The Black Students in Design, formally the Black Students at Daniels, was founded in July 2020, and was made to uplift, support and create space for Black and Indigenous Students within the professional design industry. What was once a group for Black students attending the Daniels Faculty became a larger club that eventually grew to include design students across Canada. BSD hosts monthly events for their members during the school year to give students a safe place to unwind and have engaging conversations with their fellow members.
Between Movie Nights, Sip and Paints, Design and Equity discussions, as well as Career Talks with design professionals, BSD members are provided with a range of opportunities that the BSD team felt Black and Indigenous students did not have enough access to.
The BSD team now continues to grow and diversify their initiatives, starting with a newly- created Membership Program! With the support of an APUF grant and the Daniels Faculty, the BSD team coordinated and launched a membership program called Building Black Success through Design (BBSD) that gives Black and Indigenous highschool students the opportunity to be mentored by students and alumni from the Daniels Faculty, and participate in a design competition. Stay tuned for more events and initiatives to come!