Diversifying the Interior Design Workforce

Apply lessons learned from historically Black colleges and universities to aid in your recruitment and retention of diverse employees.

When faced with the lack of diversity across the design profession, many firm leaders are motivated to recruit a more diverse workforce. When looking to hire new graduates, consider where and how you are recruiting to reach a more diverse pool of students. If you are only looking at candidates from predominantly white institutions (PWIs), then you may be missing out. Learn where to find diverse talent and how to create a more inclusive culture at your firm by examining best practices from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). With provocative thought starter questions, start to rethink your hiring practices and firm culture to aid in your recruitment and retention of diverse employees. 

Content developed as part of the ASID Ones to Watch Scholars Leadership Development Program, supported by Steelcase and Benjamin Moore. Learn more about ASID Ones to Watch.


What You Will Learn
  • Gain a better understanding of why the interior design profession lacks racial diversity
  • Understand the impact of recruiting exclusively from accredited interior design programs has on workforce diversity
  • Gain insight into the current barriers to entry for licensure and hiring of minority interior designers
  • Describe the differences between Primarily White Institutions (PWI) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  • Recognize how the practices at PWIs and HBCUs can inform the workforce


Continuing Education Approval
  • 1 IDCEC CEU | CC-116348 (Your CEU will be reported to IDCEC on your behalf)


Access Period: One year after registration.

Ngozi Brown, ASID, AIA, NCIDQ, NCARB, NOMA, M. Ed., LEED® AP ND, EDAC, GPCP

Founding Principal/Owner

NBO A+D, PLC

Ngozi Brown is both an NCIDQ-certified interior designer and a licensed architect. She is also a faculty member at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas, where she has taught third-year design studio and a professional elective about spaces of confinement (prisons, ICE facilities, internment camps). Brown is EDAC-certified, and her expertise includes environmental psychology, learning environment design, and evidence-based design. She is a 2019 ASID Ones to Watch Scholar and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Tuskegee University, an HBCU, where she completed her Bachelor of Architecture degree. She also received a Master of Education degree from Concordia University -Portland. She is certified by the United States Green Building Council as a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Neighborhood Design, and is certified by the Green Building Initiative as a Guiding Principles Compliance Professional.  

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This CEU is registered with the International Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) for continuing education credits. This credit will be accepted by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), International Interior Designers Association (IIDA) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC).

The content included is not deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by IDCEC of any material or construction or any method or manner of handling, using distributing or dealing in any material or product.

Questions related to specific materials, methods and services should be directed to the instructor and provider of the CEU.

This program is registered for 1 CEU value. The IDCEC class-code is: CC-116348.

Attendees who do not belong to ASID, IIDA or IDC and do not have a unique IDCEC number will be provided with a Certificate of Completion after this CEU.

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