About QTBIPOC Design

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


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.


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.



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


We conduct our work with integrity and accountability.


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


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


We encourage experimenting and collaborating in order to bridge communication.


Steven Wakabayashi
Steven Wakabayashi



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.

Kenny Chang
Kenny Cheng


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


Research Director

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

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Ivan Lam


Experience Director

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

Stefan Kovalik
Stefan Kovalik


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.

Interested in joining our team? Contact us at info@qtbipoc.design.