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Minneapolis, MN—October 15,  2020—The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) presents President Sanjit Sethi’s first lecture within an annual series. Race and Design will be a virtual event engaging three internationally recognized creative leaders in direct conversation about racism and inequity in the design field. Greg Hoffman (former VP of Global Brand at Nike and graduate of MCAD) will moderate a candid discussion between design leaders Joseph Kunkel (Mass Design Group) and Liz Ogbu (Studio O).  

While the design field impacts the entire global population, the decision makers operate from a mostly white, Eurocentric perspective. Though change is occurring, racism is still deeply embedded in design practices and products. Hoffman, Kunkel, and Ogbu will begin to articulate how the field could be more inclusive, more responsive to the communities it serves, and ultimately, more successful. 

“As a community dedicated to educating future artists and designers, we have an obligation to confront inequity and show our students that we’re serious about creating change. It’s not enough to talk about the future, we must talk about the obstacles we’re facing today. Race and Design goes to the heart of racism and inequity in the design world and imagines a concrete path to change,” said President Sanjit Sethi.  

Event Details 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 6:00-8:00 p.m. CST


Free and open to the public, registration required.

About MCAD

Since 1886, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design—a private, nonprofit four-year and postgraduate college—has been the preeminent art and design educator in the region. Today MCAD is a strong national leader in fine arts, design, entrepreneurship, and sustainability education. Through degree programs, continuing education courses, exhibitions, and a number of other community programs and events, MCAD transforms the world through creativity and purpose.