Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Lecture

Terryl Ross

Terryl Ross is assistant dean for diversity, equity and inclusion for the University of Washington College of the Environment and has more than 30 years of experience related to equity and social justice. Specifically, he specializes in examining the intersectionality of race, changing demographics, emerging trends, higher education and new media. He has been the founder and director of Mosaic Nation, the director of community and diversity at Oregon State University, the regional affairs manager at the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, AmeriCorps director, and a military intelligence officer for the U.S. Army.

Ross has worked and volunteered in a variety of settings including college student body president, DJ, head football coach, documentary filmmaker, soldier, professor and leader in local and national campaigns. He has been awarded Newcomer of the Year by the Seattle Chapter of Public Relations Society of America, Volunteer of the Year by the UW Alumni Association and the UW Distinguished Alumni Award. He also has been featured in the Seattle Times for his commitment to social justice. He is a senior fellow of the Oregon American Leadership Forum, Class 21.  

He believes the 21st century will be a time of scarcity and reduction, resulting in a struggle between those who want to bring people together and those who want to divide people. He believes people are ready to come together in a new way to build learning communities and proactively make social justice a reality in America. He is completing his first book, The Rise of the Others and the Quest for Power.

Ross received his MA from Syracuse University and completed his Ph.D. in educational and communications technology at the University of Washington.