OCAD University’s Dori Tunstall, Dean of the Faculty of Design, was awarded the “2020 Community Influencer Award” at the 5th annual Black Diamond Ball on February 29, 2020.
A design leader, professional design anthropologist, advocate and educator, Dr. Tunstall joined OCAD University in 2016, as Dean of Design. She plays a vital role in steering aspects of the academic and administrative agendas within the Faculty of Design, as well as related research, outreach, fundraising and operational activities.
The Black Diamond Ball event was billed as “the most exclusive event for Black History Month.” Produced by ArtXperiential Projects, a not-for-profit organization with the mission to support emerging and established artists across various media, the event is a fundraiser for youth initiatives.
This year, the event supported OCAD U’s Black Youth Design Initiative through the 100 x 100 Black Sparks Movement, which brings awareness and support to Black youth in design and the arts.
The Black Sparks fundraising campaign seeks to recruit 100 Black leaders who will commit to contributing $100 CAD a month in support of OCAD University’s Black students, faculty, staff and community partners. It’s a part of the transformational fundraising effort known as Ignite Imagination: The Campaign for OCAD University.