Professor Gomes Co-Writes Article on Achieving Equity in Design

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Photo of Ricardo Gomes talking to a student
Ricardo Gomes (left) talks to a student at the School of Design Alumni Portfolio Night, November 13, 2017. Photo by Sreang Hok.

MEDIUM -- Anne H. Berry, Jacqueline Francis, Ricardo Gomes, Alicia Olushola Ajayi, Ajay Revels, Jennifer Rittner, Raja Schaar, David J. Walker, Kelly Walters and Michele Washington wrote this piece for Medium. Gomes is a professor in the School of Design at San Francisco State University and founder of BAAD (“Black+Activists+Artists+Designers).

“If you are a leader in the design industry and have not been proactively, structurally establishing equity in a space where you have power, this is for you,” they wrote. “What follows are suggestions for three domains of our industry to initiate meaningful change. These are not detailed prescriptions as much as approaches to change that ask for a radical, collective reckoning on your part. Importantly, this reckoning is intended to activate change, not to manifest more hand-wringing, gestures of support, or conversations that enable inactivity.

“Rather, they fall under the larger rubric of #CedePower.”