Now is when we need to come together as a community. Not professionals. Not students. But a community of designers. We should be helping each other create culture, stay relevant and prepare for the future. The blurring of the definitions of what are educational institutions, firms and corporations is a part of our current landscape and we as an organization need to capitalize on this opportunity to engage one another to create positive change in our industry and communities.
The term design has changed and this means designers are popping up in places we have never seen them before. We need to identify future skills, industry opportunities and regional strategies that will propel our part of the country to be more successful and resilient. Let’s work together to develop a plan of action that aligns with who we are and what the Southern region wants to be known for. It will become what we make it. Let’s lead the way and do it together!
I have been active in IDSA for as long as I have been a part of the community. I was a student chapter VP while at Auburn University, a chapter faculty advisor during my time at SCAD. In 2016, I was recognized as Young Educator of the Year by IDSA, and on multiple occasions was a finalist and won IDEAs. I annually attend regional IDSA conferences and every international conference. I have stood on the stage and presented my opinions to you; I have laughed with you at the late night after-parties; and I have carried the banner of IDSA while attending other international conferences and workshops. I have been around enough to know what works and what needs some help. Between what I have learned while engaging with IDSA and what I experience with other international organizations, I know that together we can create a powerful regional presence and help IDSA become more prominently recognized.