Office of Diversity Education

Office Staff


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 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 and safe environment for learning, studying, 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 is currently a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity.

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


Patrick Garza, Student Director

Major: Environmental Studies

Year: Class of 2016

Organizations and Offices:

  • SU Animal Alliance (Fall 2012 – Spring 2016)

    • Founder and President (Fall 2012 – Spring 2015)

    • Senior Advisor (Fall 2015 – Spring 2016)
  • Pirates for Pride (Fall 2012 – Fall 2015)

    • Vice President (Fall 2014 – Fall 2015)

  • SU NATIVE (Fall 2012 – Spring 2016)

    • President (Fall 2015 – Spring 2016)
    • Vice President (Fall 2014 – Spring 2015)
    • Treasurer (Fall 2013 – Spring 2014)

    • Internal Publicity Chair (Spring 2013)

  • Cat Partners of SU (Fall 2012 – Spring 2016)

    • Senior Advisor (Fall 2015 – Spring 2016)
    • Colony Chair (Fall 2014 – Spring 2015)
  • Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice (Fall 2012 – Spring 2016)

    • SU NATIVE Representative (Fall 2013 – Spring 2016)

  • Diversity Enrichment Committee (Spring 2013 – Spring 2016)

    • CDSJ Representative (Fall 2014 – Spring 2016)

  • Community Chest Commitee (Fall 2014 – Spring 2016)
    • CDSJ Representative (Fall 2014 – Spring 2016)
  • SU Interfaith Dialogues (Fall 2012 – Fall 2014)
    • Leader of Collaboration (Fall 2014)

  • Asian Student Association (Fall 2012 – Fall 2015)

  • EBONY (Fall 2012 – Fall 2015)

  • Latinos Unidos (Fall 2012 – Fall 2015)

  • SU Advocates (Fall 2012 – Spring 2014)

About Me:

I have been a member of the Coalition of Diversity and Social Justice and Diversity Enrichment Committee since first year, and I am excited to be working for the Office of Diversity Education, as well. I am coordinating the Lavender Spaces Program, our Safe Space program for MOGAI students. I wish to go into animal care and animal studies. I am currently looking into grad school for environmental ethics, and my long-term goal is to open or run an animal sanctuary. I am an avid daikaiju fan, my favorites being Mothra and Godzilla. I spend most of my free time hanging out with friends or on tumblr, where I reblog about social justice, animal welfare, the environment, daikaiju, and lately, The Legend of Korra.



Madeline (Maddie) Carrola, Events Coordinator and CDSJ Scheduler

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 first-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.