From all of us in the College of Design, thank you so much for your generous contribution to our Design Closet 2020 crowdfunding campaign. With the participation of 25 donors, we raised $2,560 — that's 128% of our original $2,000 goal and even surpasses our $2,500 extended goal! We are deeply grateful for the enthusiastic response to this project.
Our students will benefit immediately from your support as we will be able to purchase introductory DSN S 131 supply kits for spring semester, materials for student projects in DSN S 102 and Design Store gift cards to help students buy other specific supplies required for their courses.
We'll also have funds available to support advanced students who may be entering their work in competitions or seeking opportunities to attend (virtual) conferences or other professional development activities. Zach Frazier, a third-year graduate student in graphic design from Tulsa, Oklahoma, received Design Closet assistance to attend the Black in Design 2019 conference on "Black Futurism: Creating a More Equitable Future" at Harvard University Graduate School of Design last year.
"Seeing people from other design programs who look like me, doing the things I'm doing and caring about the same things, was really important. One of the speakers said we have to live in a Black present if we want to live in a Black future, which means we need to model it now," Zach says.
At the conference, Zach was able to network with key people doing similar research into African American under-representation in design and meet Black faculty from other institutions. He is interested in teaching at the university level and appreciates the contacts he made and the chance to discuss his own work. Thanks to your support of this year's Design Closet campaign, more students like Zach will have opportunities to participate in activities that expand their knowledge and help them gain recognition beyond the Iowa State campus.
Check back here for occasional updates on the impact of your support. We also accept in-kind donations of art and design materials and supplies any time throughout the year. Please contact Jordan Brooks, email@example.com, for more information. Thank you again!