ETSU awarded the director of the office of multicultural affairs, the Staff Woman of the Year award.
Laura Terry began working at ETSU as an admissions counselor in 1987. In 1994, she took the position as director of multicultural affairs. Terry is known for her dedication to her position and passion for her students.
Not only does Terry play a key role as adviser of Black Affairs Association and Gospel Choir, but she also advises the Chinese Student Scholars, South Asian Cultural Exchange, Hispanic American Student Community Alliance and many other special interest groups throughout campus.
Freshman Halley Trent has grown close to Terry.
“Mrs. Terry is a dedicated woman who shows understanding, compassion and love to every student she comes in contact with,” Trent said.
Terry is an advocate and ally to underrepresented students at ETSU. She strives to achieve a universally accepting and culturally diverse campus. Terry is known for seeing potential in every student and encourages students to embrace that potential.
In an interview with Terry, she said her passion stems from her parents.
“My mom and dad always told us that no matter what, you should carry yourself with pride,” Terry said. “But it’s important to always get to know other people’s heart. Getting to know someone from the bottom of their heart is important, and it’s important to always remember to love people.”
Terry has helped Multicultural Affairs put on many very successful events in the last year. Some of those events include the Multicultural Showcase, a fashion show and many events during Black History Month and Civility Week.
Terry said she was honored to receive the Staff Woman of the Year award.
“I never imagined to be awarded anything of that caliber,” Terry said. “I’m honored to have had this experience and to feel so appreciated.”
Freshman Jeremiah Pearson, active member of both Gospel Choir and Black Affairs Association, however, was not shocked to hear of Terry’s recognition.
“She absolutely deserves it,” Pearson said. “She is a hard-working woman who helps students make their dreams and ideas become a reality.”