Our Charge

Our charge is to diversify our organization, the design industry, and those that benefit* from or support** the design community by providing resources, fostering spaces for purposeful dialogue, and designing materials that inform and positively change our communities.

*Agencies, businesses, non-profits, organizations, etc.
**Programmers, developers, artists, photographers, etc.

Our Vision

Our vision is for AIGA Minnesota to become an organization that leads the design industry and those that contribute to its making in inclusion* efforts for our leadership, members, and current events.

*Inclusion of marginalized voices within race, ethnicity, abilities, gender, sexuality, religion, age, location, economics, education, and experience level.

Meeting Times

Meetings are on second Mondays from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. You can join us virtually via google hangouts or in two physical spaces in Minneapolis or Duluth.

Join Us

If you’re interested in creating positive change throughout our organization and industry by increasing marginalized representation and retention, join our committee.

Contact Leadership

Terresa Hardaway
Terresa Hardaway
Directory of Diversity and Inclusion
Terresa Hardaway is a professor, community empowered, visual communications designer, fashion designer and naptural hair enthusiast. She graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and minor in African-American Studies from the University of North Texas in 2008. In 2009, Terresa was selected to be a part of the apparel and graphic design department at MTC Marketing, Inc. in Dallas, Texas where she lead the women’s and children’s sportswear categories and designed promotional materials for licensed product on behalf of NFL, NHL, and NCAA for over five years. She completed her Master of Fine Arts in Design with a concentration in Design Research and a minor in Anthropology from the University of North Texas in 2015. Terresa’s thesis Project Naptural is about natural hair and its effects on the identity of Black women and the ways design might assist in informing the Black community about affordances that naptural hair allows. She ended her candidacy at UNT with an informational graphic poster exhibition and a prototype of a mobile application that will catalog the allowances that Black women have with their naptural hair.

Currently, Terresa helps to positively affect the lives of young men and women interested in design and design/marketing as an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her design research interests include; Black natural hair, empowering marginalized communities, socially conscience design, racism in graphic design, police brutality and rewriting denigrating social narratives. She includes these interests in her classroom by assigning projects that allow students to explore their interests and use their uniques voices as designers to affect positive change in communities unlike their own. She continues her own research on these topics by working individually, with a number of academics across the country, presenting at conferences and by connecting with surrounding organizations that represent people of color to use design as a means of opportunity and access for communities that might not otherwise have one.