Ever wonder what Southwestern professors do in their spare time? In an interview with Alicia Moore, associate professor of education, we learn that her talents and passions extend well beyond the classroom.
Terri R. Johnson is the Assistant Dean for Student Multicultural Affairs at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Her major duties include managing the Cross Cultural Center and providing diversity education programming and services for the campus community. Terri also serves as the advisor for the Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice an umbrella organization for nine cultural and identity student organizations. The organization focuses on diversity, inclusion social justice, activism and education.
Terri has worked for over twenty years in higher education with a special emphasis on historically underrepresented populations. Terri has worked in the areas of Women’s and Gender Studies, First Generation College Students, Nontraditional College Students and Diversity and Multicultural Education. 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 degree and Master’s degree. Terri 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 and has continued her education through trainings, workshops, seminars, webinars and classes advancing her skills and development. After attending the “Teaching Peace in the 21st Century” Summer Institute for Faculty, she also received a certificate in Peace Studies Program Development from The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She has worked in non-profits and 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 working with students, staff and faculty in university settings and working in the community. Terri has taught in the classroom and facilitated conversations on diversity in the residence halls, with athletes, fraternities, sororities and numerous student and community organizations. Terri is the author of three books of poetry and a children’s book.
Terri is a past member of the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity and is a current member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and National Women’s Studies Association(NWSA). Terri is passionate about charitable organizations that promote breast cancer awareness, women’s rights, civil rights and education. Terri has created workshops and facilitated retreats on women and diversity leadership, microaggressions, stereotypes and identity. Terri has presented nationally and internationally on diversity topics and is considered a high energy speaker and motivator. She has received numerous awards during her tenure in higher education including the 2009 - 2010 Ayne Cantrell Award for Outstanding Service to the Middle Tennessee State University Women’s Studies Program, 2002 Student Leadership Appreciation Award and 2003 Woman of the Year Honoree at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and the 2012 - 2013 Student Organization Advisor of the Year at Southwestern University. Terri enjoys writing poetry, traveling, volunteering, flower gardening, taking nature and 5K walks, taking classes, reading and researching her family history.