Terri Givens has been a visionary leader since early in her career in higher education. Her main goal is to improve access and opportunities for students through the effective use of educational technology. She is an accomplished speaker and uses her platform to develop leaders with an understanding of the importance of diversity and encourages personal growth through empathy.
Terri has founded The Center for Higher Education Leadership. As CEO she is focused on developing a portal for professional development for higher education leaders. She is the former Provost at Menlo College in the San Francisco Bay Area; Professor of Government and European studies at The University of Texas at Austin; Vice Provost overseeing undergraduate curriculum and spearheading global initiatives as its chief international officer; and founding director of the Center for European Studies. She is the author of books and articles on immigration policy, antidiscrimination politics and security issues, including Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe. A lifelong runner, athlete and fitness expert, founder of Take Back the Trail, a fitness program for women in East Austin, director on several nonprofit boards and mom to two amazing young men.
Terri has gone from class president, to team captain, to academic leader. In this talk she explains how her ability to understand others’ perspectives led her to being tapped as a leader throughout her life and how listeners can find their own path to leadership and become champions for inclusiveness.
As a columnist for Inside Higher Ed for over 10 years, Terri has been providing advice to academic leaders on everything from Financial Aid to work/life balance. Terri has worked with groups on a variety of topics including diversity, the transition from high school to college and student success
Terri has been researching and writing about the impact of immigration and race on political systems in the U.S. and Europe for over 20 years. She provides listeners with an understanding of the importance of inclusiveness to our democratic system.