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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice

Tapping into the POUR Principles

How accessibility fundamentals can expand your audience

June 28, 2024

Your website may be visually striking, filled with valuable content, and capable of attracting an audience, but is it inclusive and accessible to everyone who might visit it? Despite the critical importance of digital accessibility, there is a fair amount of work to be done before truly accessible websites are embraced as the status quo, so it’s important to recognize where your own site may need improvements. While there are many small details that can make this process feel overwhelming, grouping accessibility requirements according to the principles of POUR can help provide clarity. We explore what each of these principles represent and how they can help expand your audience.

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The Future of Design: Advocating for Diversity Through the Manitoba Studio Fund

Exploring the goals and impact of a collaborative scholarship initiative

April 24, 2024

One scholarship program alone can’t erase the systemic barriers faced by aspiring designers who identify as Black, Indigenous or as a person of color, but through the Manitoba Studio Fund, we’re addressing the issue head-on. In collaboration with Design Professionals of Canada and six other Manitoba-based design studios, the fund was established four years ago and has since awarded $9,000 to eight student recipients. We take a deeper look at the goals and impact of the scholarship.

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Pursuing Digital Accessibility: A Pathway to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Why building accessible websites is critical to diversity, equity, and inclusion

January 16, 2024

As we increasingly rely on digital platforms and content to perform daily tasks, do business, and connect with others, a digital world that is accessible becomes even more imperative.

We’ve seen progress with accessibility in the physical world, thanks to the principles of universal design conceived by architects, product designers, and environmental design researchers. But as the distinctions between what we do online and offline are increasingly blurring, the web and web technologies have to catch up. 

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Earth Month Musings

Sharing more than beautiful landscapes

April 24, 2023

Earth Day provided us with a humbling lesson this year that is worth sharing with our community. Without much forethought, we planned a photo slideshow to celebrate the “beautiful places that inspire our team to stay committed to sustainability.” And then we realized a glaring blind spot.

View of the Earth at night from space

Cultivating a Diverse Web Design and Development Team

Tips and insights from Mangrove's leaders

January 9, 2022

Cultivating and celebrating diversity is a top priority for Mangrove, and as we’ve evolved our business, we’ve worked to formalize our commitments to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

mangrove team on zoom

How our Agency is Supporting Women in Tech and Beyond

Why it matters

September 21, 2021

As a women-led business, our team is committed to supporting other women in the workforce and within our communities, but the reasons go far beyond old-fashioned feminism. Supporting other women is smart business that has positive ripple effects on our society and our planet.

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Hack the Hood: A Need-to-Know Nonprofit That’s Diversifying Tech

Creating a Path for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous Communities in Tech

March 4, 2021

Since 2019, Mangrove has proudly supported Oakland, CA-based nonprofit Hack the Hood, an organization that empowers communities of color to succeed in tech careers. We recently had the opportunity to meet Anina Tweed, their Director of Development, and asked her to share more about the organization’s current vision and programs.

Diverse Learners at Hack the Hood

Client Spotlight: World Trust

Breaking Barriers for a More Equitable Future

February 15, 2017

World Trust is a leading organization in social justice. They work with clients to address systemic racism and unconscious bias, by creating workshops, films, and a robust curriculum that gives people the tools to learn and evolve. Mangrove Web has worked with them to create an online presence for their groundbreaking materials.

Shakti Butler on stage

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