Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We at HA ThirtyOne believe that all people deserve to be treated with fairness, respect, dignity and compassion. Because systemic racism and oppression remain pervasive within society, we see opportunities to positively impact culture and the national conversation through our work in higher education. And because we strongly believe that principles are only as good as the actions they drive, we pledge to challenge our own implicit biases by seeking out opportunities to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion through cultural competency and antiracist practices, engagement and advocacy. With this statement we promise ourselves, our partners and our clients to take measurable steps to make our company, our industry and the world around us more aware, compassionate, and inclusive. We invite our colleagues to join us in this endeavor and to hold us accountable.
Where Our Work Begins:

For us, this means recognizing the unique opportunities we have to engage our own organization, our clients, and our partners in these efforts. To help hold ourselves accountable and offer ideas for others engaged in anti-racist and DEI work, we share a list of recent actions and initiatives:

  • AMA Diversity-Driven Marketing Symposium | 02.28.24
  • Inclusive Design & Creating Content for Everyone | 09.07.23 | Led by Dana Rock, Picklejar Comms
  • Inclusive Images for Social Sector Communications | 07.19.23 | Led by Minal Bopaiah, Brevity & Wit; Acacia Betancourt, Brevity & Wit; John Hodgins, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Mission, Vision, and Values Development | Sept 2022
  • Group read, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, by Heather McGhee | June – Sept 2022
  • ADEI Policy Development Meeting | 05.19.22
  • ADEI Policy Development Meeting | 04.06.22
  • Development of ADEI resource list (influential media and content) | 03.11.22
  • ADEI Statement Review and Development Meeting | 01.27.22
  • Disability Inclusion in the Workplace, featuring Brett Heising of BrettApproved (courtesy of Creative Circle) | webinar | 01.26.22
  • ADEI Inquiry Included in Potential Partner Due Diligence | 12.20.21
  • Meeting to discuss report and plan next steps | 12.20.21
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Antiracist Internal Analysis and Summary Report Review Meeting | Facilitated by Advancing Lives, LLC | 12.13.21
  • Antiracist & DEI Company Survey and Individual Interviews | October – November 2021
  • HA ThirtyOne Partners with Advancing Lives, LLC for Antiracist & DEI Guidance & Facilitation | September 2021
  • Providing mentorship as part of 100Knoxville | April 2021
  • Success in 90 – Difficult Conversations with Team Members, featuring Colber Prosper Prosper & Partners, LLC (courtesy of Blount Partnership) | webinar | March 2021
  • Joined Minority-Serving CyberInfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) | 2021
  • Began Collaborations & Support for the Minority-Serving CyberInfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) | 2020