Diversify by Design Intensives Program Announces Second Cohort for Delta Dental and San Francisco State University

Delta Dental + SFSU partner for the second year of the DxD Intensives program

… guiding future designers through a UX challenge, exposing them to new tools, while working with design professionals they will have relationships with throughout their careers is invaluable.

— Gabriel Bentley, User Experience Manager, Delta Dental

NEW YORK, USA, March 9, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Diversify by Design (DxD) coalition brings together professional designers from Delta Dental and students from San Francisco State University’s School of Design. Francisco (HSI and AANAPISI) for the second year of his intensive program.

DxD is committed to changing the whiteness of the design industry at every ecosystem touchpoint: youth exposure, education, experience, employment and empowerment throughout the designer experience. It is only at this level of attention that DxD and its partners will affect change and close the gap on the racial disparities of the field for a more equitable profession for people of color.

DxD Intensives is one of DxD’s key initiatives to drive this change. The intensives combine industry partners and design programs at higher education institutions that serve historically excluded students to provide real-world design experience, mentorship, networking, and opportunities for internships and careers. potential jobs to students typically face the absence of such benefits upon graduation/entering the workforce.

It is the lack of access to these benefits that leaves most black and brown students at too many minority-serving institutions at a disadvantage compared to their white counterparts, which, in turn, impacts the pool. hiring from the same industry that “tries” to create more diverse, equitable design teams.

DxD Intensives strives to level the playing field for students by providing them with the industry experience they need to be on a level playing field as they enter the workforce. Through intensive courses, students learn and practice the very skills employers are looking for: critical thinking, teamwork, collaboration, and presentation skills; they connect with career designers, planting the seeds of a professional network; and, build that significant body of work that recruiting companies review long before they meet the candidate.

“Making the decision to have our design team mentor a second cohort of intensives was easy.” says Gabriel Bentley, user experience manager at Delta Dental. “Be part of the change we want to see in our industry; guiding future designers through a UX challenge, exposing them to new tools, new ways of working together, as they work with design professionals they will have relationships with throughout their careers is simply invaluable .

SFSU Director of Design Programs, Mari Hulick, was equally excited about working with Delta Dental in Year 2: “Our students gained so much applicable experience in such a short time. They closed the course with a professional portfolio, a deeper understanding of what it takes to work in a design team, and industry connections. Intensives has an impact on the future of design.

For more information on DxD coalition partners Delta Dental and SFSU, please visit https://www1.deltadentalins.com/ and https://design.sfsu.edu/ respectively.

DxD is a coalition effort of Impact Collaborative, a woman-founded social impact consultancy. For more information on DxD or DxD Intensives, email info@dxd.design

Christina DeSantis
Diversify by design
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