About QTBIPOC Design

Providing LGBTQ+ designers of color with free and accessible education, mentorship, and networking opportunities.

Vision

We strive to instill confidence in our community by empowering the next generation of QTBIPOC (queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, and people of color) with the knowledge and tools to excel within the design industry.

Mission

By educating and empowering marginalized communities through our workshops and masterclasses, we hope to make design teams more equitable by infusing the design industry with more diverse perspectives.

Core Principle

We make inclusivity and equity a practice rather than just a principle. We ground our everyday practices in creating a safe space for every race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, background, and disability.

Values

Trust

We value transparency and truthfulness, even when it’s difficult.

Honesty

We conduct our work with integrity and accountability.

Compassion

We empathize, listen, and provide space for our community.

Openness

We accept that there are many ways to reach the same goal.

Creativity

We encourage experimenting and collaborating in order to bridge communication.

Team

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Steven Wakabayashi

He/him

Founder

After years of leading design and UX with many notable brands and agencies, Steven always noticed the lack of diversity within the creative teams. And in hiring, there was always a severe deficit of diverse talent. QTBIPOC Design was founded to provide education and community for those less represented within our design industry.

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Mahogany Breaux

She/her

Operations Director

Mahogany is a UX Designer who is proud to represent her different cultures and offer a diverse perspective towards design. While participating in QTBIPOC Design, she hopes to become a voice for underrepresented groups and help deliver social impact to people in her communities.

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Liz Brown

She/her

Education Director

Liz is a UX Researcher and Human-Centered Designer. Passionate about treating all humans with respect, dignity, and love. She believes in communities that empower and support underrepresented people.

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Kenny Cheng

He/him

Community Director

Kenny is a UX/UI Designer passionate about advocating for diverse and historically underrepresented communities through design and social justice. He is excited to be a part of the QTBIPOC Design community and to be able to support other LGBTQ+ designers of color!

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Clarissa Diaz

She/her

Research Director

Clarissa is an analyst and professional tinkerer. She is passionate about creating educational opportunities for marginalized communities.

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Stefan Kovalik

He/him

Technology Director

Stefan is a UX designer and creative consultant with ten years of work experience, specializing in the conception, design, development, analysis, and improvement of user’s experiences.

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Jaimie Lake

She/her

Creative Brand Director

Jaimie earned her BFA from the Communication Arts Department (2011) of Savannah College of Art & Design. With illustration and graphics design as Jaimie’s educational background, her recent endeavors include curating digital atmospheres by leaning on strategic brand identity.

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Ivan Lam

He/him

Experience Director

Ivan is a UX designer committed to inspiring and enabling everyone to fulfill their potential and live their best life.

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Wren Lee

They/them

Committee Member

Wren is a designer, storyteller, and activist using design to impact social change. They’re passionate about creating intersectional and inclusive spaces such as QTBIPOC Design to empower folxs in marginalized communities.

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Shan Naziripour

He/him

Social Director

Shan is an engineer, artist, and funny person. He believes people need safe spaces and QTBIPOC Design gives that very important space for growth and learning.

Interested in joining our team? Contact us at [email protected].