Black Designers Missing in Action With Cheryl D. Holmes Miller

Wednesday / October 06 / 7:00 PM


Cheryl D. Holmes Miller is a fourth-generation Washington, DC native and second-generation graduate of DC public schools. As one of the first designers to pioneer the Where Are the Black Designers movement, she is well known in the design industry for her inclusion, diversity, and equity contributions. She is also an AIGA 2021 Expanding Access Medalist and Cooper Hewitt 2021 Design Awardee.

In this keynote, we will explore what events inspired Miller to address the lack of black designers, and consequences thereof. We will also explore:

  • Whether things have actually changed or if history is repeating itself
  • How BIPOC designers can start taking control of their careers
  • How companies and individuals can become real allies and not just follow the current trends.

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Date & Time

Wednesday, October 06

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm




  • Cheryl D. Holmes Miller

    Dr. Cheryl D. Miller

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    Dr. Miller is recognized for her outsized influence within the profession to end the marginalization of BIPOC designers through her civil rights activism, industry exposé trade writing, research rigor, and archival vision. Dr. Miller is a national leader of minority rights, gender, race diversity, equality, equity and inclusion advocacy in graphic design.


Virtual Platform & How to Prepare

This event will be streamed via Zoom:

  • In order to participate fully, plan to join on the Zoom app via a computer, tablet, or mobile device with enough bandwidth to support viewing video.
  • Only those whose display name fully matches the name on our registration list will be admitted from the waiting room, in order to ensure only those who have registered for the event are able to attend — and to create space for intimate conversations.
  • This event will be recorded unless technical issues occur. The recordings will be shared in the AIGA DC recordings archive for AIGA members to rewatch or catch up on at a later date. (You can register for a membership on our website for just $50 for a year.)
  • Questions for the speaker can be asked live during the event through the chat.

You can find more about joining our virtual events, including how to connect, directions to troubleshoot, and information about our refund policy in our FAQs.

Accessibility and Accommodations

This event will have real time CART (live captioning) services and transcriptions provided by Verbit.

A sign language interpreter will not be present unless requested. If requested, we will do our best to employ a sign language interpreter for the event.

If you need any additional accommodations, please contact us using a method that works best for you:

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You can learn more about how we’re making DC Design Week an accessible experience by visiting our page on accessibility.

Code of Conduct

All AIGA DC events adhere to our Code of Conduct.


DC Design Week looks different this year, so you might have questions. Maybe it’s how to find the streaming link or how to get the most out of our remote events. We’ve got answers to those and more FAQs.

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