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Terra Brister

Student Engagement Coordinator

Terra Brister

I received my Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2015. I majored in Sociology and designed m own minor in Afro-American Studies. Then in 2019 I received my Master’s of Education from the University of Kansas.

Life before CBS…
My passion is supporting young people to met their dreams and goals while always centering joy. The majority of my professional experience has been spent supporting young people in after school programs and community centers.

Adjusting to college life…
Adjusting to college life was a little difficult as I moved 7 hours from home and attend a predominately white institution. After finding a few amazing humans to be in community with and involved in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, I was able to survive and live 4 years in a small town. This would be true for my graduate program as well, I took a break in between and upon returning I found some amazing humans and places that would love me in my fullness and make space for me to be myself without the filters. Look for and create those spaces for yourself, they will be your pockets of joy!

Favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of this role is seeing students smile and laugh, it reminds me why I chose higher education.

Current passions, hobbies, things that give you joy?
BOOKS, I decided in 2019 to take back my love of reading and reading authors of color who wrote stories about folx who looked similar to me! I recommend reading “We Want to Do More Than Survive” by Dr. Bettina L. Love, it is the most reaffirming book I have ever read. I also enjoy the gym, hanging with my siblings, cooking, and hosting community spaces for my friends and I.

Be on the lookout for...
My colorful quote wall, I like to put up quotes I have heard from people in various spaces I am in. Also, be on the look out for all the snacks and fidget items in my office, I believe food builds community!


3-104 MCB
420 Washington Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455