Building an Equitable Design Community

IIDA NC EDI Mission Statement

The IIDA NC EDI Committee is devoted to IIDA’s Commitment for the sustained, intentional, and organized dismantling of racism in all of its forms and instances. Our EDI Committee strives to nourish, train and uplift all those that add to the culture of the IIDA through progressive values that are correctly acknowledging the need for justice for all in our industry and in our communities.

Why is EDI Important?

We are all humans with unique prospective and different life experiences. It is important for us first to recognize the value of differences, combating discrimination, and promote inclusiveness. EDI fosters higher degrees of engagement, productivity, and innovation that contribute to increased revenue and deeper connections among us.



Upcoming EDI Events

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Past EDI Events

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Sep 20 2023
  • Advocacy EVENT
  • IIDA NC Chapter EVENT
Oct 19 2022
  • Advocacy EVENT
  • IIDA NC Chapter EVENT
Jun 22 2022
  • Advocacy EVENT
  • IIDA NC Chapter EVENT
Sep 29 2021
  • IIDA NC Chapter EVENT
May 18 2021
  • IIDA NC Chapter EVENT
  • Philanthropy EVENT
  • Student EVENT
Apr 27 2021
  • IIDA NC Chapter EVENT
Oct 21 2020
  • IIDA NC Chapter EVENT
Aug 12 2020
  • IIDA NC Chapter EVENT

EDI Committee

We are always looking for more committee members. If you’re interested in forwarding our profession in a conscious way, please join us!

Roderick Allen

Associate Member


Nathasha Cherubin

Industry Member

Assistant VP of EDI

Equity Initiative

About the Initiative

We believe that Interior Design plays a key role in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public, and design has the power to heal and bring people together. However, we must all collectively take action in order to make real progress. Therefore, IIDA Northern California Chapter is launching a series of Equity initiatives to fight against systemic racism in our society and inequity in the interior design field. Please join us in our effort and programs, which will include a conversation series, community outreach, and mentorship programs. 

A Letter From Cheryl Durst

Confronting racism, injustice, and a need for equity is critical to moving forward… We know that design is but one small part of that larger equation—so why not start with the change we can most immediately affect?
Cheryl Durst

Additional Resources

Research & White Papers

Provided by Alexis Goggans, PPC Be Bold Services

Anti-Racism Design Resources

This document is intended to uplift Black design communities, serve as a resource for communities in need of pro bono design services, and serve as a resource to non-Black and white people to deepen our anti-racism work within design disciplines. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media and with your friends, family, and colleagues. 

Link to document

Things to Read, Watch and Listen to


  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • How to be An Anti Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  • Race and Modern Architecture by Irene Cheng, Charles L. Davis II, Mabel O. Wlison


  • Selma
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • 13th
  • The Hate U Give
  • When They See Us
  • Just Mercy
  • Fruitvale Station

Organizations & People to Follow



Bay Area Specific Orgs


Design Specific





Thank you to our 2023 EDI sponsors!


If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor for IIDA NC’s EDI initiatives, please reach out to our VP of Sponsorship

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
Desmond Tutu