Closing the Diversity Gap in Design Disciplines

The lack of diversity in design is not a new problem. Scholars, employers, organizations, and design professionals have been documenting it for more than 50 years. Yet representation by people of color in the profession hasn’t significantly increased in more than 10 years. What’s behind this disparity? Join Jacinda Walker, founder and creative director of designExplorr, a social impact organization that creates opportunities to expose underrepresented youth to design, and learn more about the problems leading to this lack of diversity. Jacinda will explain the need for more design career resources, outline strategic solutions to close the diversity gap, and tell you how you can help. 

This event is now available in person and virtually. 


If you are planning to attend this event in person. Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination, along with proof of identification.
KC Design Week will also be observing all mask mandates from the CDC and in Kansas City, MO, where all of the events will be held. 

Additional information regarding general event information and check-in process will be emailed directed to registrants 24 hours before the event.

Tuesday, September 14
Center for Architecture & Design
1801 McGee St., Ste. 100
Kansas City, MO 64108
In Person: $20 + fees in advance; $30 at door; Virtual: $8 + fees in advance
5:30pm - 7:00pm
5:30pm Registration
6:00pm Talk
Snacks & Drinks Provided

Jacinda Walker

Jacinda Walker, MFA is renowned for her work in design, diversity, research, and strategy. She is the founder and creative director of designExplorr, a social impact organization whose mission addresses the diversity gap within the design profession. Her research on Design Journeys: Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Design Disciplines has been hailed as breakthrough work. This solutions-based thesis explores diversity in design disciplines and investigates effective strategies to expose Black and Latino youth to design careers. Ms. Walker’s future goals are to help scale diversity in design initiatives within education institutions, corporations, organizations, and museums.