CEU Opportunities

Diversifying the Interior Design Workforce

Apply lessons learned from historically Black colleges and universities to aid in your recruitment and retention of diverse employees.

When faced with the lack of diversity across the design profession, many firm leaders are motivated to recruit a more diverse workforce. When looking to hire new graduates, consider where and how you are recruiting to reach a more diverse pool of students. If you are only looking at candidates from predominantly white institutions (PWIs), then you may be missing out. Learn where to find diverse talent and how to create a more inclusive culture at your firm by examining best practices from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). With provocative thought starter questions, start to rethink your hiring practices and firm culture to aid in your recruitment and retention of diverse employees.  

Content developed as part of the ASID Ones to Watch Scholars Leadership Development Program, supported by Steelcase and Benjamin Moore. Learn more about ASID Ones to Watch.

  • Gain a better understanding of why the interior design profession lacks racial diversity
  • Understand the impact of recruiting exclusively from accredited interior design programs has on workforce diversity
  • Gain insight into the current barriers to entry for licensure and hiring of minority interior designers
  • Describe the differences between Primarily White Institutions (PWI) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  • Recognize how the practices at PWIs and HBCUs can inform the workforce

  • 1 IDCEC CEU | CC-116348 (Your CEU will be reported to IDCEC on your behalf)
  • 1 AIA LU | ASIDDIDWONLINE (AIA Members: Please contact education@asid.org to have your completion reported)

Access Period: One year after registration.