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 and brave 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 can be contacted at (512)-863-1342 or tjohnson@southwestern.edu

 
 

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.   

 

NYOKABI KAMAU, Student Director

Major: Bachelors of Science in Biology 

Year: Class of fall 2016

Hometown: Rockwall, TX

Organizations and Offices:

  • Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ)

-Past Co-Chair (2015-2016)

  • Encouraging Blacks and Others to Never Yield (EBONY)

-Past President (2014-2016), Current Co-Chair (fall 2016)

  • Upsilon Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

-Current Tamiouchos/ Philactor (2016)

  • Beta Beta Beta (Tri Beta)
  • Sailors and Sirens A’capella Group
  • Operation Achievement


Finding the Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice and the Office of Diversity Education has enhanced my experience here at SU, and has given me a place I can call home. I was attracted to the spaces that focused on celebrating diversity and acknowledging the different social justice issues various communities face. I was afraid Southwestern University wouldn’t have a place for me, but the Office of Diversity Education grew my voice and confidence. That’s why I happily work at the Office of Diversity Education. Everyone can find there place in the battle for social justice or at least do their part to understand one another. Currently my interests are in biology, medicine, and how our socioeconomic status/environments shape our health.  My goal is to become a physician and work in lower income communities to address/work on healthcare disparities. I enjoy music/singing, reading, food, shopping, deep conversations and binge watching t.v. shows!

 

MEILI CRIEZIS, Student Director

My name is Meili Criezis and I’m currently a fourth year student double-majoring in International Studies and French. My parents adopted me from China at 11 months and I grew up in Houston, Texas. My paternal grandparents are from Greece and Turkey and my mom’s side of the family have roots from the Czech Republic.
After graduation, I’m interested in pursuing a career involving international relations with a social justice aspect much in part to my personal background. Being a member of the Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) and Asian Student Association (ASA) has given me the opportunity to explore my own personal identity as well as learn about an array of topics relating to social justice work. I look forward to my last year here at Southwestern and I know I will miss this university after graduation!

 

VERONICA ESPINOSA, Student Director for Spring Breakaway

 Veronica Espinosa is a sophmore violinist that is majoring in Music Education. Born and raised in Austin Texas she has been involved in many musical activities since middle school and throughout high school. Learning about veganism in the summer of 2015 broaden her interest to other social justice issues, such as animal wellfare and enivornmental degradation. By being passionate about community involvement and the importance of music is why she is involved in SEAK and Delta Omicron, and is going to, in the near future, start her own vegan club RAVE (Raising Awareness about Veganism to Everyone.)