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Dr. Terrell Strayhorn

Director, Center for the Study of HBCUs, Professor of Education and Psychology; Principal Investigator, The Belonging Lab

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Dr. Terrell Lamont Strayhorn is one of the world’s most prolific and influential scholars in the fields of education, psychology, and the academic study of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB).

Named of the nation's "Top Diversity Scholars" by Diverse Issues in Higher Education and an award-winning "Bridge-Builder" between academic- and student affairs by one of ACPA's commissions, Strayhorn has authored 13 books, including the award-winning College Students' Sense of Belonging (2nd ed, 2019), and over 200+ peer-reviewed journal articles and academic publications. His research has been cited, endorsed, or financially supported by over $10 million from the most premiere agencies in the world including Lumina Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, National Science Foundation, to name a few.

One of his core passions is translating research-to-practice in ways that improve the material conditions and lived experiences of our most vulnerable populations in society. He accomplishes this mission largely through the more than 3000+ public talks, distinguished lectures, and keynotes he has delivered across the globe.

A respected thought-leader and highly-sought expert, Strayhorn's ground-breaking research has been quoted in many outlets including The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post, Higher Ed Dive, Essence, and Diverse Issues, to name a few. He is President and CEO of Do Good Work Consulting Group, a minority-owned business that partners with hundreds of colleges, universities, corporations, and agencies each year to enhance culture, build inclusive environments, and boost belonging in ways that raise morale, increase retention, improve people's journey, and help organizations hit their bottom line. He's a Contributing Writer for Entrepreneur, Thrive Global, AllBusiness, and Psychology Today, where he leads the "Belonging Matters" blog.

Strayhorn is Professor of Education and Psychology; Director of the Center for the Study of HBCUs, and Principal Investigator of The Belonging Lab at Virginia Union University. He is Diversity Scholar-in-Residence at Harrisburg Area Community College, Fellow of AGB's Institute for Leadership & Governance, and member of several non-profit boards including Rainbow Labs, Oregon Outreach Inc, Psychologists of Color Inc., and the MCT Educational Foundation. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.