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Terri Givens, PhD

in conversation with

Rosetta Lee


Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides


Thurs, Oct 28; 7pm-8:15pm PT




Free for member school parents and for educators from member and non-member schools. Registration closes two hours before the start of this event or when maximum registration is reached.

To heal racial divides, Prof. Terri Givens proposes radical empathy –a process of moving beyond an understanding of others’ lives and pain to understand the origins of our unconscious biases.  Givens, a political scientist with more than 30 years in higher education and international affairs, focuses on the importance of diversity in leadership.  In her latest book, she begins with six steps to realize and practice radical empathy. In conversation with Rosetta Lee, a diversity and inclusion educator who teaches students about bias and navigating courageous and difficult conversations, they will explore how schools, families and individuals can move towards practicing empathy and taking actions to improve our communities.

About Our Speakers

Terri Givens is the CEO and Founder of Brighter Higher Ed. She is also a political scientist with more than 30 years of success in higher education, politics, international affairs, and non-profits. 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 held leadership positions as Vice Provost at University of Texas at Austin and Provost of Menlo College (first African American and woman); professorships at University of Texas at Austin, and University of Washington. She was the founding director at the Center for European Studies at the University of Texas and led the university’s efforts in Mexico and Latin America as Vice Provost for International Activities. At Menlo College she has led faculty and staff in developing programs for first generation students, updating curriculum and infrastructure for evidence-based assessment.

Terri is the author/editor of books and articles on immigration policy, European politics and security. Her most recent book is the memoir, Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides.

Rosetta Lee serves dual roles at Seattle Girls’ School, an innovative junior high school dedicated to empowering diverse women leaders and devoted to an anti-bias mission.  As a faculty member, Rosetta teaches subjects including science, math, technology, art, ethics and social justice.  As a professional outreach specialist, she designs and delivers trainings for the school community, as well as local and national educational nonprofits.

Since 2004, Rosetta has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of topics, including cross cultural communication, identity development, implicit and unconscious bias, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, and bullying in schools.  Rosetta has presented at numerous conferences and nonprofit organizations such as the White Privilege Conference, Junior League, and City Year.  She has also worked with over 300 K-12 public and independent schools throughout the country, as well as colleges and universities. She has served on the faculty of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Diversity Leadership Institute, and NAIS' diversity think-tank cadre, Call to Action. 

Rosetta has served as President on the Board of Directors of SMARTgirls, a Director on the Board of the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR), Chair of the 2006 Seattle Expanding Your Horizons Conference, Co-Chair of the 2006 NAIS People of Color Conference, Think Tank Member of the 2012 NAIS Annual Conference, and as a trainer/facilitator with the National Coalition Building Institute. Rosetta is the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Partner in Education Award from the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research and recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Teacher Award for the Washington Federation of Independent Schools.

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