Office of Diversity Education

Office Staff and Student Directors


Terri Johnson, Assistant Dean for Student Multicultural Affairs

Terri began her position in July, 2011 as the Assistant Dean for Student Multicultural Affairs at Southwestern University.Terri is originally from Louisiana but has also lived in Tennessee, Indiana and Michigan. Terri has worked for many years in higher education with a special emphasis on historically underrepresented populations. Terri is very passionate about issues of education, equity, activism and social justice in helping others to succeed. Terri is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan where she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She also has received a diversity training certificate from the National Multicultural Institute for the Training of Trainers III:  Advanced Facilitation Skills for Diversity Trainers in Washington, DC. She has worked in both private and public universities including past positions as the Director of the June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro,Tennessee and Director of Multicultural Affairs at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Terri enjoys writing poetry, traveling, volunteering, taking nature walks, taking classes, reading and researching her family history. Terri is excited about working with the students, staff and faculty at Southwestern University. Terri truly appreciates having the Cross Cultural Center for students to help create a positive safe and brave environment for learning, studying, meetings, sharing personal stories, networking and hosting various events. Terri is the author of three books of poetry  - “Never A Journey Alone:   Even A Strong Woman Cries” (May, 2012),  “Jumping In The Sunshine - Laughter is a Gift”(February, 2013) and “In Between Time - Keeping Your Head Up - When the Sun Goes Down” (2014).  Terri was also named the 2012 - 2013 - Advisor of the Year for her work with the Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice at the Student Leadership Awards sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa.

Terri can be contacted at (512)-863-1342 or


MADELINE (Maddie) CARROLA, Student Director

Majors: Feminist Studies and Sociology

Year: Class of 2019

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Organizations and Offices:

  • Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice

  • Student Foundation

  • SU Planned Piratehood

  • Korouva Milk Bar

About Me:

I’m a second-year student double-majoring in Feminist Studies and Sociology.  My passion for social justice has also led me to pursue a work-study in the Office of Diversity Education, where I work with the Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice—a student organization on campus dedicated to promoting social justice.  Although I have yet to discover my post-college ambitions, activism, compassion, and writing will always have a special place in my life.  In addition, my experiences in youth education and civic participation have inspired me to continue working in these areas to help build even stronger communities.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, making origami, and participating in various student organizations.   


BRANDON BACCAM, Student Director for Trainings

Majors: Kinesiology

Year: Class of 2018

Hometown: Katy, TX

Organizations and Offices:

  • Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice

  • Asian Student Association

  • Alpha Phi Omega

About Me:

I am third year student that loves learning new ideas and meeting new people. Though my major is science related I have strong passion and respect for the humanities, especially sociology. Being part of CDJS has helped me be more involve and open with Southwestern and I hope that I can help others see the value of ODE and CDSJ as well.


KATARINA ASHOUR, Student Director

Major: Animal Behavior
Year: Junior
Hometown: Epping, NH
          University Programming Council
          Kappa Delta Chi
I’m a junior studying animal behavior to work in wildlife rehabilitation and release when I graduate. I picked Southwestern specifically for Animal Behavior and since then have joined Kappa Delta Chi and the University Programming Council, which I have been a member of since my freshman year. I have a strong passion for conservation biology and social issues, as well as I strong love of travel. Since starting school I have studied abroad in London and am planning more study abroad trips for summer ’17 to China, and hopefully the summer I graduate to Jordan, where my family is from, so I can further develop my Arabic. In the future, I hope to work with African animals and increase their wild populations, specifically Lions. I want to help educate locals in the area I work about how to live in environments with these animals in ways that promote a symbiotic relationship between the people and animals. I hope to do this by increasing their awareness of how they affect their environment. As Africa is such a unique place, many of the animals are struggling to adapt and survive in the wild because of severe drought and habitat loss. My hope is to assist those already out there in keeping these populations from going extinct in the wild.