The College of Design is committed to creating space, policies, and practices within our college that support the inclusion and retention of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and other underinvested communities. Design Justice is in its inaugural year currently strategizing, prioritizing, and creating initiatives to further our vision and mission.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to create anti-racist design approaches through cross-collaboration. Our vision for design justice centers on intentional community relationships that support anti-racist culture shifts, decolonized pedagogy, and the liberation of underinvested communities within design academia and industry.

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Make a Gift

Our fund supports design justice initiatives within the College of Design and BIPOC scholarships.

Get Involved

Your participation—on the departmental, collegiate, and University levels—is integral to improving our campus climate and setting new standards for equity and justice in higher education. Whether you are a student, faculty, or staff member, there are numerous ways for you to get involved.

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Earn Your Equity and Diversity Certificate

The Equity and Diversity Certificate helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. It’s free of charge and open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni on all campuses of the University of Minnesota.

Join A Cross-cultural Discussion Group

International Student and Scholar Services is now offering Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups, a unique opportunity to meet other University students from a variety of colleges, majors, and nationalities in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups are open to all UMN students.

Participate in the Anti-racism Reading Group

Born from the anger and grief sparked by the killing of George Floyd, the Anti-racism Reading Group provides a space for focused conversation around racism and social justice. Hosted by the College of Design Fabrication Shops Director Molly Sanford and Senior Academic Advisor Chris Schlichting, the group meets via Zoom once a month to discuss relevant readings, podcasts, current events, and other forms of media. You can join by reaching out to Molly or Chris to be added to the group email.