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Junior Faculty Scholars Workshop Presents "First Designers and Responsible Design in the AIGA Design Census" by Miriam Ahmend, Ph.D.

Junior Faculty Scholars Workshop - October 2019

October 8, 2019

In an effort to encourage Junior Faculty research, the College of Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce the COAS Junior Faculty Scholars Workshop. Each month COAS will host a workshop that will allow one junior faculty member to present a work-in-progress. The work-in-progress that will be presented for the upcoming month will be pre-circulated and attendees will be required to read the work in preparation for the workshop discussion. 

This month, Lecturer Dr. Miriam Ahmed, from the Department of Art, will be presenting "First Designers and Responsible Design in the AIGA Design Census". The workshop will take place on October 30, 2019 from 12p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Dean's Conference Room inside Locke Hall. A limited number of sandwiches will be generously provided by Sage Publishing so the first to arrive will be served until supplies last. To be added to the distribution list to receive works please contact Associate Dean Thomas Foster at

A brief abstract about the work-in-progress is below:

The 2017 Design Census conducted by Google and AIGA (the largest professional association for design) revealed that out of all ethnicities, Native American designers (“First Designers”) were most concerned with diversity in design and tech, design representation, and ethics; job level and income affected their concerns; the pay gap existed for non-binary and third gender designers as well as for Native American designers; and First Designers are severely under-represented in AIGA. These initial findings support previous research that suggests that the responsible design movement is fueled by the efforts of minority designers. 

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