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Assistant Professor, Graphic Design
Terresa Hardaway is an assistant professor of graphic design in the UMD Department of Art & Design. She also serves as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for AIGA Minnesota. She graduated with her BFA in Fashion Design and minor in African-American Studies from the University of North Texas in 2008. She completed her MFA in Design Research and a minor in Anthropology from UNT 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. Her design research interests include; Black natural hair, empowering marginalized communities, socially conscious 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 unique 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 and other marginalized voices to use design as a means of opportunity and access for communities that might not otherwise have one.