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Terri D. Slaughter


Terri comes to MDOT from the Youth Development, Education, and Retention Strategy Group (YDER), where she was the founder and principal. As a chief executive with YDER, she assisted youth development organizations and colleges and universities in creating and implementing scalable diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategies. She previously served as the chief diversity officer at Madonna University in Livonia, where she was responsible for DEI-related divisional performance management, strategic, and operational planning.

In her more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership, Terri has worked for and partnered with recognized organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Negro College Fund, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars, United Way International, the Michigan Department of Education, the New Mexico Department of Education, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and many others.

Terri holds a master's degree in student affairs administration and a bachelor's degree in English, both from Michigan State University. She also is certified in DEI in the workplace from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business.

Terri also serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Afterschool Association and is the proud mom of an 11-year-old son.

As the new chief culture equity inclusion officer (CCEIO), Terri will directly oversee the areas of the Bureau of Transportation Planning, the Office of Organizational Development, the Office of Business Development, the Equal Employment Opportunity Office, and the Office of Economic Development.

The new CCEIO position was designed to guide the department so that we make meaningful progress in an intentional, strategic, positive direction. MDOT as an organization cannot perform at its best unless every employee is given the tools, opportunities, and platform to perform at their best. Listening to and valuing feedback from everyone and embracing the unique perspectives and perceptions that we all bring to the table is what will allow us to reach our full potential.

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