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Diversity in Design: The Time for Change is Now Panel Discussion
Join us for a panel and open discussion where we will be addressing the diversity problem in our industry. The panel will be moderated seasoned public relations, marketing, and branding leader Joseph Cephas (SVP, Novità, previously VP, Communications & Brand Experience, ASID), who will be joined by black design industry leaders: Dr. Angelita Scott, Ph.D. Allied ASID, IDEC (Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University), Maya Bird-Murphy, Associate AIA (founder, Chicago Mobile Makers), and Ronnie Belizaire, IIDA (Corporate Real Estate Manager, Daimler), this powerful panel will examine the role design plays in solving social justice issues as well as the lack of diversity and representation in the profession. The discussion will first work to clearly define the problems that are facing African Americans both in society and in the industry, and will then focus on paths forward and how everyone can help.

This first half of this unique session will feature the panel taking a deep dive into the topics of diversity and social justice. The second half will be an interactive Q&A with the audience. This will provide a forum to listen, learn, and grow together.
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