Design Academy


Osmosis Education and Mentoring Initiative and Project Osmosis

The University of Illinois at Chicago School established The Osmosis Education and Mentoring Initiative and Project Osmosis to create programs and initiatives that identify, develop, and support young people from minority communities with demonstrated abilities and skills in the applied arts. Through these efforts, the intention is to increase the influence and presence of art/design professionals from minority communities, while expanding the reach of artistic expression for all people. Read More about Project Osmosis


Little Black Pearl Arts and Design Academy (LBPA)

Little Black Pearl Arts and Design Academy (LBPA) is a CPS contract high school open to 9th– 12th grade students from all communities in the City of Chicago. Operated by Little Black Pearl Workshop, a non-profit organization, LBPA extends the traditional focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by adding the opportunity for students to engage through art and design (STEAM). Read More about Little Black Pearl


Brand Lab

The mission at Brand Lab is to change the face and voice of the marketing industry by introducing, guiding, and preparing students for careers in marketing and advertising developing a future industry that reaches new heights through the creativity of people of any race or socioeconomic background. Read More about Brand Lab

If you would like to list an organization contact DMI at

Featured Members
Kevin BethuneKevin Bethune is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of dreams • design + life

Site Search
Membership Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal