3D supports all types of diversity, but its current focus is to empower our community so that more Black and Latinx people see themselves as designers. The program is built upon four strategies for engaging with creatives: communications, presence, events, and outreach. Goals are achieved at Dropbox by fostering inclusivity, sharing tips, hosting lunches, and providing support during onboarding, and through outreach efforts such as events, partnerships, recruiting, and publishing.
An effective tactic has been to host small, casual breakfasts in Tuck Shop and invite designers from the community to join us. These sessions usually involve pancakes, coffee, and a table of people nerding out on design stuff. This helps us create a safe space where designers of color can speak openly about their experiences. The overall effect is mutually reinforcing: Dropbox strengthens its internal culture of diversity by promoting diversity within the larger design community as well. Designers of color are also able to broaden their networks and engage in programming that can provide career opportunities.
Another way we promote inclusive thinking within Dropbox is through a tip of the month. At every Design All-Hands, we share one thing each of us can do during the month to boost diversity efforts. For example, instead of linking to your portfolio on social media accounts, share your spotlight by highlighting another site or organization that focuses on diversity. This will help people in your network discover ways they can get involved. It’s simple, low-effort, and impactful.