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Diversity Drives Creativity

Creating a Sustainable DEI Culture at Your Agency

*Grow from Strong Roots: Foundations of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Too often, studios, agencies and creative spaces embrace the idea of diversity, but have a difficult time in hiring and retaining BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and LGBTQ+ management and staff. Organizations and teams that leverage diversity are more creative, more collaborative, and better at solving problems. When companies are able to create actions toward becoming more diverse and inclusive, they perform better. EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) are more than words, they are a call to action. There is much at stake in the world for justice, liberation, and creative freedom for Black and Indigenous folks, POC, LGBTQ+, and folks living at an intersection. Leaders sometimes jump to problem solving without doing the imperative, individual self work required to help us imagine solutions that come forth in unexpected and different ways.

Those in leadership positions are at the helm of the policies and practices that create company culture, recruit, nurture, and retain. The ability to begin seeing the world through a clear EDI lens will lay the foundation for a more equitable creative environment.

Join our equity experts in a thought-provoking introductory two hour workshop that will help you better examine and understand EDI. We will explore and examine the questions:

•What is equity?

•Ways inclusion impact diversity

•Begin to build an awareness of people from marginalized backgrounds, specifically BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), LGBTQ+ and/or folks sitting at an intersection.

For the workshop to be effective, we ask that both a decision-maker (Partner, CEO or Department Head) and a Hiring Manager/HR Lead (if one exists) register for the workshop, in addition to anyone else who is interested in helping to lead the effort. This workshop is a foundational introduction to EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion), and is a space for personal growth and self-reflection as one part of a larger program for change.

Technical details: Attendees will receive a workshop digital information packet starting Friday July 31st.

*7/28 -We like to note that the description above has been updated in reflection of current climate.


Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm


Virtual Event



We Are HERE is a new collective of designers, illustrators, makers, creatives and beyond, who are POC (people of color) and LGBTQ+. We want to remove the veil in Portland. This collective was formed specifically for POC and LGBTQ+ folks who wish to take action on the questions: “Where are the designers, illustrators and creatives who are people of color and the LGBTQ+ in Portland?” and “How can we increase our visibility and impact?” We aim to move beyond a discussion about the lack of diversity in the creative industries, and become part of a movement to showcase and grow the visibility of creatives of color (COC) and LGBTQ+ creatives impacting Portland today.