As of late, encouraging diversity in the fields of graphic design, web development, and web design has become an important topic of discussion. There’s a focus on what’s known as the “pipeline problem” for elementary, middle, and high school students, but where do HBCUs fall along this pipeline?

For prospective students, it may be difficult for them to find the best ones that offer the types of programs they need to get into these industries. With a little research, I found several HBCUs with strong design and development programs. Take a look at the list below and let me know your thoughts.

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Over the past decade, a large number of churches have started using websites, social media, and graphic design to spread the word of God, increase their membership, raise funds, and help keep their members and the community informed on the latest events and happenings. Churches still serve as the cornerstone for most African-Americans to keep them informed not only on spiritual matters, but matters in the community and the world. Before developing or rebuilding a website, ministries must consider the size, socioeconomic status, age, gender, and race of their communities and  target audiences to have a better understanding of their members needs and how a church website should be utilized to reach their target audiences.

How should web designers collaborate with Black churches to get their messages across to people in the community? Are there certain messages and media that need to be emphasized in web design that churches in other cultures don’t necessarily address? Here are three factors to consider when creating websites for Black churches.