College to Career Program Sponsorship

student and mentor discussing work at the mentor kickoff

Sponsorship of the UMN College of Design's College to Career program series supports the delivery of 10 to 20 professional development, mentoring, and networking opportunities for current and future design professionals. Sponsorship at designated levels and half of all sponsor funds after expenses go to the Design Justice Fund to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, and to support fellowships for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students in design.

Our Programs

Programs are developed and presented by the College of Design Student and Alumni Board (DSAB), which includes alumni, professionals, and graduate and undergraduate students from each college discipline. Activities support the transition from college to career, extend learning beyond the classroom, and build meaningful connections between the professional community, the college, and design students. Our award-winning programs include the Design Mentor Program, Dirty Laundry, Design in 7, Design Forward, and many more.

Tane Danger at the Design in 7 event

Sponsor Benefits

Visibility

Sponsors gain visibility by co-branding with both the College of Design and the University of Minnesota and have the opportunity to expand professional connections within the fields of architecture, apparel design, graphic design, human factors and ergonomics, interior design, landscape architecture, product design, retail merchandising, and user experience (UX) design.

Who can Sponsor

Individuals and organizations can sponsor College to Career programs. Sponsorship supports one academic year of programming and donors receive a receipt from the University of Minnesota Foundation for their gift when processing is complete.

More Benefits

  • Foster the next generation of leaders in design
  • Advance Design Justice initiatives and BIPOC scholarships/fellowships
  • Option to host a BIPOC Design Justice Fellow for a summer internship
  • Visibility with current and future design professionals
  • Year-long recognition related to sponsored events
  • Invitations and tickets to signature events
  • Tax-deductible support of higher education

Become A Sponsor

Contact Lori Mollberg (612-625-8796) to discuss sponsorship options and interests. Be sure to make your tax deductible gift before August 30 for the next academic year.

Donate by Mail

Send a check payable to the University of Minnesota Foundation noting College to Career Program Sponsorship to:

College of Design Alumni Office
32 McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Make an Online Donation

Funds received through the DSAB Annual Sponsorship Program will be used to meet costs associated with the DSAB mission. Sponsorship recognition by DSAB or the college does not constitute an endorsement of the products or services of the sponsoring company, organization, or individual.