Recruiting a highly diverse population will not be enough. To tackle the complex challenges of our time, students must be exposed to and understand a broad array of ideas, insights, and cultures. The GSD's degree and non-degree programs are built around the notion that cultural and contextual consciousness is essential to training the next generation of leaders.
To increase the number of minority students applying to design schools, the GSD's pipeline programs expose younger students to the design professions.
Design Discovery: Harvard GSD
Design Discovery: Harvard GSD (formerly Career Discovery) is a six-week studio-based program for participants of all ages who wish to explore design and planning through intensive studio work, lectures, workshops, and field trips. The majority of the students are in college and planning what educational opportunities to pursue or how to specialize their studies.
Several scholarships for minority candidates are available, including the Exuma Fund for Bahamian students and scholarships from the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and Atlanta Center for Creative Inquiry (ACCI).
Design Discovery: Young Adult (YA)
Design Discovery YA (formerly Project Link) is an intensive four-week summer architecture and design studio that seeks to immerse high school students in the world of design. Developed by GSD students as a way to confront the lack of underrepresented minorities in the field, the program introduces teenagers to the possibilities of design with the goal of instilling a passion for design in local communities. In this way, students learn that they have agency over their environments no matter where they come from or what field they choose to pursue.
Now in its sixth year, Design Discovery YA has grown to include over a dozen students each year. In total, 77 students from 24 different Greater Boston schools have participated.