AIGA Minnesota Diversity & Inclusion: Call for Committee Members

July 27, 2017

AIGA Minnesota’s Director of Diversity & Inclusion is seeking to create a committee to help the organization become more inclusive. Participating in the committee will help amplify the positive impact of the national AIGA Task Force within our local chapter.

The committee’s focus would be pointed at access to our organization, improving inclusion efforts of existing programs and events, trainings for our board and members on systemic oppression, the gaining and retention of marginalized creatives, mentorships for leadership positions, and educating our industry on what it means to be inclusive.

Interested in Joining?

If you are interested in becoming a part of the diversity and inclusion efforts within AIGA Minnesota, please email our Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Terresa Hardaway.

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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.