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A tool to measure progress toward increasing African American and Latinx representation across design disciplines.


Design Diversity Index tracks the number of people of color in architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, and urban planning in Ohio’s schools and professions. Following the mission of Design Diversity, the Index focuses on measuring demographics for African American and Latinx communities. Using available data sources, the Index establishes current baseline conditions and will track future progress toward expanding racial diversity in Ohio's design community.

Data Findings

The Design Diversity Index (DDI) is intended to grow with more data over time. The first version of the Index includes data from public universities in Northern Ohio and limited data on design professions in the state. Additional data from private universities, community colleges, and professional associations can build on the current framework. Annual updates will also show changes in numbers, which may be correlated to specific conditions. Measuring the data outcomes is an important step toward identifying effective actions to increase diversity.   

The demographic data are organized in two categories: Academic Programs and Professional Workforce. These categories include data collected from undergraduate and graduate design programs, as well as professional data from Ohio's Bureau of Labor Statistics and design professional associations. Each category also includes key questions derived from the data, which offer opportunities for future research.