Initiatives
Committee Initiatives include updates to the RGD Directory, Speaker Guidelines, the Trailblazer Awards and Open Dialogue Campaign on Social Media.

Collect Member Demographics & Provide Opportunities for Self-Identification

RGD's Directory offers a comprehensive list of contacts in the Canadian graphic design industry for those seeking to hire designers (or creative agencies) for full-time employment, freelance or projects ranging from logos to websites to promotion. The Committee advised updates to the RGD Directory to allow RGD Members to self-identify as 2SLGBTQIA+, BIPOC, Disabled and/or Living with a Mental Illness on their profiles. Members can also add their pronouns to their Directory profiles, if they wish to do so.

 

Speaker Guidelines

Broken down into two parts, these Guidelines provide speakers with recommendations and actionable items for creating presentations that are accessible, welcoming and inclusive for all attendees, and representative of the diversity within the design industry. The RGD will provide the Guidelines to all event and program speakers.

 

Trailblazer Awards

These Awards, part of the RGD's 2021 Student Awards program, will recognize and support students from underrepresented and marginalized communities. It's our hope that these Awards will help to support the winners in covering the costs of their design education and recognize their design skills, hard work and resilience. The Awards are an important step for the Association as we work to create a more equitable, representative design industry.
 

Open Dialogue Campaign on Social Media

 #OpenDialogue aims to start conversations about important issues that matter to design professionals and the design industry. The campaign is composed of Instagram posts that highlight and discuss a topic, statement or issue explored by an RGD Member. Each post shares a reflection and explanation on why the issue matters, and it also features a project that shows the importance of the topic in action. Interested in starting a conversation on a topic that matters to you as a design professional? The #OpenDialogue campaign would like to feature it! Interested RGD Members can submit their information here.

 

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