Dr. Terri D. Wright has over 18 years of teaching, research and program management experience in higher education. Her passion is helping underrepresented, first generation and low-income students achieve their educational goals in STEM fields and it is her hope to engage more students, particularly girls and minority students to gain interest in STEM. She is currently the assistant dean for access, inclusion and student programs at the University of Colorado Boulder where she oversees a diverse portfolio which includes Enrollment Management, the BOLD Center, Student Professional Programs, Community College STEM Initiatives and Inclusive Culture.
In 2001, Dr. Wright began her career as a consultant in the chemicals industry at one of the “Big Five” IT & management consulting firms, Accenture, Ltd. After returning to academia in 2004, she has taught first-year chemistry and calculus courses at primarily undergraduate institutions and directed several programs where she provided underrepresented students in STEM fields with targeted advising and undergraduate research opportunities.
In 2010, Dr. Wright became the Associate Director for the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement program at the University of Maryland College Park. In this role, she prepared first generation and low-income students for doctoral–level graduate programs and helped to secure a $2M grant from the Department of Education to continue the program. Dr. Wright earned a BA degree in chemistry from Hampton University and Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry from the University of South Carolina.