We aren’t the first to recognize that the field of design is seriously inequitable, a long-running problem that requires urgent action to address. From the lack of support for BIPOC students interested in a design education, to the need for greater diversity within design corporations, change is critical. And as a leading voice for design globally, MillerKnoll has a responsibility to act.
In seeking change, we at MillerKnoll are fortunate to have the counsel of Stephen Burks, a longtime friend of Herman Miller who first introduced us to Berea and the work of the Student Craft Program. Upon learning more about the rich history of the college—its early advocacy for interracial and coeducational learning, coupled with a democratic approach to tuition—it was impossible not to be inspired to take immediate action in finding opportunities to support Berea’s mission.