James helps launch a mentorship program

Members of ‘Black Students in Design’ [BSD] at the University of Toronto – which was founded by Bermudian Clara James – has launched a “new initiative to support young black students interested in the fields of architecture and design”.

The University of Toronto website said: “On January 22, members of the Daniels Black Students in Design group [BSD] launched a new initiative to support young black students interested in the fields of architecture and design. The mentorship program, called Building Black Success through Design [BBSD]is the first of its kind at the Daniels faculty.

Three members of the BSD — [from left] Renée Powell-Hines, Vienna Holdip [on the phone] and Clara James – meet at Daniels Faculty, image via University website

“We are incredibly excited to launch Building Black Success through Design,” said Clara James, Founder and President of BSD. “Through a lot of hard work and collaboration between BSD members and the Daniels Outreach Office, we were able to develop a mentorship program dedicated to building personal relationships among Black college and high school students.”

“The inaugural cohort of the program includes six high school students from the Greater Toronto Area and one from Calgary. Centered around a design competition, the program guides mentees through every step of the design process as they work to create individual submission packages. They will be mentored over the next two months by six BSD members, including James,” the website states.

Building Black Success Through Design BBSD February 2022

“Among the exercises that high school students will participate in are design and technical workshops with other groups of students. [such as Applied Architecture & Landscape Design], lectures by Daniels faculty members, and sessions with black design professionals. Entrants will present their final projects at a showcase with prizes the week following March Break.

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