BREAK DOWN BARRIERS,
EMBRACE NEW TALENT
Our goal is to be the guiding force that allows talented individuals to strive in a world that constantly places barriers upon them. We intend to create an experience where underrepresented individuals everywhere can feel educated, inspired, and motivated to pursue whatever their hearts desire. Like a BFF would, we are happy to support our people by whatever means necessary.
Research shows that school districts that are predominately white receive $23 B more in state and local funding than their non-white counterparts. These community wealth gaps put a strain on the amount of resources minorities can receive.
Work compensation for fashion students are so low that students are forced to take out loans and rely heavily on their peers for financial support to complete co-ops required for graduation. This financial burden excludes them from career advancement opportunities
Low-income or working-class students are
under-represented in the intern pool due to their economic status. Immense financial support is needed to thrive in fashion
On average, a Fashion Design Student at the University of Cincinnati pays $37,607.50 for the expenses related to their internship experiences.
A Story Echoed Throughout the Industry
Quieesha F. Burns,
Founder of Corii Burns
There are so many moments in my career where I've been bothered in the industry. An experience that stood out to me was during Fashion Week in NY...
I'm used to being the only black person in the room however, this was different. The show hired about 4 African Americans,1 Asian, and 19 were white. We were all lined up, then separated - front of house vs. back of house assistance. The other racial minorities and myself were sent to work ' back of the house' aka where you are less visible. The white interns worked front of house and in some cases more opportunity to meet VIP and just to be 'on the scene.'
At the moment, I was excited to help because I love fashion...but as I reflected on this experience ...things became more clear. I've decided to help with changing things like this, becoming more racially inclusive is necessary for our industry to grow and to cultivate diverse innovation streams.
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