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.