Designing With Cultural Competence

Sunday / October 03 / 12:00 PM


As a DEIB practitioner and interior design/color consultant, Jessica Bantom is passionate about how the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging apply to the design disciplines. Together, we will explore the importance of understanding, appreciating, and interacting with people from different cultural backgrounds to achieve outcomes that honor humanity and resonate in our increasingly global economy. She will discuss what it means to design with cultural competence, why it’s important, and share practices of culturally competent designers.

This session will highlight real-life case studies of culturally incompetent design and address various ways that culture and design intersect in the local DC area. The session will also include an interactive component for exploring what it looks like for designers to address challenges around culture as they arise.


Date & Time

Sunday, October 03

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




  • Jessica Bantom

    DEIB Officer & Consultant

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  • About

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    Jessica Bantom is a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging practitioner and interior design/color consultant who uses her facilitation, coaching, change management, and design thinking expertise to help individuals and organizations become more culturally competent.


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.)
  • Zoom’s breakout room technology will be used for this event. If you use assistive technology, such as a screen reader or need live captioning, let us know before or during the event and you can opt to stay in the primary room. The primary room will retain live captioning and will require no additional navigation.
  • Questions for the speaker can be asked live during the event through the chat or by speaking off mute during the Q&A portion of the event.

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:

We honor your privacy. No identifying information like your name is required to request an accommodation, and all details will be deleted once completed.

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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